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The 4th eoYouth Summer Field Trip

Jul 18th 2016 20:15

The eo Youth Summer Field Trip is a program sponsored by Energy Observer magazine and organized by the Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program at Duke Kunshan University. The purpose of the program is to encourage college students to observe, investigate, and analyze energy issues with firsthand experience. To achieve this goal, we provide financial support and academic mentorship throughout the program.

Energy is a grand topic, but is also related to our daily life. It appears abstruse, but can be analyzed through dividing it into smaller pieces. The eoYouth Summer Field Trip program aims to incentivize the younger generation to develop interests on energy issues, to disseminate energy knowledge, and to explore the path towards sustainable energy use.

In 2016, our preferred topics for the field trips include:

  1. The reform of electric power system (transmission and distribution price reform, deregulation of the electricity retail market, power market development, reform of electricity generation and consumption planning, demand side response, ancillary services, etc.)      
  2. The reform of the oil and gas system (pipelines, storage, quota, ownership reform, etc.)      
  3. Energy innovation (concept, significance, business model, etc.)      

Once your team is selected, you will be provided:

  • The opportunity to investigate real-world energy issues through field trips
  • Up to 20,000 RMB financial support for your field trip
  • Training by the Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) Program at Duke Kunshan University
  • Mentorship from Duke University professors, internationally renowned scholars, and experienced experts.
  • A platform to present your field trip results

Energy topics are not that difficult. Any undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in energy is eligible to apply! This summer, let’s take a trip again!

Training Agenda

July 13 (Wed) 9:00 – 10:00: WebEx test and Orientation

July 18 (Mon) 9:00- 16:00:4 sessions






9:00 – 10:30


Energy policy

Gang He


10:30 – 12:00


Energy economics

Changgui Dong


13:00 – 14:30

Communication skills

Writing/presentation skills

Junjie Zhang


14:30 – 16:00

Research methods

Statistics and social research methods

Keith Dear


Faculty Intruction

Dr. Gang He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University, as well as a Visiting Faculty Affiliate for the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Dr. He’s work focuses on energy modeling, energy economics, energy and climate policy, energy and environment, domestic coal and power sectors and their key role in both the global energy supply and in international climate policy framework. He also studies other interdisciplinary aspects of global climate change and the development of lower-carbon energy sources.

Junjie Zhang is Director of Environmental Research Center and Director of Master of Environmental Policy Program at Duke Kunshan University, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is also a Senior Adviser of Asia Society. Prior to the current position, he was an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. Zhang's research centers on empirical issues in environmental and resource economics. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach that integrates social sciences, engineering and natural sciences to deal with environmental policy problems. His research topics cover air pollution, water resources, energy and climate change. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Resource Economics from Duke University, an M.S. and a B.S. in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University, and a B.A. in environmental economics and management from Renmin University of China. 

Keith Dear PhD joined the faculty of DGHI in September 2013 as Research Professor of Global Health (Environmental Health). From November 2013 he will be based at Duke Kunshan University in China, to serve as inaugural Director of the MSc in Global Health there.

Dr Dear's disciplinary background is in biostatistics, especially as applied to clinical trials, environmental epidemiology, and health impact assessment and projection. His current research focuses on global environmental health, especially air quality and vector-borne disease in relation to climate change. He is an associate editor of Environmental Health Perspectives and a contributing author in Working Group II of the IPCC.

Dr. Changgui Dong is an assistant professor in Public Policy at Renmin University of China, School of Public Administration and Policy. He is also a research fellow at the National Academy of Development and Strategy, RUC.  Dong’s research mainly focuses on energy and environmental economics, technological change, policy evaluation and China’s governance. He is particularly interested in analyzing energy and environmental policies from an interdisciplinary perspective, and understanding China’s governance through the lens of renewable energy and environment policies. He also studies the electricity market, big data analytics and other quantitative modeling techniques.


students should apply for this program in teams. Each team has at least 3 students (preferably multidisciplinary, undergraduate and graduate students are all eligible) and 1 instructor from the university. Each team will need to choose a research topic from the above-mentioned three areas. Students from mainland China or other countries and regions are all eligible to apply. Teams outside of China do not need to come to China to conduct the field trip. Instead, students can choose a local/domestic energy topic close to where they are.


  1. Application deadline:  July 4, 2016
  2. Announcement of selected teams: July 8, 2016 (Please check Energy Observer website and Wechat platform)
  3. Training: July 18, 2016
  4. Field trip and report writing: July 19 and September 30
  5. Presentation: October 23, 2016

(The arrangement is subject to change. Please subscribe to energyobserver on Wechat) 

Contact us

Phone: 020-3812 0938 or 020-3812 0944