Committee 2013-2014

The 2013-14 management committee included Irina Fedorenko (President), Dr Anna Lora-Wainwright (Co-convenor), Huw Pohlner (Secretary), Loretta Lou (Publicity Officer), Guanli Zhang (Speakers’ Coordinator), Clement Sehier (External Communications), and Saher Hasnain (Infrastructural and Communications). Brief bios of committee members no longer involved in CHEW are provided below.

Irina Fedorenko


Irina Fedorenko is studying for a DPhil at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, UK (Weidenfeld-Hoffmann scholarship) on Civil Society and Green Economy in Russia and China. She completed her MSc at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, in 2012  and received a “Nautilus” College Citizenship Award for her contribution to the community at Green Templeton College in 2012.  For her BA she studied Marketing and Public Relations at the Vladivostok Institute of International Relations, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. Her Academic interests range from environmental communications and framing, politics, civil society and institutions. Currently Irina is preparing her fieldwork in Vladivostok and Kunming to research student environmental groups and the impact of the policies of green economy.

Loretta I. Lou

I am a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. I have a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. from the University of Washington, both in Anthropology.

My doctoral thesis “Healing Nature: An Ethnography of Green Living” studies the moral world of the “green people” in Hong Kong. I am interested in the formation of subjectivity, the negotiation of ethics, and the idea of “hope” in the context of urban green living. In sum, I want to understand what makes people go green and the implications of green living for our conceptualization of human-nature relationship, everyday ethics, political mobilization.

My research interests are in the areas of environmental anthropology (environmentalism in particular), medical anthropology, human geography, and science and technology studies. More specifically, I am interested in environmental problems surrounding food & water, waste, health, social movements, and all issues related to the making of everyday ethics, values, and aesthetics.

Clement Sehier


Clément Séhier is a PhD candidate in economics at Lille 1 University and CLERSE laboratory, France (CNRS). His research focuses on the transformation of the labour regime since the beginning of the reform in China in the late 1970s, as well as on the Corporate Social Responsibility in the Chinese industry. Prior to his PhD, he was intern at the International Labour Organisation office for China and Mongolia in Beijing.

Guanli Zhang


Guanli Zhang is reading DPhil in Geography and the Environment on the Oxford-CSC Scholarship. He is a member of St Antony’s College and a research student in Technological Natures Cluster in School of Geography and the Economy, University of Oxford. His doctoral project covers the issue of environmental knowledge seeking and green social mobilisation of rural residents in China, with a geographical focus on the Lake Taihu Basin. Before joining Oxford, Guanli received his MSc in International History from London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc in International Relation, Bachelor in Laws and Bachelor in Economics from Peking University, China. Apart from the anthropology of environment, Guanli also maintains academic interest on energy politics in Caspian region and Europe.

Saher Hasnain


Saher is a geography doctoral student at the University of Oxford at the School of Geography and the Environment. Her current research focuses on environmental health in the context of urban food environments in developing countries. She is particularly interested in food acquisition strategies, consumer behavior and personal interpretations and adaptations to food risks, particularly pesticide contamination and concerns about food system mechanization. Currently she is 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. Saher has 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. She can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter and WordPress, where she occasionally talks about the influence of path-quality on everyday commutes.


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