I am PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. My research interests are institutional arrangements on urban common-pool resources, governance and policy-making, institutional change.
My thesis “An institutional analysis of governance of urban ecological commons” departs from a political science and an institutional economics perspective and asks the research question: What are the institutional factors that influence and how do they influence local governments to promote, or sacrifice, the ecosystem services of urban ecological resources, under the context of climate change? Through applying the theories of transaction costs and of common-pool resources from the new institutional economics, the aim of my research is to identify the institutional factors that could influence the governance results of urban ecological resources, as well as to examine the ways through which these institutional factors influence the policies, the interactions between governments and relevant stakeholder groups and the governance results. I further apply Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis and Development framework (IAD framework) on the empirical study of urban ecological resource governance in Guangzhou, China.
My thesis is supported by the interdisciplinary science program ‘Urban Health and Wellbeing: a Systems Approach’ hosted by Institute of Urban Environment - Chinese Academy of Sciences, is supervised by Prof. Dr. Franz Gatzweiler, ecological economist and Executive Director of the program and co-supervised by Dr. Olivia Bina, geographer and Principal Researcher at Institute of Social Sciences - University of Lisbon.
I have an academic background in Political Sciences and Journalism. Prior to joining the PhD Program, I worked as journalist and Managing Editor for the Qingdao-based publication agency Redstar Works, where I was responsible for producing three bilingual magazines covering topics of contemporary cultural, educational, socio-economic and environmental affairs.