Daniel Morley is a member of the British section of the International Marxist Tendency. Besides Marxist theory, he is a specialist in the history of the Chinese Communist Party up to 1949 and follows carefully the evolution of Chinese capitalism and society.
His works on China can be read at Socialist.net and the London Progressive Journal
Talk title: The Chinese working class in revolution from 1911 to today
Isabel Hilton OBE is a writer, broadcaster and editor with extensive experience in international journalism. Her work has been published in wide range of international media, including the New Yorker, LA Times, New York Times, Financial Times, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Time, Granta, Lettres Internationale, the Guardian,The Independent etc. Her other work includes radio and television documentaries, long form journalism and books. Currently primarily focused on China with particular emphasis on climate change and environmental issues. She has also reported from Latin America, South and East Asia, Europe and Africa.
In 2006, she founded chinadialogue, a fully bilingual website devoted to fostering cross cultural discussion of global issues, including environment and climate change, energy, environmental law, rights etc, for which she was appointed OBE in 2009.
Her other activities include: Institute for Human Rights in Business (trustee), Freeword (trustee), GE Citizenship Programme Advisory Panel (member), OSI Fellowship Panel (member) Bureau of Investigative Journalism, (advisory board) and many public appearances, lectures, keynotes and panel discussions.
You can follow her on Twitter, view her profile on LinkedIn and read her articles on The Guardian.
Sam Geall is Research Fellow on Low-Carbon Innovation in China at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), at University of Sussex, and Executive Editor of chinadialogue. He was formerly Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography of China at University of Oxford. In 2013, he was International Coordinator of “Promoting Social Media and Public Participation in China’s Green Development”, a Special Policy Study for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), and is editor of China and the Environment: The Green Revolution (Zed Books, 2013). He is on the board of the EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange. His writing on Chinese affairs has appeared in many international publications, including State of the World 2014, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Index on Censorship, Solutions, Green Futures and Foreign Policy.
Talk title: Green movements in China
Dr. Tara Garnett initiated and runs the Food Climate Research Network at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. This is a network of over 2000 individuals, from across disciplines and sectors and from over 70 countries worldwide who share a common interest in food system sustainability. Tara’s work focuses on the contribution that the food system makes to climate changing emissions and how its impacts might be reduced, considering both technological and consumption-based approaches. She is particularly interested in the relationship between emissions reduction objectives and other social and ethical concerns, notably human health, livelihoods, and animal welfare.
Talk title: Transformations in China’s food system: the implications for nutrition, health and the environment
Dr Garnett will focus on the nutritional implications of change with China’s food system, situating these within the context of other environmental, economic and societal trends and emerging challenges.
Dr. Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of cultural anthropology at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC), with a PhD from the University of Michigan. Since the mid-1990s, he has been studying the emergence of environmentalism in Southwest China. His first book, Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013), seeks to understand how environmentalism was refashioned in China, not only by conservationists, but also by rural villagers and even animals, such as China’s last herd of wild elephants. His second major project examines the global commodity chain of one of the world’s most expensive mushrooms, following it from the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the markets of urban Japan.He explores the role of nonhuman agencies such as the mushroom itself and the insects that seek it out, in shaping the tempo and dynamics of the more than half million Chinese who harvest it from the mountains, trade in this mushroom, and send it to Japan.
Keynote speech title: The Emergence of Global Environmentalism in China
Dr. Anna Lora-Wainwright is Associate Professor in the Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology (SOAS), an MA in Chinese Studies (SOAS) and a PhD in Anthropology (Oxon). Her research concerns development, health and environmental issues in rural China. It has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the British Academy, The British Inter-University China Centre, the Social Science Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. She recently published a special issue of the journal The China Quarterly on Dying for Development: Pollution, Illness and the Limits of Citizens’ Agency in China (2013, Cambridge University Press) and a monograph titled Fighting for Breath: Living Morally and Dying of Cancer in a Chinese Village (University of Hawaii Press, 2013).
Talk title: Doing anthropology of cancer in rural China
Prof. Therese Hesketh is Professor of Global Health at University College London. She has worked in Asia, mainly in China, for nearly 30 years as a clinician, manager and researcher. Her current research interests include the impacts of demographic change in China.
Examples of Professor Hesketh’s work can be seen at The Guardian and via the Wellcome Collection.
Talk title: Impact of Demographic Change in China
Dr. Chengzhi Yi is Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Political Science and Public Management, East China University of Political Science and Law. He is Academic Visitor at the China Centre, University of Oxford, funded by Chinese Scholarship Council from 2013 to 2014. He gained his PhD degree in Political Theory from East China Normal University in 2008 and was a postdoctoral researcher in Fudan University from 2008 to 2011.
His research interests are in the areas of political sociology and public policy. His specific research interests cover the peasants’ citizenship, state-society relationship, public service supply and urban governance, currently focusing on two projects, one is about accelerated urbanization and the highlighting of peasants’ rights protection in China, and the other is about the function mechanism of public service resources allocation in metropolitan rural-urban fringe zones.
He is the author of the two books “Social Transformation and Governance Growth: Analysis on Shanghai Metropolitan Governance in the New Period” (Beijing: Law press, 2009 )based on his doctoral work and “Urbanization, State-building and Peasants’ Citizenship Analysis in Contemporary China” (Beijing: Central Compilation & Translation Press, 2013)based on his postdoctoral work. He was awarded the First Prize of the 10th Shanghai Municipal Excellent Achievements in Philosophy and Social Science in 2010 for the book “Social Transformation and Governance Growth”.
Talk title: How Public Service Resources Are Allocated in Metropolitan Rural-urban Fringe Zones
Dr. Tim Pringle entered academia relatively late in life. He spent the first part of his working life in construction and warehouse work before moving to Asia where he was able to combine activism in union work with his deep interest in labour relations in China. For over a decade, he worked with various labour rights organisations in Hong Kong and Mainland China. At the tender age of 45, Tim embarked on a PhD program at the University of Warwick while simultaneously working as a co-investigator on a major ESRC-funded research project examining trade union reform in Russia, China and Vietnam. Tim has published his research in numerous trade union, labour NGO and peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters to many edited books. He has recently published two books: Trade Unions in China: the challenge of labour unrest (Routledge 2013) and The Challenge of Transition: trade unions in Russia, China and Vietnam (Palgrave 2011) with Professor Simon Clarke. He currently works as a lecturer at SOAS, University of London where he convenes an MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development.
Talk title: Labour in China: From a ‘moment’ to a movement?
Dr. Guy C.K. Leung is a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University’s China Centre. He received doctoral training in human geography at Durham University. He has published about 20 peer-reviewed articles on a range of China’s energy problems, and is now editing a book on China’s energy security, which will be published by Routledge in 2015, with Asia Centre in Paris. He has worked for the Chinese University of Hong Kong and King’s College London. In September 2014, he will join the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Talk title: A Supply Chain Approach to China’s Natural Gas Transition: Actors and Institutions