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2016-07-19

Sustainable Urban Transport in China - A Meeting of the Minds interview with Xumei Chen

Meeting of the Minds talked with Xumei Chen about sustainable urban transport in China. Ms. Chen is Associate Professor and Director for Policy and Standard Division at the China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport in the China Academy of Transportation Sciences of the Ministry of Transport in China. Her main research areas include low carbon transport policies, energy conservation and emission reduction, environmental and energy technologies as well as climate adaptation.

Xumei Chen works as one of the key reseach fellows in the China Urban Sustainable Transportation Research Center (CUSTReC), an international think tank on urban transport under Ministry of Transportation, China. In 2014, She once worked as an economist at TP/ ITF at OECD, and during the year 2010 to 2013, she worked for the Climate Change Department of the National Development and Reform Commission of China(NDRC)for 3 years and was among the expert team for developing the National Climate Adaptation Strategy of China which was published on November, 2013.She was in charge of the multilateral cooperation with GEF, UNDP, UNEF and other international organizations, as well as bilateral cooperation with EU, U.K, Germany and some African countries in climate change. She was the focus point to develop the national project ‘Climate Change South-South Cooperation Framework Project’ with cooperation with over ten developing countries.She acted as the key member to organize the first China Pavilion in COP17/CMP7 in Durban, South Africa, and she was also among the team to develop the Climate Champions for International Youth in the year 2012.She also worked as a long-term technical consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, GIZ and other international organizations. She was among the IPCC report reviewer for SPM recommended by MoT and NDRC. With five monographs published, she also published 12 articles in international and national journals. She has been invited by several international conferences as a speaker.

Christina Olsen holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and a BA in Environmental Studies – with a joint major in
Anthropology – from the University of Victoria. She provides research, advisory services, project management, planning, and general management to a wide range of sustainability organizations and projects around the world. She uses this background to leverage system change for cities, being particularly interested in rooftops, bioregional carrying capacity, urban metabolism, and how our social, natural, and built environments can be better harmonized for regenerative cities.

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