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Tianshu Li

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Tianshu obtained his BA MA in Economics from the University of Tokyo, PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia, and then worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Darden School of Business on interdisciplinary projects in water resources. Before joining XJTLU, he was an assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Development of Nanjing Audit University.Tianshu’s main fields of interest are environmental and resource economics, development economics, and regional economics. His recent research topics cover water market, water quality management, forestation, carbon emission, air pollution, poverty alleviation, etc. He has publications in both economics and interdisciplinary environmental sciences journals, including Nature Sustainability, Environmental Research Letters, Advances in Water Resources, The World Bank Economic Review, Land Economics, China Economic Review, etc.

Research interests

Environmental and Resource Economics

Development Economics

Regional Economics


Assistant Professor, International Business School Suzhou, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - 2022 to Present

Assistant Professor, Institute of Urban Development, Nanjing Audit University - 2018 to 2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia - 2016 to 2018


ECO 321 Environmental Economics

BUS 303 Final Year Project

ECO 104 Economic Principles for Business and Markets

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA - 2016

M.A., University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - 2010

B.A., University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - 2008

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