Kun Gu

Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.A. and B.A. in economics, Tsinghua University


Kun Gu is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and assistant policy analyst at RAND. Her research interest lies in international development with a particular focus on agriculture, environment and enregy, and global health.

Recent work includes sustainable agriculture development in China; the future of mobility in China from the perspective of demographics, economics, energy, and transportation supply and constraints; agglomeration externality of special economic development zones in Indonesia; and the impact of better midwife service in rural areas of Nigera. Gu utilizes both experimental and non-experimental research methods in her work.

Gu graduated from Tsinghua University with a B.A. and a M.A. in economics. Prior to coming to Pardee RAND, she was a member of the China Center for Political Economy and worked as a research assistant at Center for Chinese Enterprise Development Research. She worked on projects involving resource management, agriculture and food security, energy and the environment, and technology innovation for renewable energy. She is fluent in Mandarin and has basic knowledge of Spanish.