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Conference Program

The CHESS Young Scholars Conference: Responding to China's Environmental Crisis will take place at in the Marietta Blau-Saal  of the University of Vienna (main building), February 27th and 28th.

Day 1: Friday, February 27

8:30amRegistrationLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal



Welcome Speeches & Introduction

Matthias MEYER, Dean of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, University of Vienna

Christian GÖBEL, Vice-Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna





Keynote Speech I:

YU Xiaogang (Green Watershed China): Climate change and the responsibility of China’s banks



10:30amCoffee BreakLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal



Panel I: Circular Economy in China

Presentation 1: Ting-jieh WANG (National Taiwan University): China’s turn to circular economy: issues and developments

Presentation 2: Benjamin STEUER (University of Vienna): Implementation of the Circular Economy in China: What's the dynamic and what has been achieved?

Presentation 3: Anna HOLZMANN (University of Vienna): Emerging from the shadows: The institutional landscape of China's e-waste recycling sector

Presentation 4: Margarethe STAUDNER (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna): Ship Recycling in China: Economic pressure vs. human health and environmental standards

Discussant: Andrew MERTHA (Cornell University)



1:00pmLunch BreakLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal



Panel II: Corporate Social Responsibility in China

Presentation 1: Angela LEGGETT (Free University Berlin): Civil society organisations, enterprises and CSR in China: cross-sectorial engagement in responses to China's environmental crisis

Presentation 2: Constantin HOLZER (University of Vienna / Renmin University): The formation of environmental NGO networks in China

Discussant: YU Xiaogang (Green Watershed China)



4:00pmCoffee BreakLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal



Panel III: Individual Paper Panel

Presentation 1: Jörg THIELE (University of Vienna): Playing the Green Card – China in the year 2030: Thorium and its Impacts on China’s stance in global climate negotiations. A Counterfactual Analysis

Presentation 2: Maoliang BU (Nanjing University): Comparative environmental regulation and foreign investment inflow: Is China a pollution haven?

Presentation 3: Michael HATHAWAY (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver): Transnational China: Exploring China's environment through commodity chains

Presentation 4: Julia RITIRC (University of Vienna): Consultative Authoritarianism: new actors in China’s cadre training

Discussant: Sascha KLOTZBÜCHER (University of Vienna)




7:30pmWelcome DinnerRestaurant Zwölf-Apostel-Keller


Day 2: Saturday, February 28



Keynote Speech II:

Andrew MERTHA (Cornell University): Challenges of conducting field research in the area of environmental politics in China



10:00amCoffee BreakLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal



Panel IV: Public Perception and Participation in Environmental Issues in China

Presentation 1: Xiaoyue LI (Oregon State University): Public Perceptions on ‘Smog’ in Tangshan Municipality, Northeast China

Presentation 2: Loretta Iengtak LOU (University of Oxford): The evanescence of ‘pure environmental issues’: ‘pollution’, self-autonomy, and the rise of green citizens in Hong Kong

Presentation 3: Angela MORIGGI & Daniele BROMBAL (University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, Italy): Investigating the rationale of public participation in China's environmental impact assessment. A recent case study from Beijing

Presentation 4: Thomas IMMERVOLL (University of Vienna): Debating global warming: The development of the Chinese online media discourse on climate change policy 2009-2015

Discussant: Agnes SCHICK-CHEN (University of Vienna)



12:30pmLunch BreakKorean Restaurant Iega



Panel V: Environmental Governance in China

Presentation 1: Heidi Ning Kang WANG-KAEDING (London School of Economics and Political Science): Fragmented environmental governance in China

Presentation 2: Ines SIECKMANN (University of Vienna): The formation of environmental NGO networks in China

Presentation 3: Huw POHLNER (Oxford University): Mapping political power in Chinese water megaprojects: The South-North Water Transfer in comparative perspective

Presentation 4: Elisa HÖRHAGER (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main): Disaster risk reduction and the changing roles of state and civil society in the People’s Republic of China

Discussant: Christian GÖBEL (University of Vienna)



4:30pmCoffee Break and FarewellLobby of Marietta-Blau-Saal

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