Chunbo Ma

Associate Professor, MSc PhD Rensselaer

  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G027, Agriculture North West Wing, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 1176 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
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Personal profile


I studied Economics at Nankai University in China and then worked in the Agricultural Bank of China for three years. I completed a master with a major in Environmental Economics, Values and Policy in 2003 and a PhD in Ecological Economics in 2007 both at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US.

Funding overview

Ministry of Education of the PRC Key Grant, Studies of urban and rural land market in China, (Leading CI: Anlu Zhang; co-CI: Michael Burton and Ben White), RMB 800,000, 2014.
NSFC General Program Grant (NSFC 71373078), Non-market valuation of environmental externalities in power generation sector and policy models of promoting energy saving and emission mitigation, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Leading CI: X.L. Zhao, North China Electric Power University), RMB 570, 000, 2013.
Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia, Modelling Productivity Performance of China’s Coal-Fired Power Generation, (with North China Electric Power University), $A 10, 000, 2013.
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Reseach Council, Social Learning:The Diffusion of Residential Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels in Australia, A$372,000(2013-2015)
ECR Fellowship Support Grant, University of Western Australia, Solar Panel Diffusion in Australia, A$30,000(2013-2015)
Discovery Project (DP120101088), Australian Research Council, Energy Transitions: Past, Present and Future, David I. Stern, ANU; Chunbo Ma, UWA; Jack Pezzey, ANU and Astrid Kander, Lund U., $A240,000 (2012-2014).
Research Development Award, University of Western Australia, The Diffusion of Household Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Western Australia, Chunbo Ma and Michael Burton, AU$9,300 (2011)
Research Development Award, University of Western Australia, Preferences and Willingness-to-pay for Green Power in Western Australia, Chunbo Ma and Michael Burton, AU$20,700 (2010)
Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia, Who lives on the wrong side of the environmental track? – modeling the distribution of industrial pollution exposure among communities in China, Chunbo Ma, UWA and Qingyu Zhang, Zhejiang University, AU$5,000 (2009)
Alcoa Foundation Fellowship, University of Michigan, Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and electric utility reforms in China, US$100,000 (2007-2009)
Center for the Applied Studies of Economics and the Environment (CASEE) Research Award, International Rivers Network, Sustainability of World Bank's energy portfolio and UNEP-DDP Compendium, US$5,000 (2006)
Chauncey Starr Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, doctoral research on China’s economic growth and energy consumption, US$60,000 (2005-2007)
Research Scholarship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US$30,000 (2003-2005)
Teaching Scholarship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US$12,000 (2002-2003)

Previous positions

Alcoa Foundation Sustainability Research Fellow, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, School of Natural Resource and Environment, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, US, 2007-2009
Research Consultant, International Rivers Network, US, 2006
Research Assistant, Department of Economics, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, 2003-2005
Teaching Assistant, Department of Economics, School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US, 2002-2003

Teaching overview

ECON 1120, Environmental Economics (Sem 1)
ECON 1120, Environmental Economics (Sem 2)
ECON 3323, Business and the Environment
ECON 4410, Environmental and Resource Economics


Energy/Resource/Environmental Economic; Agricutlural Economics; Productivity and Efficiency Analysis; Non-market Valuation; Chinese Economy




  • Energy economics
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Choice modelling
  • Non-market valuation
  • Economics of renewable energy
  • Productivity and efficiency analysis

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Research Output 2004 2018

  • 1176 Citations
  • 18 h-Index
  • 44 Article
  • 3 Doctoral Thesis
  • 2 Review article

An economic analysis of how the rural poor in Vietnam cope with income shocks

Nguyen, T. H. G., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Income shocks
Economic analysis
Low income
Risk seeking

A socio-economic study on smallholder acacia plantations in Indonesia: factors affecting past and future adoption

Permadi, D. B., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

rural development
4 Citations (Scopus)
environmental economics
ecological economics
4 Citations (Scopus)
greenhouse gas emissions
9 Citations (Scopus)

Energy Efficiency Convergence in China: Catch-Up, Lock-In and Regulatory Uniformity

Huang, J., Yu, Y. & Ma, C., May 2018, In : Environmental and Resource Economics. 70, 1, p. 107–130 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

energy efficiency
Energy efficiency
Environmental protection
environmental protection

Projects 2009 2015