Project Introction
China’s Climate Change Diplomacy and Policy in Global Climate Governance
Published:2013-08-02 Hits:832

Research Team Leaders:Bo Yan ,Gao Xiang

a. Objectives

The global negotiations of climate change since 2009 and before 2015 might lead to the transformation of global climate change regime. In this context, this research project is to explore what are the challenges China is and will be facing internationally and domestically in her diplomacy and domestic policy climate change? What are the possible strategies and policies for China to cope with the challenges? Our research project will accomplish the following 5 research themes: global climate change regime; major countries’ negotiation positions and strategies; major countries’ climate policy process, especially decision-making procedures; major countries’ climate policy instruments and the implications to China; the positions and strategies of China’s participation in global climate change governance.

b. Fit to Fudan Tyndall Centre Research Strategy

This project is an interdisciplinary research which involves the disciplines of international relations, diplomacy, public policy as well as climatology. It attempts to combine theory, facts and policy during the research while find out the reactions between global and local climate governance .It will also be conducted in an international collaborative way.

c. Methods

Various research methods will be applied in this project. The method of level analysis will be used to analyze China’s climate behavior and policy at international and domestic level and their reactions, which would be helpful to find out the factors influencing its positions. Comparative method will be widely used to compare major countries’ negotiation positions and strategies of climate change, their domestic climate policy decision-making process as well as policy instruments. The method of In-depth interview will also be used to conduct interviews with international climate change negotiators, relevant government’s officers, and researchers at home and abroad. The scenario analysis will be applied to present several alternative future developments of global climate change regime and China’s positions and behavior as well as the development paths leading to the outcomes.

d. International Collaborations

Based on the cooperation among School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University and other Chinese Universities and research institutes, our international collaborators include St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh; Politics department, Maastricht University.

e. Expected Outputs.

The expected outputs include semiannual summary and analysis of International Negotiations on Climate Change and National Climate Policies. Academic articles and books are to be published as research output of the project while regular research report will also be available.