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

The energy transition is an essential pathway to meet the challenge of climate change, and the energy transition is also a large-scale socio-economic and technological system transition. The transition process requires a long timeframe, significant investment and governance. It also requires the cooperation of all sectors of society, including policy makers, research institutions, energy industry, transport sector, etc. My 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


International Forum on Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals, Beijing, September 2023

Computational Social Science Summer Workshop, 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 School, University of Edinburgh, June 2023

All-Energy and Decarbonise Conference, Glasgow, May 2023


Additional Information

In 2022, I re-joined the University of Glasgow to do a PhD in Economic and Social History. I continued my research on political economy, energy transition and sustainable development. Previously, I obtained my MSc degree from the University of Glasgow in 2021, majored in Global Economy. My master's dissertation is about the Policy, Practice and Performance of the energy transition in the German power sector (Grade A). 

After my Master's year, I worked as a Research Assistant for the Institute of New Economic Development (INED), a government research institute based in Sichuan, China. During my time at INED, I was involved in research projects convened by UN Habitat on future cities, new economy, carbon neutrality, green innovation and sustainable development. I was also involved in a study on the new economy and women's equality in China (the new economy refers to industries that use innovative and cutting-edge technologies that facilitate industrial production and economic growth) initiated by UN Women and jointly conducted by INED and the National Development Institute of Peking University.

Before coming to Glasgow, I graduated from Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST) and worked as a User Research Assistant (intern) at Tencent.