Xuemei Bai is a Professor of Urban Environment and Human Ecology at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Professor Bai’s research focuses on the science and policy of rapid urbanization and urban system sustainability, including: drivers and consequence of urbanization, structure, function, processes and evolution of urban sociao-ecological systems, urban metabolism, urban sustainability experiments and transition, cities and climate change, and urban environmental policy and governance. Professor Bai authored/co-authored over 100 publications, including several in Nature and Science. She is a Lead Author for 4 major international assessments- the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the Global Energy Assessment, IPBES Global Assessment, and IPCC AR6. Professor Bai served on the Science Committee of Future Earth, and is a Co-Chair of its Urban Knowledge-Action Network. She was the Vice Chair of the Science Committee of the International Human Dimensional Program for Global Environmental Change (IHDP), and a member of the European Research Council assessment panels for Consolidator and Advanced grants. She was a member of Global LafargeHolcim Award Jury for 2018. She is a Deputy Editor of Global Sustainability, and serves on the Editorial Board of 8 other international journals. Professor 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. She is the 2018 Laureate of the Volvo Environment Prize.