School of Earth and Environment

Dr Dabo Guan

Visiting Professor

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Recieved the Philip Leverhulme Prize - the prize of £70,000 is awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer of Environmental Economics and Governance at Sustainability Research Institute (SRI), University of Leeds. I specialise in international climate change policies for mitigation, climate change adaptation, scenario analysis on environmental impacts, water resources accounting and management, input-output modelling and their applications in both developed and developing countries. I am a Lead Author for the Working Group III of the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Chapter 14 on Regional Development and Cooperation.

I have authored over 50 publications, including articles published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, Science, PNAS, Environmental Science and Technology, Geophysical Research Letters, Global Environmental Changes, Energy, Ecological Economics and so on. I have received Leontief Prize 3 times and recently award for Philp Leverhulme Prize. My paper was awarded for the "Top Policy Paper 2007“by Environmental Science & Technology. My research papers usually recieve high media attention (see my personal homepage for details:

Before joining SRI, I was a Senior Research Associate at Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research (4CMR), Department of Land Economy and a Research Associate at Judge Business School, University of Camrbridge. I worked for World Wide Fund (WWF) as an Economist.

Recent Publications (since 2012)

1. Dietzenbacher, E., M. Lenzen, B. Los, D. Guan, M. L. Lahr, F. Sanchoe, S. Suh and C. Yang (2013) “Input-Output Analysis: The Next 25 Years” Economic Systems Research [IF: 2.098] (doi:10.1080/09535314.2013.846902)

2. Guan, D., X. Su, Q. Zhang, G. P. Peters, Z. Liu, Y. Lei and K. He (pending revision) “The Socioeconomic drivers of China’s primary PM2.5” Environmental Research Letters [IF: 3.582]

3. Liu Z., D. Guan, D. Crawford-Brown, Q. Zhang, K. He and J. Liu (2013) “Energy Policy: A low-carbon roadmap for China” Nature [IF: 38.597], Volume 500, Page 143 – 145 (doi:10.1038/500143a).

4. Feng K., S. J. Davis, X. Li, , L. Sun, D. Guan W. Liu, L. Zhu and K. Hubacek (2013) “Outsourcing CO2 within China” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) [IF: 9.737] Volume 110, Issue 28, Page 11654–11659 (doi: 10.1073/pnas.1219918110) The paper has received extensive international attentions and been reported by mainstream media such as BBC, Guardians and Washington Post (see section on “In the press”).

5. Meng B., J. Xue, K. Feng, D. Guan and X. Fu (2013) “China’s inter-regional spillover of carbon emissions and domestic supply chains” Energy Policy [IF:2.743] Volume 61, Page 1305-1321 (doi: j.enpol.2013.05.108)

6 Lindner, S., L. Zhu, D. Guan, G. Yong, and X. Li (2013) “CO2 Emissions from China’s Power Sector at the province level: Consumption versus Production Perspectives” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review [IF:5.627] Volume 19, Page 164-172 (doi:

7. Guan D., Z. Liu, Y. Geng, S. Lindner and K. Hubacek (2012) “The gigatonne gap in China’s carbon dioxide inventories” Nature Climate Change [IF:14.472], Volume 2, Page 672–675 (doi:10.1038/nclimate1560). The paper has received extensive international attentions and been reported by 40+ media in different languages.

9. Lindner, S., J. Legault and D. Guan (2013) Disaggregating the electricity sector of china's input-output table for improved environmental life-cycle assessment” Economic Systems Research [IF: 2.098]. Volume 25, Issue 3, Page 300-320 (doi: 10.1080/09535314.2012.746646). This paper has been award the Leontief Prize 2012 by International Input-Output Association.

10. Li J., D. Crawford-Brown, M. Syddall and D. Guan (2013) “Modelling Imbalanced Economic Recovery Following a Natural Disaster Using Input-Output Analysis” Risk Analysis [IF: 2.278], Volume 33, Issue 10, Page 1908–1923 (doi: 10.1111/risa.12040)

11. Crawford-Brown D., M. Syddall1, D. Guan, J. Hall, J. Li, K. Jenkins and R. Beaven (2013) “Vulnerability of London’s Economy to Climate Change: Sensitivity to Production Loss” Journal of Environmental Protection Volume 4, Page 548-563 (doi: 10.4236/jep.2013.46064)

12. Jacques, D. A., D. Guan, Y. Geng, B. Xue, and X. Wang (2013) “Inter-provincial clean development mechanism in China: A case study of the solar PV sector” Energy Policy [IF:2.743] Volume 57, Page 454-461 (doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.02.019)

13. Guan D. and T. S. Barker (2012) “Low Carbon Development in the least developed region: A case study of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, southwest China” Natural Hazards [IF: 1.639], Volume 62, Issue 2, Page 243-254 (doi: 10.1007/s11069-011-9993-3)

14. Liu Z., Y. Geng S. Lindner, H. Zho, T. Fujita and D. Guan (2012) “Embodied Energy Use in China’s Industrial Sectors” Energy Policy [IF:2.743] Volume 49, Page 751-758 (

15. Feng K., K. Hubacek, Y. Siu, and D. Guan (2012) Assessing Regional Virtual Water Flows and Water Footprints in the Yellow River Basin, China: a consumption based approach. Applied Geography [IF: 2.779], Volume 32, Issue 2, Page 691-701 (doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.08.004)

16. Liu, Z., Y. Geng, S. Lindner, and D. Guan (2012) “Uncovering China’s greenhouse gas emission from regional and sectoral perspectives” Energy [IF:3.651] Volume 49, Issue 1, Page 1059-1068 (doi: 10.1016/

17. Lindner, S., J. Legault and D. Guan (2012) “Disaggregating input-output models with incomplete information” Economic Systems Research [IF: 2.098] Volume 24, Issue 4, Page 329-347 (doi:10.1080/09535314.2012. 689954)

18. Chong W.H.B., D. Guan and P. Guthrie (2012) “Comparative Analysis of Carbonization Drivers in China’s Mega-Cities” Journal of Industrial Ecology [IF:2.276] Volume 16, Issue 4, Page 564-575 (doi: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00519.x)

19. Feng K., K. Hubacek, Y. Siu, and D. Guan (2012) “'Analyzing Drivers of Regional Carbon Dioxide Emissions for China” Journal of Industrial Ecology [IF:2.276] Volume 16, Issue 4, Page 600-611 (doi: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2012.00494.x)


  • Senior Member and Director of Studies in Economics of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge
  • Associate of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research and Electricity Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge
  • Research Fellow, AXA Group

Research Interests

Current research students

Soren Lindner
PhD student at University of Cambridge, works on "Role of Carbon Capture-ready Power Plants to Aid in Accelerated Decarbonisation of the Global Economy"

Andy Skelton
PhD student at University of Cambridge, works on "Sectoral approaches to climate policy for energy-intensive industries"

Areas for PhD supervision
I welcome queries on doctoral dissertation projects on topics such as:

  • Trade and the environment: theories, methods and applications
  • Water resources accounting and management and quantification of water ecosystem services in developing countries
  • Climate change mitigation: regional, national and subnational cooperation and development
  • Climate change adaptation: methods and applications of quantifications of infrastructure and socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience.