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Miss Dan Zhang
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  • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dan is a doctoral researcher at the UCL Energy Institute. Prior to joining UCL, she achieved a master's degree in Energy Finance and a bachelor's degree in management science, both at the China University of Petroleum, Beijing (CUPB). She has previously worked as an exchange researcher for Petroleum Economics and Management at the IFP Energies Nouvelles(IFPEN), France, and was involved in several research projects commissioned by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and China’s Ministry of Energy. Her research interest focuses on the role of natural gas in China’s energy transition as well as uncertainty assessment and risks analysis.

Research Summary

Thesis title: The implications of emerging uncertainty around China's natural gas demand


Meeting the Paris-alignedtarget of ‘well below 2°C’will require countries to accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels. China has set a net-zero CO2 emissions target for 2060, which will impact domestic demand for fossil fuels and therefore global production. The future role of natural gas, however, is subject to significant uncertainty, given its potential for displacing coal in power generation and industrial sectors, and strong growth demand in recent years.


This thesis focuses on the uncertainty of China’s demand for natural gas, and the economic implications for domestic producers and exporters such as those in the Middle East and Russia. It will identify socio-economic and political drivers of demand uncertainty for China as well as explore the transition risks associated with different demand outlooks from TIAM-UCL on global producers.

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