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Climate Change

Georgetown’s Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues addresses climate change-related issues and opportunities for cooperation through research, publications, and events that engage faculty, students, and leading stakeholders in both countries.

From spring 2016 to fall 2017, the Research Group on Climate Change, convened by Dr. Joanna Lewis of Georgetown University in collaboration with Dr. Zhang Xiliang of Tsinghua University, brought together a team of experts from the United States and China for a structured dialogue around key academic and policy issues relating to clean energy technology cooperation, climate finance, and climate policy implementation. The research group met three times in Washington and Beijing to advance a shared research agenda and inform relevant stakeholders for better policy and practical cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts. Learn more about the group's members and their work in the sections below.​

The U.S.-China Energy and Climate Cooperation Working Group, led by Dr. Joanna Lewis, convenes key U.S.-based stakeholders. The group will meet quarterly over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year to share information on ongoing “Track I” activities, opportunities for “Track II” cooperation, and developments in U.S. and Chinese energy and climate policy that influence the bilateral dynamic and wider global agenda. In spring 2019 the group will host a public colloquium on Georgetown’s campus with Chinese participants.   

For an overview of Georgetown’s engagement with climate change issues across schools and programs, visit the Global Georgetown website.

U.S.-China Climate Change Research Group

In June 2016 the Initiative constituted a U.S.-China Research Group on Climate Change. In this video members of the research group discuss the importance of U.S.-China collaboration on climate change and how the Georgetown U.S.-China Initiative contributes to bilateral dialogue and advances research on key academic and policy issues.


Hao Min portrait

Hao Min

University of International Relations

Joanna Lewis portrait

Joanna Lewis

School of Foreign Service

Associate Professor

Zhang Xiliang portrait

Zhang Xiliang

Tsinghua University

Co-convener, U.S.-China Research Group on Climate Change


Speaker giving a talk to an audience.

Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal

On Monday, January 8, 2018, Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Georgetown University's Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues held a lunchtime talk on "Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market Proposal" at Duke University's Duke in DC Center.


Blog Posts

The Future of U.S.-China Climate Change Efforts

February 12, 2018

The Trump administration has taken a different approach to climate change issues. Now, some are saying China will replace the United States as global leader in climate change. What are your thoughts on this?

This blog is part of an exit interview conducted by the initiative as the Research Group on…


A Reflection on Participation in the Research Group on Climate Change

February 5, 2018

In the last year and a half, you have been involved in the Georgetown U.S.-China Research Group on Climate Change. How has this impacted what you’ve been working on in this field? 

This blog is part of an exit interview conducted by the initiative as the research group concludes its first phase…