A young ecological economist at The University of Western Australia has been awarded a Fellowship in Low Emissions Coal Technology (LECT).
Assistant Professor Chunbo Ma, of UWA's School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has been named a 2013 Australia China Emerging Future Leader by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE).
Assistant Professor Ma studied Economics at Nankai University in China before working in the Agricultural Bank of China for three years. He received a PhD in Ecological Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic University in the US.
At UWA, his research covers issues as diverse as solar roof panels, environmental conservation in hotels, underground power lines, petrol prices, and energy efficiency and environmental performance in the Chinese economy.
The Fellowship will enable Assistant Professor Ma to meet leading Chinese and Australian experts in LECT and attend the 7th Australia China Joint Commission Group Meeting in Melbourne on 22 October. He will also go to a workshop organised by ATSE and China Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute.
An ATSE spokesperson said the importance of establishing closer collaboration between researchers and industry in LECT in both Australia and China was paramount.
"International collaboration enhances quality research and development and helps promote greater opportunity for innovation and commercialisation," she said.
Assistant Professor Ma's Fellowship is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Joint Coordination Group on Clean Coal Technology.