About us

China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) is an interdisciplinary platform for graduate students from any University of Oxford school, faculty or department to meet, collaborate and share findings and ideas related to our three focus areas. CHEW was founded in 2013 and staged its inaugural Conference in 2014. CHEW also hosts regular seminars and shares information about events, conferences and new research findings through its various online platforms. CHEW is generously supported by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Dickson Poon China Centre, University of Oxford.

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Our committee for 2018

Dr Coraline Goron

Coraline is Doctor in Political Science, currently a Wiener-Anspach postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Oxford University China Centre. She obtained a double PhD degree in Politics from the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2017 with a dissertation on the politics of low-carbon transformation in China. Her current research focuses on the politics of online environmental information disclosure and its role the resolution of environmental conflicts in Shandong Province.


Dr Yvan Schulz

Yvan holds a doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Neuchâtel and currently works at the University of Oxford China Centre as a postdoctoral research assistant. His research looks at the evolution of waste-related practices, representations and values in contemporary China. It is based on a political ecology approach and focuses on the nexus between recycling, environmentalism and state governance.

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Dr Irina Fedorenko

Irina Fedorenko is reading for a DPhil at the School of Geography and the Environment as a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust scholar. She writes about Civil Society and Environmental Activism in Russia and China. Irina has spent over 14 months doing action research in Moscow, Vladivostok, Beijing, Kunming and Hong-Kong. Her Academic interests range from environmental communications and framing to legal reforms and international development. She has presented at the global academic conferences and published in area studies journals, but beyond Academia her work has been featured by UNESCO and think-tanks such as International Institute for Environment and Development. She has also worked as a Teaching Assistant and tutor at the School of Geography, Oxford. Irina received a “Nautilus” Academic Achievement Award from Green Templeton College for leading the CHEW Research Group in 2013/2014. Previously Irina completed with Distinction an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance with Distinction at Oxford in 2012. For her BA she studied at Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia, where she has first developed an academic interest in the closest neighbor, China.



Guanli Zhang

Guanli is reading DPhil in Geography and the Environment at University of Oxford. His doctorate examines ordinary people’s life in two heavily contaminated ‘cancer villages’ in East China and the changing rural social landscape against the backdrop of industrialisation, capitalism, and urbanisation. Guanli is one of the founders of CHEW and an active member since 2013.



Dr Loretta Lou

Dr. Loretta Lou is a co-founder of CHEW. She’s currently a Research Fellow of the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a Postdoctoral Associate at Oxford’s Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology (ISCA). Loretta’s research interests lie in the areas of the environment, health, ethics, social movements, and social changes in Greater China.