Luyao Zhang
Assistant Professor of Economics at Duke Kunshan University

Luyao (Sunshine) Zhang is Assistant Professor of Economics and Senior Research Scientist at Data Science Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. She has an abiding passion for interdisciplinary collaborations, especially related to Behavioral Science (Game Theory and Mechanism Design), Fintech (Blockchain and DeFi),  Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning and Automated Applications), and Interdisciplinary Big Data (Green Finance and Sustainability). Her publications appear in economic journals for general interest and beyond including American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the World Economy, Remote Sensing, Journal of Digital Earth, Data and Information Management, etc.

She has taught economics courses and beyond for students with diverse backgrounds in U.S., Europe, and China, proposing an initiative of Artificial Intelligence and Business Strategy. She has won several teaching prizes for innovation in project-based education. She is passionate about promoting undergraduate research and research for teaching and learning. The course entitled “Intelligent Economics: An Explainable AI Approach” that she developed in this spirit has been listed in the undergraduate curriculum for students major in Economics, Data Science, and Computer Science.

Luyao has dedicated herself to service with empathy, which she believes is one critical cornerstone of any civil society. She has served the academic community and beyond. She serves on the research policy committee at Duke Kunshan University. She also is the associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Computational Social System and the ambassador for Startup Genome in Shanghai. She is the co-Founder for SciEcon CIC, an NPO registered in the UK aiming to cultivate integrated talents in Science and Economics.  She was the Founding President for Dance Illumination, an NPO aiming at promoting diverse dance histories.


Current Research Interests

  • Behavioral Science (Game Theory and Mechanism Design)
  • Fintech (Blockchain and DeFi)
  • Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning and Automated Application)
  • Interdisciplinary Big Data (Green Finance and Sustainability)

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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