Co-chair, Urban Knowledge-Action Network Steering Committee
Xuemei Bai is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology and an Australian Research Council’s Laureate Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University. Her research interests include: understanding the structure, function, processes and evolution of urban social ecological systems, the drivers and impacts of urbanization, urban metabolism, cities and climate change, urban sustainability experiments an transition, and more recently on Anthropocene futures and Earth system boundaries. Prof. Bai is a member of the Earth Commission, leading its Working Group 5 on methods of cross scale translation from planetary limits to cities and businesses. In the past, she served as Vice Chair of IHDP, and as an inaugural member of Future Earth Science Committee leading the development of its Urban Knowledge-Action Network. Prof. Bai is a Fellow of Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia since 2017, and was named as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People in Climate Change Policy in 2019 and 2022. She is the Laureate of the Volvo Environment Prize 2018, and the Global Economy Prize 2021.