I am a PhD candidate in International Relations/Political Science, affiliated with the Centre for International Environmental Studies, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, in Geneva, Switzerland. My research interest lies in on environmental governance and politics, with a regional focus on China and emerging economies. I’m particularly interested in the rise and effects of transnational governance initiatives led by non-state actors, such as private certification programs and public-private partnerships.
Funded by Doc.CH grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation, my dissertation project examines China’s uptake of private sustainability standards in food and agricultural sectors. I also participate in a large survey project on nexus between food and environmental/climate governance. My published work covers a range of topics, including online environmental activism, China’s environmental policy, global chemicals governance, and climate change governance.
Besides my research, I am also a writer for Earth Negotiations Bulletin, and have attended various intergovernmental meetings. I hold a M.A. in International Relations/Political Science from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2014), also M.A and B.A from Nanjing University.
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