Dr. Zhifu Mi is a Professor of Climate Change Economics at University College London (UCL). He has published papers in leading journals, such as LancetScience AdvancesNature EnergyNature Food, and Nature Sustainability.

He was named in the Clarivate Highly Cited Researchers list and Forbes ’30 Under 30′ Europe list. He was awarded the 2018 World Sustainability Award for his leading research in the methodological developments and applications of carbon footprint. In addition, his research was awarded the 2021 Best Paper Award in Energy Economics, 2018 Top 50 Earth and Planetary Sciences Articles in Nature Communications, 2017 Best Early Career Article in Environmental Research Letters, and 2016 Highly Cited Original Paper in Applied Energy.

He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics (IF=5.059) and an Executive Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=11.072).

He won the “Award for Outstanding Research Supervision” in the UCL Education Awards 2022.


Topic 1: Carbon footprints. 

  • Z Mi*, J Zheng, J Meng*, J Ou, K Hubacek, Z Liu, D Coffman, N Stern, S Liang, Y-M Wei*. Economic development and converging household carbon footprints in China. Nature Sustainability. 2020, 3, 529–537.
  • Z Mi, J Meng, D Guan*, Y Shan, M Song, YM Wei, Z Liu, K Hubacek. Chinese CO2 emission flows have reversed since the global financial crisis. Nature Communications. 2017, 8, 1712.

 Topic 2: Air pollution and health. 

  • M Romanello, …, Z Mi, …, I Hamilton*. The 2021 Report of the Lancet countdown on health and climate change. Lancet. 2021, 398(10311), 1619-1662.
  • L Tang, J Qu, Z Mi*, X Bo*, X Chang, L D Anadon, S Wang, X Xue, S Li, X Wang, X Zhao. Substantial emission reductions from Chinese power plants after the introduction of ultra-low emissions standards. Nature Energy. 2019, 4, 929-938.
  • L Chen, S Liang*, M Liu, Y Yi, Z Mi*, Y Zhang, Y Li, J Qi, J Meng, X Tang, H Zhang, Y Tong, W Zhang, X Wang, J Shu*, Z Yang*. Trans-provincial health impacts of atmospheric mercury emissions in China, Nature Communications. 2019, 10, 1484.

Topic 3: Sharing economy. 

  • Z Mi*, D Coffman*. The sharing economy promotes sustainable societies. Nature Communications. 2019, 10, 1214.
  • Y Zhang, Z Mi*. Environmental benefits of bike sharing: A big data-based analysis. Applied Energy. 2018, 220: 296-301.

Topic 4: Climate change integrated assessment model (IAM).

  • P Yang, Z Mi*, YF Yao, YF Cao, DM Coffman, LC Liu. Solely economic mitigation strategy suggests upward revision of nationally determined contributions. One Earth. 2021, 4(8): 1150-1162.
  • P Yang, YF Yao, Z Mi*, YF Cao, H Liao, BY Yu, QM Liang, DM Coffman, YM Wei*. Social cost of carbon under shared socioeconomic pathways. Global Environmental Change. 2018, 53: 225-32.


Journal Special Issue: Call for Papers on “Pathways to Carbon Neutrality”for the journal Environment, Development and Sustainability.



Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2022

Carbon neutrality is a state of net zero carbon dioxide emissions, which can be achieved by carbon removal from the atmosphere or reduced emission from its sources. Carbon neutrality is not only related to climate change mitigation, but also delivers unprecedented and tremendous changes to society. This special issue focuses on how countries or regions achieve carbon neutrality goals and their impacts at different levels.


Database: Carbon footprints of 465 global cities in 2020



Reference: X Sun, Z Mi*, et al. Using crowdsourced data to estimate the carbon footprints of global cities. Advances in Applied Energy, 2022, 8, 100111.