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  • Speaker | 27 November, 2018

    (Dis)Integration of Ethnic Minorities in Xinjiang: Prevalence, Causes and Policy Options

    In the past few years there has been a documented rise of inter-ethnic tensions and violence in Xinjiang.  Drawing upon four recent studies, two approaches to understand this reality will be considered. First, tensions are a manifestation and expression of a growing and heightened ethno-cultural consciousness stemming from Uighurs’ low socio-economic status due, in part, to internal Han migration, and a labour market process that has disadvantaged Uighurs. Second, what are the logic, effectiveness and consequences behind the state’s oscillating “soft approach” and “hard approach” towards Xinjiang.
    “What Explains the Rise of Majority-Minority Tensions and Conflict in Xinjiang?”, Central Asian Survey 38 (2019).
    “Holding Up Half the Sky? Ethno-Gender Labour Market Outcomes in China”, Journal of Contemporary China 28 (2019).
    “Outsider Ethnic Minorities and Wage Determination in China”, International Labour Review 158 (2018).
    “Beyond Special Privileges: The Discretionary Treatment of Ethnic Minorities in China’s Welfare System”, Journal of Social Policy 47(2): 295-316 (2018).
    Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. He is the author and editor of nine books, and his recent journal articles appear in the International Political Science Review, Journal of Social Policy, Development Policy Review, Voluntas, Journal of Civil Society, International Labour Review, Current Sociology, The China Quarterly, and the Journal of Contemporary China.  He is also the Foundation Editor for Routledge’s Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China.

    Speaker | 20 November, 2018

    Melting Earth: Climate Impacts and Adaptation in Western China

    Glaciers in China supply water to an estimated 1.8 billion people, and they’re melting, fast. Temperatures in western China are rising much faster than the global average, causing rapid glacier retreat, flooding and major ecosystem changes. Chinese Academy of Sciences research fellow Dr. Shen Yongping and Greenpeace East Asia analysts Dr. Liu Junyan and Li Shuo will examine what glacier retreat means for China and discuss what can be done to mitigate the impact. The talk will include context on climate policy in China in the lead up to COP24.


    Prof. Shen Yongping is a research fellow at the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He serves as Secretary General of the Glacier Permafrost Branch of the Chinese Geographical Society, is a member of the China Meteorological Society’s Committee on Climate Change and Low Carbon Development. Dr. Shen’s research is focused on the impact of climate change on cryospheric disasters, water management in cold regions, and climate change adaptation strategies.

    Dr. Liu Junyan is a climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. She received her PhD in Sustainable Economics from the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Science. Her research focus includes climate change economics, ecological economics and synergies of climate change and sustainable development.

    Li Shuo is a Senior Global Policy Advisor at Greenpeace. He leads the organization’s engagement with the UN climate and biodiversity negotiations. Domestically, he has covered a wide range of issues over the past eight years, including air pollution, coal, water, renewable energy, and fisheries.