About Wei Shen

Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Dr Wei Shen is a political economist who worked for development finance agencies in China for over ten years. His research interests include the political economy of China’s low-carbon transformation and climate change policies; China’s role in global climate finance and climate governance; and South-South cooperation on climate change issues. He is particularly interested in the role of business and private actors in the process of low-carbon transformation in the rising powers like China and India.

All posts by Wei

Xi Jinping and François Hollande in Paris

Can China be a global climate leader?

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement has sparked off another round of intense global discussion on China’s potential as a global leader on climate. Since last week, there appears to be a widespread desire for China and Europe to forge a stronger alliance to lead global efforts…

A market without trading: China’s ambition to create a nationwide Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and its challenges

It is 10 years since the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) launched. Now China is working on its own equivalent scheme, with a huge potential impact. But China’s businesses – key to its success or failure – haven’t fully embraced the scheme. In a new paper in Climate Policy, incoming STEPS member Wei Shen examines…