Alice Bian

Policy Fellow

Alice Bian

Lei (Alice) Bian is Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is leading a policy-relevant research project on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in accelerating a just transition to net zero in lower-income countries, with a focus on Southeast Asia. She is a member of the LSE-Southeast Asia Early Career Research Network.


Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Alice was the Environment Researcher at Clean Air Asia, where she undertook policy and economic analyses on air quality management and climate change for China and Southeast Asia. Prior to this, she interned with the World Health Organisation for the Western Pacific Region (WPRO) in the Philippines, where 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

  • Energy and climate change policy
  • Climate change and health
  • Climate change and food security
  • Regional cooperation and integration
  • Sustainable finance