CHEW Conference 2016

CHEW Conference 2016
Visible and Invisible Challenges: Transformations in Contemporary China
20-21 May 2016
Organised by China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW)
Hosted and funded by
Opening lecture:
Prof. Jane Duckett (University of Glasgow)

Update: Call for Papers deadline has been extended to 20 March, 2016

Submissions are now open for the third annual CHEW Conference. The CHEW Conference 2016 is based on the premise that while China has been experiencing rapid economic development in the last decades, this has inevitably brought about major imbalances and inequalities. China is facing major challenges to its health system, natural environment and human welfare. The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion on these pressing issues.
The 2016 CHEW Conference brings together graduate students, young researchers and established academics from across the social sciences and humanities as well as policy and civil society actors working on a range of contemporary issues relevant to China’s health, environment and welfare. Submissions are welcomed that cover themes including, but are not limited to:
Social and environmental justice
Environmental politics
Political ecology
Critical accounts of environmental disputes
Demographics, health and welfare
Civil society
Sustainable urbanisation
Ecological civilisation
Changing role of Chinese consumers
Rural-urban divide
China and the world (e.g. China-Africa, China-Russia, China-USA relationships)
Welfare in the Xi Jinping era
Both theoretical and empirical submissions are encouraged
Deadline for paper and panel submissions (300 words max) extended to:
20 March 2016
Organising Committee

Carlo Inverardi Ferri

Carlo is reading for a DPhil in Geography and the Environment. He has an undergraduate degree in Digital Humanities from Università di Pisa, Italy (110/110 e Lode / First class honours), an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and a Masters in Social Sciences from the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales in Paris, France (Mention très bien / First class honours). Carlo has also been a visiting student in Peking University. Currently, his doctoral research focuses on the political economy of waste.
Carlo’s work is in the field of human geography. Drawing upon long-term ethnographic research, his thesis, “Invisible spaces: geographies of waste in Beijing”, describes and analyses waste and its boundaries, as well as the actors that deal with it at different scales. This research presents stories of individuals and places, which configure the waste industry in Beijing. It draws upon cultural and economic geography to contribute to debates on variegated capitalism, informal economy and new geographies of waste.

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.

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.

China’s Health, Environment and Welfare (CHEW) is an interdisciplinary platform for graduate students from the University of Oxford 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 University of Oxford China Centre and  Green Templeton College, University of Oxford.