Qi Ye, a leading expert on China’s environmental policy, is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy (BTC) in Beijing. His research focuses on China’s policies on climate change, environment, energy, natural resources, and urbanization. His recent work examines low carbon development in China, including an annual report analyzing how China is balancing its economic growth and environmental challenges. Qi also headed up the design of China’s first low carbon development plan, for the city of Baoding in Hebei Province.

Along with his duties as BTC director, Qi serves as the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy and Management at Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. From 1996 through 2003, he taught ecosystem management and climate change science at the University of California, Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Prior to joining the BTC, he was director for the Climate Policy Initiative in Beijing and director of the Climate Policy Institute at Tsinghua University.

Qi received his doctorate in environmental science in 1994 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and from Syracuse University in New York. A recipient of a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (1994) and National Science Foundation Fellowship (1995), Qi Ye studied agriculture, ecology and economics at Hebei Agricultural University, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Qi publishes extensively on and serves as reviewers for a number of international journals including Science, Nature and Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, published Environmental Governance in China in 2008, and co-authored the book, "The Governance of Climate Relations between Europe and Asia" (2013). He is principal investigator and chief editor of the Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China which has been published in both English and Chinese since 2010.