P69
Political ecology of rising China (roundtable format)

Convenors:
May Tan-Mullins (University of Nottingham Ningbo China)
Frauke Urban (SOAS, University of London)
Giuseppina Siciliano (School of Oriental and African Studies)
Chair:
May Tan-Mullins
Location:
Room 7 (Examination Schools)
Start time:
13 September, 2016 at 11:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel looks at the impacts of a rising China on local and global environmental governance. Papers assessing the environmental outcomes of increasing Chinese presence, in various natural resources and energy sectors are welcomed.

Long abstract:

This panel looks at China as a rising power and its impacts on global and local environmental governance. China's greater role in the global economy has profound implications for the world. Along with its economic presence in forms of trade, aid and foreign direct investment, China has rapidly magnified its overseas and global environmental footprint. Substantial amount of Chinese investment are concentrated in sectors that are environmentally sensitive such as oil, gas and mineral exploration and hydropower provision. These investment could have both positive and/or negative impacts on the environment, depending on the differential strategies and practices of the Chinese firms and actors. This panel invites papers that examines the differential environmental implications of Chinese actors and involvement through the lens of political ecology. Power relations between different actors are at the heart of this approach and all actors possess some form of power to control and access resources. By examining these unequal power relations in turn provides a way to explain the uneven distribution of environmental resources and outcomes. Papers investigating the power interplay between Chinese and various actors at the different levels and scale, and how it determines the use of the environment and natural resources are most welcome. In addition, this panel invites papers which contribute to the expansion of the political ecology theoretical approach in the context of a rising power.