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Roundtable on the Political Ecology of China, ICTA UAB (EnvJustice project)

Date: 2017-11-28

Roundtable on the Political Ecology of China, ICTA UAB (EnvJustice project) 

Date: Tuesday, 28th November 2017
Time: From 15 to 17.30h
Venue: Room Z/023 ICTA-UAB
Language: English

Topics and Speakers:

  1. Resigned activism and environmental politics in contemporary China. Prof. Anna Lora-Wainwright, Associate Professor in the Human Geography of China, University of Oxford.
  2. Environmental Evolution and Health Risks. Prof. Ajiang Chen, Research Centre of Environment and Society, Hohai University, Nanjing, China
  3. Understanding the environment-health-poverty complex in rural China through the lens of pneumoconiosis. Dr. Juan Liu, EnvJustice Project, ICTA, UAB

Chair: Grettel Navas, PhD candidate, EnvJustice project, ICTA-UAB

Professor Ajiang CHEN was born in 1963. He obtained his PhD degree in sociology in 1997 from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is the dean of the Department of Sociology, the director of the Research Centre of Environment and Society at Hohai University, Nanjing, and the Chairman of the Committee of Environmental Sociology in Chinese Sociology Association. His main research interests are environmental sociology and the development of rural areas. He conducted many research projects, including “Environmental Behaviour and Non-point Source Water Pollution Study (2012--2017)”and “Water-Human Relationship Study (2007-2010)”, sponsored by National Social Science Foundation. He has published series of books including: Domestic Waste Management in Urban China: Challenges and Solutions (2016), The Investigation on “Cancer Villages” (2013), The Secondary Anxiety: A Sociological Study on the Water Pollution in Tai Lake (2010) and Institutional Innovation and Area Development (2000). He is also the (co)author of over 50 articles mainly in Chinese journals.

Professor Anna Lora-Wainright, member of the Advisory Board of the EnvJustice project. Associate Professor in the Human Geography of China, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University; an MA in Chinese Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Since 2004, Anna has carried out over 2 years of fieldwork in rural China on various aspects of villagers' experiences and understandings of health. Her first monograph Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Sichuan Village (2013, University of Hawai'i Press) is the first book-length ethnography to offer a bottom-up account of how families strive to make sense of cancer and care for sufferers in contemporary rural China. Her second monograph, Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China (2017, MIT Press) draws on fieldwork in three sites and on a close analysis of Ajiang Chen’s work on ‘cancer villages’ to examine the complex spectrum of local responses to pollution. Anna also edited a special collection for The China Quarterly on 'Dying for Development: Pollution, Illness and the Limits of Citizens' Agency in China' (2013) and co-edited a special section of the journal AREA on ‘Peering Through Loopholes, Tracing Conversions: Remapping the Transborder Trade in Electronic Waste’ (2015, with Peter Wynn Kirby).

Juan Liu holds a PhD in development studies from China Agricultural University, and has been a postdoc at The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague. Her research interests and publications include: internal migration and left-behind population, social policies, rural politics, land politics, and political economy of agriculture, food and environment. She is assistant professor at College of Humanities and Social Development, Northwest A&F University, China, and she is in the global secretariat of the BRICS Initiatives for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) and is co-editor of the BICAS Working Paper Series. At ICTA-UAB, she researches on changes in the social metabolism of China and the impacts on the natural environment and society.

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