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Yue Cao

Research Associate

  • Climate and Sustainability
Portrait of Yue Cao

Yue has nine years of research and technical assistance experience working on climate finance, climate risks and adaptation, infrastructure analysis and Chinese development finance for think tanks, consultancies and multilateral organisations. His current work supports the access and delivery of climate finance in countries affected by the double vulnerabilities of climate and conflict, the formulation of the equity and justice principles in the global climate finance architecture, the establishment of the new climate finance goals post-2025, and improving urban resilience in small cities and peri-urban centres.

Prior to joining ODI, Yue worked in infrastructure analysis with the ITRC consortium at the University of Oxford. He previously worked on economic and climate policy for China Policy in Beijing and the Turin World Affairs Institute in Italy. Yue also has experience working on sovereign debt at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Yue holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, an MA in International Economics from the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and a BSc in International Development and Development Economics from Sapienza University. An Italian national, Yue is fluent in Italian, English, Chinese and has conversational German.

  1. A fair share of climate finance? An appraisal of past performance, future pledges and prospective contributors

    Working papers

  2. Surfacing perceptions of equity in the finance themes of the Global Stocktake

    Research reports

  3. Expert perspectives: enhancing equity in climate finance

  4. China and global development: 20 things to read in December

  5. Changing tides for China-Africa cooperation: our key takeaways from the 8th FOCAC

  6. An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience


  7. Our thoughts on COP26 – reflections on the Glasgow Climate Pact

  8. BRI energy infrastructure in Pakistan: environmental and climate risks and opportunities

    Research reports

  9. Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance

    Research reports

  10. A fair share of climate finance: apportioning responsibility for the $100 billion climate finance goal

    Working papers

  11. China and global development: 10 things to read in July

  12. Driving a green recovery in developing countries: what role is China playing?

    Research reports

  13. A fair share of climate finance? An initial effort to apportion responsibility for the $100 billion climate finance goal


  14. Pulse 3 – recover, reform,  restructure: China’s outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  15. Five expert views on China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060

  16. Economic Pulse 2: China navigates its Covid-19 recovery – outward investment appetite and implications for developing countries

    Research reports

  17. Economic Pulse 1: Covid-19 and economic crisis – China’s recovery and international response

    Research reports

  18. The impact of Covid-19 on climate change and disaster resilience funding: trends and signals

    Briefing/policy papers

  19. Climate change, conflict and fragility: an evidence review and recommendations for research and action

    Research reports

  20. Enhancing women-focused investments in climate and disaster resilience

    Research reports

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