About Sam Geall


Research Fellow on Low-Carbon Innovation in China at Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) and Executive Editor of chinadialogue, a bilingual website and journal dedicated to open discussion of all environmental issues. Editor of China and the Environment: The Green Revolution (Zed Books, 2013), a member of the STEPS Centre, the Sussex Energy Group and on the board of the EU-China NGO Twinning Exchange. From 2012-2013, Sam was Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography of China at the University of Oxford. In 2013, he was also the International Coordinator of a Special Policy Study, “Promoting Social Media and Public Participation in China’s Green Development" for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). His writing on Chinese affairs has appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The New Statesman, Foreign Policy, New Humanist, Index on Censorship, Solutions and Green Futures.

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Satellite image of solar farm in China

Green transformations in India and China: who’s in charge?

by Sam Geall, Wei Shen, Lyla Mehta and Peter Newell This is one in a series of four blog posts exploring ideas and case studies on ‘transformations’, drawing on research carried out in 2017 and looking forward to the STEPS Centre’s work in 2018. For background and links to the other posts, read the introduction….

What is Ecological Civilisation? 

The Chinese Communist Party last week held its annual plenum in Beijing at which details of the country’s 13th Five Year Plan, from 2016 to 2020, were set out for the first time. The plan, say commentators, will be notably green, with an emphasis on an economic transition to slower, innovation-led growth, and more stringent…

GM in China: ‘Paranoia’ and public opinion

Biosafety certificates permitting Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired last week, with little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture will renew them. The certificates, issued in 2009, concerned two types of Bt rice, which express a gene of the bacillus thuringiensis bacterium, conferring pest resistance, and phytase maize, which when used…