A.Prof. Wenling Liu

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Ph.D. and Associate Professor
Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research (CEEP), Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)
School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)



Address: 5 South Zhongguancun Street, Beijing 100081, China
Tel: +86-10-6891-8073

E-mail: liu_wenling@126.com; liuwenling@bit.edu.cn

Research Interests



Her research concentrates on household or individual behaviours in terms of energy consumption and adaptation to climate change, by majorly applying tools and methods of environmental sociology and behavioural research. She has published more than 20 articles on journals and books on topics such as sustainable consumption, household energy use behaviour and low carbon transition.  

Educational background



Wageningen University. NL     Ph.D in Environmental Economics and Sociology

Sep.2006 – July.2008  

Nankai University, China       Master in Industrial Economics    

Sep.2002 – July.2006    

Renmin University of China     Bachelor in National Economics Management    
Publications (selected)



  1. Wenling Liu. Exploring a low carbon development in rural China: the role of households. PhD Thesis, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 2013, ISBN: 9789461735539.
  2. Wenling Liu, Can Wang. Low carbon urban development in China: policy and practices. Article in Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China (Routledge International Handbooks) (English), edited by Eva Sternfeld , Routledge Press, London, 2017.
  3. Wenling Liu, Zhaohua Wang. The effects of climate policy on corporate technological upgrading in energy intensive industries: evidence from China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017,142:3748-3758
  4. Wenling Liu. Is renewable energy effective in promoting local economic development? The case of China. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, 2016, 8, 025903
  5. Wenling Liu, Peter Oosterveer, Gert Spaargaren. Promoting sustainable consumption in China: a conceptual framework and research review. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2016, 134:13-21
  6. Wenling Liu, Jinyun Zhang, Bettina Bluemling, Arthur Mol,Can Wang. Public participation in energy saving retrofitting of residential buildings in China. Applied Energy, 2015, 147:287-296.
  7. Wenling Liu, Gert Spaargaren, Arthur Mol, NicoHeerink, Can Wang. Low carbon rural housing provision in China: participation and decision making. Journal of Rural Studies, 2014, 35: 80-90.
  8. Wenling Liu, Gert Spaargaren, NicoHeerink, Arthur Mol, Can Wang. Energy consumption practices of rural households in north China: basic characteristics and potential for low carbon development. Energy Policy, 2013, 55: 128-138.
  9. Wenling Liu, Can Wang, Arthur Mol. Rural public acceptance of renewable energy deployment: the case of Shandong in China. Applied Energy, 2013,102: 1187-1196.
  10. Wenling Liu, Can Wang, Arthur Mol. Rural residential CO2 emissions in China: Where is the major mitigation potential. Energy Policy, 2012, 51(12): 223-232.
  11. Wenling Liu, Can Wang, Xi Xie, Arthur Mol, Jining Chen. Transition to a low-carbon city: lessons learned from Suzhou in China. Frontier of Environmental Science and Engineering in China, 2012, 6(3): 373-386.
  12. Yuan Yang, Can Wang, Wenling Liu, Peng Zhou. Microsimulation of low carbon urban transport policies in Beijing. Energy Policy, 2017, 107,561-572.
  13. Guo Li, Wenling Liu, Zhaohua Wang, Mengqi Liu. An empirical examination of energy consumption, behavioral intention and situational factors: evidence from Beijing. Annals of Operation Research, 2016,Aprial,DOI: 10.1007/s10479-016-2202-8
  14. ShuaiGao, WenjiaCai, Wenling Liu, Can Wang,ZhongXiang Zhang. Corporate Preferences for Domestic Policy Instruments under a Sectoral Market Mechanism: A Case Study of Shanxi Province in China. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015, 108:613-624.
  15. Xianbing Liu, Masanobu Ishikawa, Can Wang, Yanli Dong, Wenling Liu. Analysis of CO2 emissions embodied in Japan-China trade. Energy Policy, 2010, 38(3):1510-1518.
  16. WenjiaCai, Can Wang, Wenling Liu, Ziwei Mao, Huichao Yu, Jining Chen, Sectoral Analysis for International Technology Development and Transfer: Cases of Coal-fired Power Generation, Cement and Aluminium in China. Energy Policy, 2009, 37(6): 2283-2291.
  17. Xuejie Bai, Junli Hu, Wenling Liu. Cost efficiency of listed electronics information firms in China. Journal of Management Research, 2009, 9(1): 27-34
  18. Wenling Liu, Gert Spaargaren. Theoretical review and prospect on sustainable consumption research. Journal of Nanjing Technology University, 2017,1,84-91 (in Chinese)
  19. Wenling Liu, Can Wang, Gert Spaargaren, Arthur Mol. China’s low carbon transition and ecological modernization. Chinese Population, Resources and Environment, 2012,22 (9):15-19 (in Chinese).
  20. Wenling Liu, Can Wang. Practices and patterns of low carbon city development. Chinese Population, Resources and Environment, 2010, 20(4): 17-22 (in Chinese).

International Conference Reports



[1]“GHG Reduction Options in China's Aluminum Sector”                                May 11, 2009
Sectoral Study and Policy Implementation Workshop, hosted by Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China                    
[2]“Rural Household Energy Consumption and Low Carbon Transition”                     Oct 18, 2012
PhD exchange Workshop in the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden. 
[3] “Low Carbon Rural Housing Provision: Participation and Decision Making”           Aug 27, 2013
International conference “Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Rural China- Governing Markets”, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Nanjing, China
[4]  “Promoting sustainable consumption in China: review and research agenda”          June 5, 2014
Sustainable Production and Consumption Conference, hosted by Global Research Forum and Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Research Grants or projects


[1] Jan.2015-Dec.2015, 
Distribution features and influencing factors of household residential carbon emissions in China, Funded by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), principal investigator
[2] Jan.2015-Dec.2016, 
Research on Energy Consumption Patterns of High-emitting Household Groups and the Influencing Factors, Funded by Beijing Institute of Technology for young researcher, principal investigator
[3] Sep.2012-May.2014, 
Sino-German Low Carbon Future Cities: Wuxi and the Düsseldorf+ Region, Launched by Wuppertal Institute, Germany, 
[4] May. 2011-May.2012, 
Development of Technological Roadmap for Establishing a Low Carbon Economy in Shandong, Launched by the Energy Foundation (EF-US)
[5] Nov.2008-Jan.2010, 
Development of Strategy and Roadmap for Establishing a Low Carbon Economy in Suzhou, Launched by the Energy Foundation (EF-US)
[6] Aug.2008-Dec.2008,
Sectoral Analysis for International Technology Development and Transfer, Launched by NDRC (CN), a project in UN-China Climate Change Partnership Framework, working paper for negotiations in COP14 
[7] Oct.2008-Feb.2009,
GHG mitigation potential analysis in Chinese energy-intensive sectors, Launched by Center of Clean Air Policy (CCAP-US)
[8] Oct.2008-May.2009,
Research on the Analysis of Carbon Content of Japan-China trade, Launched by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES-Japan)
[9] Nov.2008-Jan.2010,
CDM methodology developing for energy efficiency buildings project, Launched by GTZ (DE), Ministry of Construction and Tsinghua University (CN)