Yan Zhang

MSc (Beijing Institute of Technology); BSc (Tongji University)
PhD Student

Yan Zhang is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Her research focuses on building energy efficiency, energy policy and urban environment. She is supervised primarily by Professor Xuemei Bai, and co-supervised by Assoc. Prof. Frank Mills and Dr. Jack Pezzey. With a particular interest in human’s role in energy and environmental issues, she intends to explore the relationship between occupant behavior and building energy performance from a multidisciplinary perspective for her PhD studies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management from Tongji University (2012) and a Master’s degree in Energy & Environmental Management from Beijing Institute of Technology (2015). She also has enjoyable and valuable research experiences in a wide range of topics, including low carbon cities, mechanism research of urban systems, urban-rural development, urban planning, real estate management, etc. In addition, she contributes to the academic community as a reviewer for many journals, including Energy and Buildings, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Transportation Research Part F: Psychology and Behaviour, and Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, etc.

Selected research projects:

  • China Energy Report (2014): Energy Poverty Research (2013-2014, funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China)
  • Macro Strategy Research on Low Carbon Development of China: A case study of Yichun, Heilongjiang (2013-2015, funded by National Development and Reform Commission of China)
  • Planning for Binhu New District of Wujiang, Suzhou (2011-2012, supported by Wujiang Planning Bureau)
  • A Study on the Relationship between Technology Progress at the County Level and Balanced Urban-Rural Development (2010-2011)
  • Mechanism Research on Three Key Systems Interaction and Land Management of Shanghai Hongqiao Central Business District (2010-2011, supported by Hongqiao CBD Administrative Committee)

Research interests

Building energy efficiency; human-building interaction; energy policy; urban systems

  1. Zhang, Y., Bai, X., Mills, F. P., & Pezzey, J. C. V. (2018). Rethinking the role of occupant behavior in building energy performance: A review. Energy and Buildings, 94, 279-294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.05.017
  2. International Energy Agency (2017). Tracking Clean Energy Progress: 2017 (Chinese version). Translated by the Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology. Beijing: Science Press, 2017. (Translation work, in charge of the Buildings chapter)

  3. Zhang, Y., He, C. Q., Tang, B. J., & Wei, Y. M. (2015). China's energy consumption in the building sector: A life cycle approach. Energy and Buildings, 94, 240-251. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.03.011

  4. Yu, H., Pan, S. Y., Tang, B. J., Mi, Z. F., Zhang, Y., & Wei, Y. M. (2015). Urban energy consumption and CO2 emissions in Beijing: current and future. Energy Efficiency, 8(3), 527-543. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12053-014-9305-3

  5. Y. Zhang, S. Pan,J. Chevallier, Y. Wei (2015). An overview of building energy efficiency research: A bibliometrics perspective. (Working paper)