Lichao is a doctoral researcher at UCL Department of Economics. His main research field lies on transportational and environmental economics. His research focuses on the social-welfare impact of various environmental policies in aviation industry by integrating computational game theory. Other research includes impact of the subsidy for electric vehicles in western europe, and the dynamic effect of the technological adoption upon phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles.
Prior to his PhD, he completed a Bsc in economics at University of Birmingham, and a Msc in economics at University College London.