The Team



Vigil Yangjinqi Yu

Vigil Yangjinqi Yu

Research Analyst, China

Role at the Foundation

Vigil is part of the China project team and is currently based in Beijing to support the Foundation’s work from the ground. After contributing to the initial project that explored China's circular economy potential, her role has transitioned to engaging the most relevant Chinese stakeholders in knowledge and experience exchange on implementing circular practices in China and abroad.


Vigil grew up in China, did her undergraduate studies on pre-medical biology and philosophy in the United States, and then went to Europe for her Master's degree in industrial ecology. After exploring the interdisciplinary field of sustainability at Leiden University, TU Delft, Chalmers University, she completed her master thesis on implementing circular economy in cities, comparing two theoretical approaches based on urban metabolism. Upon graduation, she continued to pursue her interest in circular economy at the urban scale as an intern at TNO (a Dutch applied science consultancy), developing a model to quantify and better manage the building stock for Dutch cities. Vigil loves travelling, reading, writing about environmental issues and has recently picked up diving. She aspires to write for the Guardian about the environmental, economic and social interface and become a part time Diving Instructor one day

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