Environmental Politics Article of the Year Revealed

Many congratulations to the winner and the runner-ups of the 2020 Article of the Year Award for Environmental Politics !! It was enjoyable working with Hugh and Steven and reading through all the papers long listed by the editors. While we unanimously agree that Professor Robyn Eckersley’s paper is conceptually most impactful, it is safe … Continue reading

China Vaccine Media Engagement

The autumn term of 2020/2021 academic year was quite challenging. Apart from teaching, I originally had two international conferences and one fieldwork planned. All were obviously cancelled. Instead I found myself getting up at 5am or staying up until 11pm to follow online discussions. But of all the disruptions and anxieties generated by COVID, there … Continue reading

New Academic Year

It’s will be the Welcome Week for Kent starting next week. It’s still gonna be an unusual year for first years. As the Director of Studies for Sociology, I’ve made a 30-min induction video for our new students. The full clip is on Kent’s Panopto. Here is the first 1 min. I thought of these … Continue reading

Sociology Ranked 1st & 4 July Open Day

According to the newly released Complete University Guide, Sociology at Kent was ranked 22nd over all, but this is mostly dragged down by our low entry standards (Well, what can you do? We are under pressure to recruit recruit recruit!) But we were actually ranked 1st for research quality! Yay!! There is of course more … Continue reading

Teaching evaluation

I think most colleagues in my School were surprised this week when we received Spring module evaluations from students, because we were told that all Spring modules this year will not be evaluated due to strike and the pandemic. As the Director of Studies, I had to review all the evaluations – as usual, my … Continue reading

Covid-19 media engagement

Shortly after China lock-downed Wuhan, I was contacted by Apoorva Mandavilli for a piece originally intended for the New York Time. That piece was cancelled due to the fast progressing of events. Fortunately Apoorva saved part of our conversation in this opinion piece in the Undark Magazine on if China can prevent the next epidemic. The fragmented … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – Climate Science Legacies

Before Christmas, I spoke at the conference, Climate Science Legacies and Contemporary Climate Policy & Action, at the University of Birmingham’s Brussels research office. It was a real delight to know Jon Oldfield, the conference organiser, and an expert on Russian environmental politics and his AHRC project Soviet Climate Science and Its Intellectual Legacies.  It was a one-day conference, packed … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – Royal Society SPEAC Discussion

It was a real pleasure to give a short talk at the Royal Society’s Science Policy Expert Advisory Committee (SPEAC) Christmas dinner. Charles Parton (OBE) and I each provided our views on how to promote accountable and productive international science collaborations, especially in relation to China. It was a rare opportunity to discuss transnational research … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – UCU Strikes Back & SOAS

At the beginning of December, I had a dilemma: I’ve agreed a while back to give a seminar at the SOAS China Institute, but then there was the UCU strike. At Kent, or more specifically, at SSPSSR, my colleagues and I were protesting on universities’ failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads. To … Continue reading