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STEPS Seminar: Changing political climates: Chinese environmental journalism and sustainable development
11th March 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Sam Geall, Research Fellow SPRU and executive editor Chinadialogue
China’s current leadership recently made “Beautiful China” and “Ecological Civilization” two of its most prominent official slogans and enshrined sustainable development as core state policy, but what are the dynamics of this drive for “low-carbon development” and how are those dynamics framed?
Exploring how Chinese environmental journalists make framing decisions around the science and politics of climate change helps to illustrate how spaces for political engagement have emerged in a restrictive and changeable media and governance environment, one that not only reflects a changing history of attitudes towards the environment in China, but also debates within the international arena of sustainable development.
Sam Geall is Research Fellow at SPRU, working on Low Carbon Innovation in China: Prospects, Politics and Practice, an international research project led by Lancaster University, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and an affiliate project of the STEPS Centre. Sam is also Executive Editor of chinadialogue.net, editor of China and the Environment: The Green Revolution (Zed Books: 2013), and was recently the International Coordinator of a Special Policy Study for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).