Environment and Climate Change, Professor and Pillar leader

LEIWEN JIANG is a professor and founding director of the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University. He also leads ADRI’s research pillar on Environment and Climate Change. His research involves methodological work on improving demographic components of integrated assessment modeling on environment and climate change policies, and explores the environmental implications of socioeconomic and demographic dynamics. He has been developing the Community Demographic Models of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) for the broader environmental and climate change research communities, and evaluating the influence of socio-demographic variables on various aspects of environmental issues.  His funded research projects explicitly explore the socio-demographic determinants of energy transition in the developing world; study the urbanization processes of different phases and forms and their effects on energy consumption, land use, greenhouse gas emissions, and wildfire risks; simulate the interactions between demographic dynamics (particularly migration) and land use and water resources; and analyze household consumption patterns and other behavioral changes and their consequences on the environment and climate systems.


Leiwen taught numerous courses at Brown University and Peking University, including Population and Environment, Demographic Methods and Techniques, and Classic Readings on Population. He also worked at several other academic institutions including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Germany, Indiana University in the US, and was Chief Demographer at Population Action International. He chairs the Scholarship Program of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WGIII Technical Committee and served as Theme Convener at the International Union for Scientific Studies of Population (IUSSP) Conference 2017 on Population, Consumption and the Environment. He was also a lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, and a member of the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Climate Change.