Prof. Shen Qu

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Shen Qu

Beijing Institute of Technology

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research

No.5, Zhongguancun South Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100081, China




Associate Professor, School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, 

Associate Professor, Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology, 

March 2020 - 


Postdoctoral Fellow, School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan, 

July 2015 - March 2020

Supervisor: Ming Xu



Ph.D. in Economics, Georgetown University, Washington DC, June 2015

Adviser: Rodney D. Ludema

Thesis Title:  Essays on the Political Economy of Trade Policy and Trade Agreements


B.S. in Mathematics and Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, July 2009



Trade and the Environment, Water-Energy Nexus, Urban Sustainability, Industrial Ecology



Guest lecturer, Environmental Footprint Analysis, University of Michigan, Fall 2017

Instructor, International Trade, Georgetown University, Summer 2013

Teaching assistants for economic and statistics courses, Georgetown University, 2010-2014



Young Scholar Award (for Achievements in Industrial Ecology by a Researcher who Received Ph.D. in Last Three Years), Chinese Society for Industrial Ecology, 2018

Dow Sustainability Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2015-2017

Merit-based Scholarship & Teaching Assistantship, Georgetown University, 2009-2014

Academic Scholarship & Outstanding Student Leader, Tsinghua University, 2006-2007



Nature Communications, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental International, Applied Energy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Science of the Total Environment, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Resources Conservation & Recycling, Sustainability, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Neural Computing and Applications, Land Degradation & Development, Economic Modelling, Earth's Future, Transport Policy    



2019: Abstract Review Committee Member, International Symposium for Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST), Portland, Oregon, U.S.

2018: Guest Editor, Special Volume of the Journal of Cleaner Production on Sustainable Urban Mining: Potential, Impact, and Management

2018: Scientific Committee Member, International Conference on Resource Sustainability, Beijing, China



Journal of Cleaner Production

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management

Resources, Conservation and Recycling

Advance in Environmental Waste Management & Recycling




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JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS (*corresponding author; #co-first author)

1. Qu, S.; Yang, Y.; Wang, Z.; Zou, J.-P.; Xu, M.*, Great Divergence Exists in Chinese Provincial Trade-Related CO2 Emission Accounts. Environmental Science & Technology 2020.

2. Gao, Z.; Li, Y.; Qu, S.*; Xu, M., Supply chain-wide sectoral water use characteristics based on multi-perspective measurements. Journal of Cleaner Production 2020, 268, 122345.

3. Yang, Y.; Qu, S.*; Cai, B.; Liang, S.; Wang, Z.; Wang, J.; Xu, M., Mapping global carbon footprint in China. Nature Communications 2020, 11, (1), 2237.

4. Zhao, H.; Qu, S.*; Liu, Y.; Guo, S.; Zhao, H.; Chiu, A. C. F.; Liang, S.; Zou, J.-P.; Xu, M., Virtual water scarcity risk in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2020, 160, 104886.

5. Li, J.; Wang, L.*; Lin, X.; Qu, S.*, Analysis of China’s energy security evaluation system: Based on the energy security data from 30 provinces from 2010 to 2016. Energy 2020, 198, 117346.

6. Zhao, H.; Qu, S.*; Guo, S.; Zhao, H.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Virtual water scarcity risk to global trade under climate change. Journal of Cleaner Production 2019, 230, 1013-1026.

7. Yang, Y.; Qu, S.*; Wang, Z.; Xu, M., Sensitivity of sectoral CO2 emissions to demand and supply pattern changes in China. Science of The Total Environment 2019, 682, 572-582.

8. Song, K.; Qu, S.*; Taiebat, M.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Scale, distribution and variations of global greenhouse gas emissions driven by U.S. households. Environment International 2019, 133, 105137.

9. Feng, C.; Qu, S.*; Jin, Y.; Tang, X.; Liang, S.; Chiu, A. S. F.; Xu, M., Uncovering urban food-energy-water nexus based on physical input-output analysis: The case of the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Applied Energy 2019, 252, 113422.

10. Zhang, S.; Taiebat, M.; Liu, Y.; Qu, S.*; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Regional water footprints and interregional virtual water transfers in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 2019, 228, 1401-1412.

11. Yang, X.; Yi, S.; Qu, S.*; Wang, R.; Wang, Y.; Xu, M., Key transmission sectors of energy-water-carbon nexus pressures in Shanghai, China. Journal of Cleaner Production 2019, 225, 27-35.

12. Duan, H.; Song, G.; Qu, S.; Dong, X.; Xu, M., Post-consumer packaging waste from express delivery in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2019, 144, 137-143.

13. Xu, M.; Cui, Y.; Hu, M.; Xu, X.; Zhang, Z.; Liang, S.; Qu, S., Supply chain sustainability risk and assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production 2019, 225, 857-867.

14. Huang, C.-L.; Qu, S.*; Gao, B.; Huang, Y.; Fang, H.; Yan, X.; Cui, S.; Xu, M., Effects of urbanization on phosphorus metabolism in a typical agricultural area. Journal of Cleaner Production 2019, 214, 803-815.

15. Qu, S.; Guo, Y.; Ma, Z.; Chen W-Q.; Liu J.; Liu G.; Wang Y.; Xu, M., Implications of China’s foreign waste ban on the global circular economy. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 2019, 144, 252-255.

16. Wang, H.; Wang, W.; Liang, S.; Zhang, C.; Qu, S.; Liang, Y.; Li, Y.; Xu, M.; Yang, Z., Determinants of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Interconnected Grids in China. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, (3), 1432-1440.

17. Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Zhao, Q.; Zhang, X.; Daigger, G. T.; Newell, J. P.; Miller, S. A.; Johnson, J. X.; Love, N. G.; Zhang, L.; Yang, Z.; Xu, M., Quantifying the Urban Food–Energy–Water Nexus: The Case of the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53, (2), 779-788.

18. Zhang, Y.; Qu, S.#; Zhao, J.; Zhu, G.; Zhang, Y.; Lu, X.; Sabel, C. E.; Wang, H., Quantifying regional consumption-based health impacts attributable to ambient air pollution in China. Environment International 2018, 112, 100-106.

19. Yang, J.; Zhou, Q.; Liu, X.; Liu, M.*; Qu, S.*; Bi, J., Biased perception misguided by affect: How does emotional experience lead to incorrect judgments about environmental quality? Global Environmental Change 2018, 53, 104-113.

20. Wu, T.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.; Peng, T.; Ou, X., Development and application of an energy use and CO2 emissions reduction evaluation model for China's online car hailing services. Energy 2018, 154, 298-307.

21. Tian, X.; Wu, Y.; Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M.; Zuo, T., Modeling domestic geographical transfers of toxic substances in WEEE: A case study of spent lead-acid batteries in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 2018, 198, 1559-1566.

22. Tian, X.; Wu, Y.; Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Chen, W.; Xu, M.; Zuo, T., Deriving hazardous material flow networks: A case study of lead in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 2018, 199, 391-399.

23. Taiebat, M.; Brown, A. L.; Safford, H. R.; Qu, S.; Xu, M., A Review on Energy, Environmental, and Sustainability Implications of Connected and Automated Vehicles. Environmental Science & Technology 2018.

24. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Konar, M.; Zhu, Z.; Chiu, A. S. F.; Jia, X.; Xu, M., Virtual Water Scarcity Risk to the Global Trade System. Environmental Science & Technology 2018, 52, (2), 673-683.

(Selected for the Environmental Science & Technology's Early Career Scientists Virtual Issue Highlighting Outstanding Early Career Investigators)

25. Qu, S.; Li, Y.; Liang, S.; Yuan, J.-H.; Xu, M., Virtual CO2 emission flows in the global electricity trade network. Environmental Science & Technology 2018.

26. Hou, P.; Cai, J.; Qu, S.; Xu, M., Estimating Missing Unit Process Data in Life Cycle Assessment Using a Similarity-Based Approach. Environmental Science & Technology 2018, 52, (9), 5259-5267.

27. Cai, B.; Liang, S.; Zhou, J.; Wang, J.; Cao, L.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.; Yang, Z., China high resolution emission database (CHRED) with point emission sources, gridded emission data, and supplementary socioeconomic data. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2018, 129, 232-239.

28. Tian, X.; Wu, Y.; Hou, P.; Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Xu, M.; Zuo, T., Environmental impact and economic assessment of secondary lead production: Comparison of main spent lead-acid battery recycling processes in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 2017, 144, 142-148.

29. Qu, S.; Wang, H.; Liang, S.; Shapiro, A. M.; Suh, S.; Sheldon, S.; Zik, O.; Fang, H.; Xu, M., A Quasi-Input-Output model to improve the estimation of emission factors for purchased electricity from interconnected grids. Applied Energy 2017, 200, 249-259.

30. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., CO2 Emissions Embodied in Interprovincial Electricity Transmissions in China. Environmental Science & Technology 2017, 51, (18), 10893-10902.

31. Liang, S.; Stylianou, K.; Jolliet, O.; Supekar, S.; Qu, S.; Skerlos, S. J.; Xu, M., Consumption-based human health impacts of primary PM 2.5: The hidden burden of international trade. Journal of Cleaner Production 2017, 167, 133-139.

32. Liang, S.; Feng, T.; Qu, S.; Chiu, A. S.; Jia, X.; Xu, M., Developing the Chinese Environmentally Extended Input‐Output (CEEIO) database. Journal of Industrial Ecology 2017, 21, (4), 953-965.

33. Tian, X.; Wu, Y.; Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M.; Zuo, T., The disposal and willingness to pay for residents' scrap fluorescent lamps in China: A case study of Beijing. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2016, 114, 103-111.

34. Liang, S.; Wang, H.; Qu, S.; Feng, T.; Guan, D.; Fang, H.; Xu, M., Socioeconomic drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Environmental science & technology 2016, 50, (14), 7535-7545.

35. Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Zhu, Z.; Guan, D.; Xu, M., Income-based greenhouse gas emissions of nations. Environmental science & technology 2016, 51, (1), 346-355.

36. Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Xu, M., Betweenness-based method to identify critical transmission sectors for supply chain environmental pressure mitigation. Environmental science & technology 2016, 50, (3), 1330-1337.

37. Liang, S.; Qi, Z.; Qu, S.; Zhu, J.; Chiu, A. S.; Jia, X.; Xu, M., Scaling of global input–output networks. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 2016, 452, 311-319.

38. Liang, S.; Guo, S.; Newell, J. P.; Qu, S.; Feng, Y.; Chiu, A. S.; Xu, M., Global drivers of Russian timber harvest. Journal of Industrial Ecology 2016, 20, (3), 515-525.

39. Ji, L.; Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Zhang, Y.; Xu, M.; Jia, X.; Jia, Y.; Niu, D.; Yuan, J.; Hou, Y., Greenhouse gas emission factors of purchased electricity from interconnected grids. Applied Energy 2016, 184, 751-758.

40. Yue, Y.; Wang, T.; Liang, S.; Yang, J.; Hou, P.; Qu, S.; Zhou, J.; Jia, X.; Wang, H.; Xu, M., Life cycle assessment of high speed rail in China. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 2015, 41, 367-376.

41. Li, W.; Han, R.; Chen, Q.; Qu, S.; Cheng, Z., Individual-based modelling of fish population dynamics in the river downstream under flow regulation. Ecological Informatics 2010, 5, (2), 115-123.

42. Qu, S.; Chen, Q.; Recknagel, F., Cellular automata based simulation of random versus selective harvesting strategies in predator–prey systems. Ecological informatics 2008, 3, (3), 252-258.



1. Qu, S., Shuai, C.Y., Xu, M.; Urban Scaling of Energy and Water Flows in China. Oral Presentation, 10th International Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, July 9, 2019, Beijing, China

2. Liang, S.; Qu, S.; Daigger, G. T.; Newell, J. P.; Love, N. G.; Xu, M., Preliminary Study on Detroit's Urban Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus. Poster presentation, University of Michigan MCubed Symposium, November 2, 2017, Ann Arbor MI

3. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Water scarcity risk to global trade system under climate change. Oral presentation, Joint Conference of ISIE and ISSST, June 27, 2017, Chicago, IL

4. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Water scarcity risk to global trade system. Poster presentation, Gordon Research Conference of Industrial Ecology, June 20, 2016, Stowe, VT

5. Qu, S.; Wang, H.; Shapiro, A. M.; Suh, S.; Sheldon, S.; Zik, O.; Xu, M., A Quasi-Input-Output model to improve the estimation of emission factors for purchased electricity from interconnected grids. Oral presentation, 24th International Input-Output Conference, July 5, 2016, Seoul, South Korea

6. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Water scarcity risk to global trade system. Oral presentation, Conference on Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus, July 15, 2016, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

7. Qu, S.; Liang, S.; Xu, M., Water scarcity risk to global trade system. Oral presentation, Center for Sustainable Systems Research Forum, October 16, 2015, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

8. Qu, S., Tariff bindings and lobby participation. Oral presentation, Midwest Economic Theory and International Trade Meetings, October 17—19, 2014, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

9. Qu, S., Tariff bindings and lobby participation. Oral presentation, Georgetown International Trade Seminar, October 13, 2014, Washington DC




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