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Elisabeth Freese, PhD student in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Lyssa is focusing her PhD on the intersection of atmospheric science and international relations, with an interest in air pollution, health, and economics in China, the U.S., and developing regions. Prior to starting her PhD at MIT, she worked at think tanks in both China and the U.S., and earned her Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Minghao Qiu, PhD Candidate in Social and Engineering Systems
Minghao is interested in understanding the impacts of China's economic policy on the air quality and carbon emissions. He is interested in combining GEOS-Chem with modeling methods from social science domain. Prior to coming to MIT, Minghao received his bachelor's degrees in environmental science and economics at Peking University in China. Minghao loves playing basketball and running in his free time.
Fiona Kinniburgh, PhD Student in Environmental Politics and Technology, Technical University of Munich
Fiona researches the governance of sustainability transitions. Based at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), she is focusing her PhD on the phase-out of chemical pollutants in the agricultural sector, through a collaboration between Miranda Schreurs (TUM) and IAS Hans Fischer Senior Fellows Noelle Selin and Henrik Selin (Boston University). She earned her bachelors degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and her Master's in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po, and has worked at think tanks and research institutes in France and in the U.S. on a variety of policy issues relating to biodiversity, agriculture, climate change, and development. In her free time, she loves to play cello and try new types of dance.
Yiqi Zheng, PhD Candidate, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Yiqi is pursuing her PhD degree in Environmental Science, Management and Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she is quantifying the impacts of shipping emissions worldwide, and a visiting student at MIT. In her research, she generates global shipping emission inventories using a bottom-up model based on Automatic Identification System (AIS) data; examines the impacts of shipping emissions under different policy scenarios using the GEOS-Chem model; and proposes policy recommendations according to scientific evidence and stakeholder engagement. She is a winner of the 2019 Future Maritime Leaders essay competition for her work on an innovative trading scheme for shipping emissions. This is the first emission trading scheme forglobal mobile emitters, which aims to offer flexibility for regulationcompliance during policy transition periods and provide financial incentivesfor a greener business. Prior to her PhD study, she earned her Bachelor degree in Materials Chemistry at Sun Yat-sen University in China, and Master degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Northwestern University in Chicago. She likes spending her free time on Tai Chi, yoga, swimming, hiking and looking for delicious food.