Junjie Zhang is Director of the Environmental Research Center and the International Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program at Duke Kunshan University, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is a co-editor of China Economic Review. He also serves as a vice chair for the Chapter of Environmental Economics in the Chinese Academy of Environmental Science, an advisory board member for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and a board member for the Professional Association for China’s Environment. Prior to the current position, he was an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. His research centers on empirical issues in environmental and resource economics, with topics covering air pollution, energy transition, and climate change. His research projects have been funded by U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, China National Natural Science Foundation, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Energy Foundation, The World Bank, and Asian Development Bank. He holds a B.S. from Renmin University of China, a B.S. and a M.S. from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University. 

School Division

Environmental Sciences & Policy


  • Ph.D., Duke University (2008)

Selected Publications