Christopher Zhu, Taught Postgraduate, Centre for Environmental Policy

Christopher Zhu

“My commitment to climate action is driven by a sense of responsibility shared by my generation to safeguard our world for future generations.”

As an environmental policy student, Imperial has shaped my academic and personal growth over the past few years and motivated me to pursue a career addressing the significant challenges of climate change. My deep-rooted passion for environmental policy stems from a desire to understand and combat the detrimental impacts of human activity on our planet, ensuring a sustainable and equitable future for all. This commitment to climate action is driven by a sense of responsibility shared by my generation to safeguard our world for future generations.

Imperial has offered me the opportunity to be involved in a wide range of research projects, volunteer work, and mentorship activities aimed at tackling important sustainability issues, spanning in scale from global conferences to being active in the local and university community.

As the student representative of Imperial’s Centre for Environmental Policy, I am very proud to have won the Royal College of Science Union Award. I advocated for student involvement in sustainability initiatives and led projects focused on reducing the local community’s carbon footprint, increasing recycling, and promoting green technologies. I have also supported local community initiatives as I worked on the environmental assessment project for the London Borough of Hounslow.

I have had the opportunity to engage with and contribute to international organisations and forums, such as my role as a Fellow at the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA), and as the Chair at CODATA Connect. Additionally, I have actively participated as a young scientist in events such as the United Nations World Data Forum and the United Nations Economic and Social Youth Forum. During COP28, I conducted research focusing on climate finance for small island developing states. I am currently working under the guidance of the former World Bank Chief Economist with a research focus on low- and middle-income countries’ ability to address issues pertaining to climate financing gaps in transitioning towards net-zero goals. I also served as a special representative of the International Science Council at the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States this year, where I helped shape climate change policies, highlighting the unique challenges faced by small island nations and advocating for international cooperation.

Through these experiences, I have gained valuable insights into various sustainability-related challenges and their impact on communities around the world. I am committed to continuing my work in these areas, and I am grateful to be part of the academic community at Imperial that shares the same commitment towards creating a sustainable future.


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