Carbon Neutral Cities Research Analyst - Sustainable Cities Program

Data Analysis & Technical Research Beijing, China




Research Analyst, Sustainable Cities






WRI China Sustainable Cities program is seeking a dedicated, analytical, results-oriented Research Analyst to provide research and administrative support for projects related to carbon neutral cities. The successful candidate will join a team that will work in a cross-programs and multidisciplinary platform in WRI, with Chinese governmental agencies, research organizations, and universities to (i) produce high-quality research and identify policy options to accelerate subnational actions toward carbon neutrality; (ii) liaise with city and national partners and deliver on-the-ground iconic projects; and (iii) strengthen capacity for implementing carbon neutral cities in China and beyond.




  • Conduct desk research and write high-quality research reports to inform policy-making and pilot implementation, abiding with WRI’s standard publication process.
  • Coordinate with demonstration cities, provincial governments or national partners to carry out policy research and ensure the quality and impacts of project deliverables.
  • Help organize internal/external policy dialogue meetings, international workshops, national conferences, local capacity building workshops, and other dissemination activities to enlarge the influence of the research reports, tools, and models.
  • In collaboration with senior level staff, manage outcomes of the projects.
  • Write communication collaterals—including blogs, op-eds, or infographics for the research products and pilot projects.
  • Provide administrative supports for the project as necessary.



  • Master’s degree in urban planning and design, environmental management and planning, environmental engineering, energy planning, or related fields. PhD degree is a plus.
  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience in the above fields.
  • Proficient with statistical analysis and software (like Stata, SPSS, or R). Modeling and programing skills are a plus.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Chinese (Mandarin) and English.
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated team spirit with good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, handle multiple priorities and deliver under tight deadlines, with good academic and work ethics.
  • Willingness to travel and to concentrate on field work as needed.


How to Apply


Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal ( to be considered. Please submit cover letter and CV with your application.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.

Finalists will need to submit at least 1 writing sample in English, preferably a published journal article.


Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package


Duration: Full-time


Location: Beijing, China


Application Deadline: Open till filled.


About WRI China


WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first international office. Currently, WRI China has more than 30 full-time staff members working on Climate & Energy, Sustainable Cities, Green BRI, and Food & Land. We engage with businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions for sustainable development and “ecological civilization”. WRI China recently registered as a foreign NGO under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.


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