Daniel Morley

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

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

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 GuardianThe New StatesmanIndex on Censorship, Solutions, Green Futures and Foreign Policy.

Talk title: Green movements in China

Dr Tara Garnett

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. Chengzhi Yi

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

Contact Information
Email: yichengzhi@ecupl.edu.cn

Dr. Tim Pringle

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

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

Dr. Lei Zhou

lei zhou

Dr. Lei Zhou has a doctoral degree in anthropology from Yunnan University. He is a Chevening Scholar at the London School of Economics and has studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Centre. Prior to his academic research, he has worked full time as environmental journalist for Xinhua News Agency for over five years. After his post-doc at Nanjing University, he founded Oriental Danology Institute, an independent think tank based in Shanghai, focusing on media politics and environmental issues, especially on the negative ecological impacts wreaked by Chinese outbound investment in Brazil, Myanmar, Nepal, India, Thailand, South Africa. He is based in Shanghai and can be reached at lei.zhou@odinfinity.org.

Talk title: Vivideath: Mapping Chinese Rivers on the Wane