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Current Committee

Our committee for 2020


Rowan is reading a DPhil in Politics at the University of Oxford. His main research topic is environmental movements in China with reference to Karl Polanyi’s double movement framework. His previous research explored the New Rural Reconstruction Movement (新乡村建设) and he continues to research rural environmentalism. Rowan completed his MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at Oxford and has previously studied and worked in China. He was first involved in CHEW in 2016.


Jose Maria is a doctoral student in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. He holds a master degree in Public Administration from Tsinghua University, and degrees on international relations from El Colegio de Mexico and the University of Chicago. His current research work is concerned with the study of favorable institutional environments for low-carbon transition in the energy sector. Previously, he worked for the government of Mexico, WWF, UNIDO and UNEP.


Angelo Raffaele Ippolito


Raffaele is a doctoral student at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford. His current research explores the relationship between industrial pollution, illness and environmental activism in two communities in Italy and Taiwan. His previous research at the United Nations University addressed policy gaps in gender equality and global health. Raffaele holds a BA in Social Anthropology and Development Studies from SOAS, University of London and an MSc in Global Health and International Development from Taipei Medical University.





Shuwen Zhou


Shuwen Zhou is reading a DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the impact of ICT advancement on urban governance in China. Prior to her doctoral research, she worked at the United Nations Development Programmes in China and was in charge of projects of smart cities and public participation. She also worked as a project consultant on community planning with local NGOs in China, Thailand and the Philippines. Shuwen received a Master in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo and completed her MSc in Urban Development Planning at University College London (UCL).


Kevin is currently reading a (PhD) in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. He focuses and researches on issues regarding urban, state, societal development in developing countries. Currently, with a China focus on urban transformations in the past few decades – particular interest in Jing-Jin-Ji metropolitan region and Xiong’an New Area. His previous research has covered the development of danwei in central China. Kevin has previously studied and worked in research at Beijing Normal University, Tsinghua and Peking University – earning a MSc from the University of Oxford and BA Geography from KCL. He was first involved in CHEW 2017.



Han Yang

Han Yang is a doctoral student in International Relations at DPIR, Oxford, and a Swire Scholar at St Antony’s College. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations Research from LSE and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Peking University (with a double major in Psychology). Her PhD project explores China’s understandings of international hierarchies through China’s Africa discourse. She has also worked as the research assistant for the Climate South Project and served as a contract-based Gender Expert for UNIDO to gender mainstream environmental policies in China.



Benedict Altier

Final year undergraduate!