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Eco-civilization Construction and its Governance Challenge in China

Research Seminar
Dr Qingzhi Huan, Peking University
3-5pm, Wednesday 24 September 2014

Room K-1.04, King's Building, Strand Campus

All welcome - no need to register.


For contemporary China, eco-civilization construction represents or embodies a necessary but difficult re-orientation of development politics. Development will still be the top political and social theme for the CPC and Chinese government, however, whether they can achieve a success as they have done in the past 35 years will very much depend on the progress of an ecological transformation of development itself. In other words, China is facing a great challenge and/or opportunity, to incorporate and dissolve environmental problems with an ever-greening discourse/practice of development, i.e. “eco-civilization construction”. In doing so, it will eventually create a red-green pattern of economic, social and cultural systems while trying to move beyond the classic modern industrialization and urbanization.

About the speaker

Dr. Qingzhi Huan is professor of comparative politics at Research Institute of Marxism, Peking University, China. His research areas focus upon environmental politics, European politics and left politics. Among others, he was a Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar of 2002/2003 at Harvard University, a Humboldt Research Fellow of 2005/2006 at the MZES, University of Mannheim, and a CSC High Research Fellow of 2010 at the ANU. He is the author of many monographs such as International Comparison on Environmental Politics (2007) and A Comparative Study on European Green Parties (2000). His publications in English include Eco-socialism as Politics: Rebuilding the Basis of Our Modern Civilisation and 'Green politics in China' in Per Gahrton: The Pragmatic Visionary, edited by Valentin Sevéus.


Photograph by Jonas Glinter, 'Nanjing in the Dust', 2009, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License,

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