Graduation Year: May 2020
Research Focus: Climate change, environmental policy, environmental equity, development studies
Chengcheng Mei is a second-year Master of Public Policy student at the Price School of public policy of USC. Born and raised in an industrial city in northern China, she is growing up knowing how people are struggling between economic development and environmental protection. Thereby she develops keen interests in understanding how climate change and environment issues interact with other sustainability crises like poverty eradication and health equity with an international scope.
She works as a research assistant at the USC Center for Sustainability Solutions where she conducts researches and impact analysis on novel poverty alleviation models to probe into its sustainability in effects and potential of scale-up in other areas of the world. During her stay at USC, she has been contributing to an evaluation of different alternatives for congestion pricing in Los Angeles County through cost-benefit analysis and spatial analysis. In the meanwhile, Chengcheng serves as a youth advisor to a Chinese NGO where she initiates climate education programs and writes editorials on international climate negotiation and governance.
Upon graduation, Chengcheng plans to continue Ph.D. study with a concentration on sustainability and environmental equity. She hopes to find out mechanisms that work for developing countries to build up climate resilience and at the same time, to enhance economic opportunities.