Research Team

China Policy Analyst (Remote)

Remote   |   Full Time

China is responsible for most of the growth in global CO2 emissions since 2000, and for most of the growth in installed capacity of wind and solar power. The country faces a severe air pollution problem but has achieved some of the most rapid improvements in air quality on record. Chinese banks are the largest financiers of coal-fired power plants overseas, while the country’s solar manufacturers produce most of the panels installed around the world. In short, for both air pollution and climate change, what happens in China doesn’t stay in China, but is a make-or-break for global efforts.

At CREA, we aim to hold a mirror to these efforts and help both Chinese and international actors track progress, and identify problems and solutions.

We are recruiting a China policy analyst to monitor developments related to air quality, energy and emissions trends and policies in China. You will keep track of new developments, policies and public debate using official government publications, online sources, social media and professional networks. Assess the impacts of new events on emissions and air quality. Write reports, briefings and articles and give presentations in both Chinese and English to inform decision-makers and the public about the impacts of air pollution, latest trends and solutions.

You will work with a team of analysts and data scientists who provide you with cutting-edge analysis of air quality, energy, satellite and financial data, and whom you will help locate and obtain data from Chinese sources.


What you will do

Conducting in-depth analyses on a variety of topics in China’s energy sector in general, and about industrial energy use in particular, regarding energy conservation, emissions abatement, clean technology solutions, industrial policy, and product standards.

  • Drafting and reviewing research terms of reference, analysis and conclusions, research reports, and policy briefings.
  • Developing and presenting policy and technical recommendations for Chinese and international audiences, partners, stakeholders, and existing and potential grant funders.
  • Coordinating with team members on project implementation and output delivery.
  • Communicating evidence-based research findings to policy-makers in areas of China’s energy transition in general and in regard to industrial energy in particular.

Job Qualifications

Good command of Chinese and English (spoken and written)

  • Master’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years of work experience in the energy or industrial or related research or consulting sector, with strong research and analysis skills.
  • Good knowledge of Chinese energy policy and industrial policy and business models, and of clean energy technologies.
  • Research expertise in iron and steel, cement and chemicals is  a plus.
  • Experience working in multicultural contexts.
  • A team player with high performance and accountability.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects and contribute flexibly in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.

What we can offer you

  • One-year contract - or - project-based (depending on your preference)
  • A remote & time-flexible working environment
  • Remuneration based on skills & experience, and competitive with standard pay based on the location
  • A meaningful and potentially very impactful mission
  • Health insurance
  • Membership to a co-working space


About CREA

Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) is a new independent research organization focused on revealing the trends, causes, and health impacts, as well as the solutions to air pollution. 

We use scientific data, research and evidence to support the efforts of governments, companies and campaigning organizations worldwide in their efforts to move towards clean energy and clean air. We believe that effective research and communication are the key to successful policies, investment decisions and advocacy efforts.

CREA is a non-profit organization incorporated in Finland and currently has 8 staff members in 6 different countries.

Please send your CV and a short motivation letter.

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