Yan (Stefanie) Zhang

PhD Scholar
Fenner School of Environment & Society


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


Yan (Stefanie) Zhang 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, 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

    Stefanie's 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

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