Hebin Qi

Email: h.qi.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Address: Adam Smith PGR Hub, Level 4, Adam Smith Buliding, 28 Bute Gardens, Glasgow G12 8RS

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0673-215X

Research title: The Political Economy of Energy Transition in the Germany and the United Kingdom, from 1990 to the Present

Research Summary

Hebin Qi’s research aims to compare and analyse the political economy of the energy transition in the UK and Germany, reconstruct the historical process of the energy transition, assess the progress of energy transition and identify the challenges in the current transition process.

Research Interest:

  • Global Political Economy
  • Climate Change and Energy Transition
  • Business, Environment, and Sustainability 
  • Technology Transfer


  • China Scholarship Council (CSC) PhD Scholarship, 2023-2026


  • Summer Institute on the History of Economics, Duke University, Durham NC, June 2024
  • International Forum on Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals, Beijing, September 2023
  • Computational Social Science Summer Institute, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, August 2023
  • European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) Policy Conference, European Commission, Brussels, June 2023
  • Royal Economic Society (RES) PhD Conference, Glasgow, June 2023
  • Text & Data Analysis Summer Institute, University of Edinburgh,Edinburgh, June 2023
  • All-Energy and Decarbonise Conference, Glasgow, May 2023

Additional Information

Hebin Qi is a Ph.D. candidate in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, funded by the UofG-CSC Scholarship. His research focuses on the Political Economy of Energy Transition in the UK and Germany from 1990 to the present. Hebin concurrently serves as a Research Assistant at Tsinghua University's Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy, where he analyzes the policies and practices of UK offshore wind and hydrogen.

Before rejoining the University of Glasgow for his doctoral studies, Hebin worked at the Institute of New Economic Development, a government research institute and think tank of China. Here, he contributed to research projects related to industrial economics, regional economics, urban development, gender equality, decarbonization, and sustainable development, convened by Chinese government, UNDP, UN-Habitat, and UN Women. Hebin also served as a Part-time Researcher for the Carbon Peaking and Carbon Neutrality Talent Insights Report, focusing on the implications of China's carbon-neutral policy on industry dynamics and employment, funded by the China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation. 

Hebin Qi holds a Bachelor of Management degree in Accounting and Finance from Kunming University of Science and Technology, China, earned in 2019. During his undergraduate years, he undertook the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) training, and he actively explored various industries through internships, such as working as a user researcher at Tencent Technology. He furthered his academic journey by earning a Master of Science edgree in Global Economy from the University of Glasgow in 2021. His dissertation focused on the Policies, Practices, and Performance of the Energy Transition in the German Electricity Sector from 1990 to 2020, earning a Grade A.