From Periphery to Policy Model: Exporting China’s Green Development


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants




This project investigates how China’s ‘Grain for Green’ program is evaluated, packaged, and exported as an international policy model for rural green development. It also aims to understand why Chinese officials and experts participate in this process, and how it connects with the central government’s broader international discourse of green development. From June to September 2015, I will travel to Beijing and Kunming for pre-dissertation fieldwork to make connections with academics and NGOs, establish affiliations, and conduct pilot interviews with officials who have worked on the Grain for Green program. Upon completion, I will have the on-the-ground knowledge, networks, and affiliations necessary to revise and implement my overall project for fieldwork beginning October 2015.