Yixian Sun is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development at the University of Bath, UK. He studies transnational governance, environmental politics, and sustainable development. His research seeks to explain whether and how different types of governance initiatives can help emerging economies and developing countries achieve sustainability transitions. Yixian also works on the political economy of global food system transition and has designed large-scale surveys in multiple countries to investigate public opinion on sustainable food consumption. More recently, he started to examine the sustainability impacts of China’s overseas investment in the Global South, especially in the energy sector.
Yixian’s research appeared in major academic journals including Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Politics, Global Food Security, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Nature Food, and the Review of International Political Economy. Originally from China, Yixian hols a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.