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Research interests

My research focuses on transnational governance, environmental politics, and sustainable development in the Global South. I seek to explain whether and how different types of governance initiatives can help large emerging economies, China in particular, achieve sustainability transitions. My book project examines China's engagement in transnational sustainability certification of agricultural commodities. I have published research papers on private governance in major academic journals including Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Politics, and the Review of International Political Economy.

Another area of my research is the political economy of global food supply chains. I have collaborated on large-scale survey experiments in China, Germany, the US and the UK to investigate citizens' incentives in changing consumption behavior and their preferences for different standards and regulations on sustainable food. 

Recently I started to expand my work on the sustainability impact of China-funded development projects around the world. I am currently design research projects in this area. 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I am wiling to supervise PhD students who want to work on global environmental governance, corporate sustainability strategies, sustainable development in China, and the impact of China's foreign investment in the Global South. For those who are interested in these areas, please contact me by email.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science/International Relations, Doctor of Philosophy, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Award Date: 27 Nov 2018

Political Science/International Relations, Master of Arts, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Award Date: 12 Sep 2014

International Studies, Bachelor of Arts, Nanjing University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

External positions

Environmental Studies Section Outreach committee member, International Studies Association (ISA)

Mar 2019 → …

Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project


  • JZ International relations
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • China
  • Environmental Politics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Transnational Governance
  • Non-state Actors
  • Global value chains
  • Climate Change
  • Political Economy


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