Awards & Membership


  • Best Paper Award, 2019 Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GCREC) Annual Real Estate Conference
  • Best Paper Award, China Urban 100 Forum
  • Honorable Mention for the 2017 PROSE Award in Environmental Science, Association of American Publishers, for my book “Blue Skies over Beijing” (Princeton University Press, co-authored with Matthew E. Kahn)
  • Fellow, Homer Hoyt Institute, the US
  • The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholar, National Science Foundation of China
  • Youth Yangtze River Schola, Ministry of Education of China
  • Award for Science and Technology Advancement (2nd prize), China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development
  • Best Valuation Paper Award, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at the 2014 Asian Real Estate Society Annual Conference
  • The National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholar, National Science Foundation of China
  • Post-Doctoral Honoree, Homer Hoyt Institute, the US
  • Best Teaching Award, Tsinghua University


Government and Other Outside Committees, Service Activity

  • Global Future Council on Clean Air, World Economic Forum, Member, 2020-2021
  • Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), President, 2018-2019
  • Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Vice President, 2017-2018
  • Chinese Economists Society (CES), Vice President, 2019-Present
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA), Board Member; Conference Organizing Committee, Member, 2019-Present
  • Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES), Board Member, 2012-Present
  • Environmental and Resource Economics, Co-Editor, 2020-Present
  • Journal of Regional Science, Associate Editor, 2019-Present
  • Journal of Economic Surveys, Associate Editor, 2013-Present
  • China Economic Review, Associate Editor, 2018-Present
  • Real Estate Economics, Editorial Board Member, 2021-Present
  • Journal of Housing Economics, Editorial Board Member, 2009-Present
  • Special Issue “Urban Network and Vibrancy”, Habitat International, Guest Editor, 2019
  • Special Issue “China's urbanization and housing market”, Journal of Housing Economics, Guest Editor, 2016
  • Special Issue “Environmental Economics and Sustainability”, Journal of Economic Surveys, Guest Editor, 2016


Current Organizational Membership

  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) - Member, 2010-Present
  • Urban Economics Association (UEA) - Member,  2010-Present
  • American Economic Association - Member, 2010-Present
  • Chinese Economist Society - Member, 2013-Present
  • Asian Real Estate Society - Member, 2002-Present


Symposia Organized

  • 2020 Chinese Economists Society North America Virtual Conference (zoom) - Understanding the Spatial Economy: Cities, Regions and Trade.

  • 2020 Workshop on Shared Micro-Mobility. August 12, 2020 (zoom).

  • 2020 CRE Virtual Summer Research Seminar I “COVID-19’s Impact on Our Wellbeing in Cities” (zoom).

  • 2020 Workshop on New Data and Methods in Environmental Studies. December 11, 2019, MIT.

  • 2019 Asian Real Estate Society Annual International Conference. July 2019, Shenzhen, China. Conference President and Organizer. 
  • MIT Mini Urban Economics and Policy Workshop. May 7 and April 30, 2019, Cambridge MA. Organizer. 
  • MIT China New City Forum. November 12, 2019. Beijing, China. Organizer. A
  • “China Future Cities” Symposium, November 16, 2017. Cambridge MA. Organizer. 
  • “Smog Economics” Workshop, December 20, 2016. Beijing, China. Organizer.
  • “Green Cities in Asia” Workshop, October 15, 2016. Beijing, China. Organizer.
  • The 4th International Workshop on Regional, Urban and Spatial Economics in China. June 6-7, 2015. Beijing, China. President and Organizer.
  • Workshop on “Real Estate Prices: Measurement and Dynamics”. December 18, 2012. Beijing, China. Co-organizer. With National Bureau of Statistics of China.
  • Workshop on “Urban Spatial Modeling and Its Applications in China”. August 8, 2011. Beijing, China.