Yixian Sun is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and an affiliate with the Council on East Asian Studies of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University . His research interests include environmental politics, private governance, and sustainable consumption. His work seeks to explain whether and how transnational governance initiatives can help large emerging economies, China in particular, achieve sustainability transitions.

Yixian’s work has been published or is forthcoming in major scientific journals including Global Environmental Politics, the Review of Inter national Political Economy, Ecological Economics and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. A Chinese national, Yixian received his PhD (2018) and Master’s (2014) in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva , Switzerland , and a B.A from Nanjing University in Nanjing, China . He has also worked as a writer of Earth Negotiations Bulletin to attend meetings of several international environmental agreements.

Selected publications

  • Schleifer, P., & Sun, Y. (2018). Emerging markets and private governance: the political economy of sustainable palm oil in China and India. Review of International Political Economy, 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1080/09692290.2017.1418759
  • Sun, Y. (2017). Transnational Public-Private Partnerships as Learning Facilitators: Global Governance of Mercury, Global Environmental Politics, 17 (2), 21-44, doi:10.1162/GLEP_a_00399.
  • Fedorenko, I., & Sun, Y. (2016). Microblogging-based civic participation on environment in China: A case study of the PM 2.5 Campaign. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations27(5), 2077-2105, doi: 10.1007/s11266-015-9591-1.
  • Sun, Y. (2016). The Changing Role of China in Global Environmental Governance. Rising Powers Quarterly1(1), 43-53, accessible at http://risingpowersproject.com/quarterly/changing-role-china-global-environmental-governance/.