Alice Bian

Policy Fellow (Belt and Road Initiative)

Alice Bian

Lei (Alice) Bian is Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She manages a high-profile project on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, particularly in relation to climate change, energy, economics and development in host countries, with a focus on Indonesia.


Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Lei was the Environment Researcher at the Clean Air Asia China office, where she undertook policy and economic analyses on air quality management and climate change. Prior to this, she interned with the World Health Organisation for the Western Pacific Region (WPRO), Manila, the Philippines. She primarily contributed to the development of concept notes for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on building low-carbon and climate-resilient health systems in the Pacific and Southeast Asian countries. Previously, she joined the Asian Development Bank (ADB) PRC Resident Mission as a consultant/ Regional Cooperation Coordinator for the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program.

She holds a BA in History and Philosophy of Science, and Economics and a Master of Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia. She also holds an MSc in Global Energy and Climate Policy from the SOAS University of London.

Research interests

  • Global energy and climate policy
  • Sustainable finance and climate change
  • Health co-benefits of climate action
  • Regional cooperation and integration