Committee 2014-2015

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 team for 2014-2015:

Huw Pohlner


Huw is currently studying for an MPhil in Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford with a focus on Chinese water allocation policy and the South-North Water Transfer project. He holds a Masters of Law, Governance and Development and a PhB in Asian Studies (Honours), both from the Australian National University. His studies are supported by the General Sir John Monash Foundation.

Huw is President of CHEW is a co-founder of the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA), which hosts the annual Australia-China Youth Dialogue. Huw has participated in several international conferences and initiatives and has been named as an ‘Emerging Scholar of Asia’ by East Asia Forum (2010), a ‘New Voice’ by the Lowy Institute for International Policy (2011), and a ‘Global Emerging Voice’ by the Torino World Affairs Institute (2012). He is also a member of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network (FE2W). Huw speaks advanced Chinese and has spent two years living, working and studying in mainland China.

Prior to moving to the UK, Huw worked as Manager of Strategy at Asialink, University of Melbourne, where he contributed to Developing an Asia Capable Workforce: A National Strategy, a report that ultimately led to the founding of Asialink Business with Commonwealth Government support.


Caleb Pomeroy


Caleb Pomeroy is a candidate for the Master of Science in Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford and the Director of Marketing for the 2015 CHEW Conference.  Prior to Oxford, he studied economics and Asian studies at Boston College, using microeconomic tools to research gender and income inequality in China.  His current research looks at the U.S.-China space relationship at the intersection of science, technology, defense, and security policy.  He is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council of the United Nation’s Programme on Space Applications and is serving as a research assistant in Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies.


Carlo Inverardi Ferri


Carlo’s interests focus on “informal systems” for waste recycling in Beijing.  With more 20 million people involved in collecting and treating recyclable products in China, informal systems of waste recycling provide a critical entry point for understanding the spaces and dynamics of the Chinese economy.  Drawing upon long-term ethnographic research, Carlo’s thesis, “Invisible spaces: geographies of waste in Beijing”, is an account of stories of individuals and places that configure this industry. It draws upon cultural and economic geography to contribute, among others, to debates on variegated capitalism.

Carlo is a DPhil Candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford, and was a visiting student in Peking University. Carlo is a member of CHEW (China’s Health, Environment and Welfare) student-led research group.

Peter KaHung Chan 


I am an international student studying global health at Oxford. I was trained in public health in Hong Kong, Denmark and United States before I came to UK. As a HongKonger, public health and environmental issues in China and broader Asia have always been some of my greatest concern. Academically, I am especially interested in the health and social impact of air pollution (indoor and outdoor) and climate change. My master thesis focuses on the cardiorespiratory health impact of ambient air pollution in residents living near major roads in China. I have also been an active fieldworker working on research and community development projects in rural China, Cambodia and the Philippines. I have numerous role in the field, ranging from health educator to photographer.

Saher Hasnain


I am an environmental and urban geography doctoral student at the University of Oxford at the School of Geography and the Environment. My current research focuses on environmental health in the context of urban food environments in developing countries. I am particularly interested in food acquisition habits, consumer behaviors and personal and social interpretations and adaptations to diet-related health risks. Currently I am working on the influence of local and regional fuel scarcities, incidence of violence and the local built environment on food-related mobility within a city. I have previously worked on environmental health issues through photovoice and mapping at the University of Pennsylvania, at the Department of Environmental Sciences and the development of energy management cultures at Bahria University. I can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter and WordPress, where I occasionally talk about the influence of path-quality on everyday commutes.



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