Ting GUAN, PhD in Political Science (China)

Guan Ting

Ting holds a PhD in Political Science from Zhejiang University in China and is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her academic approach focuses on Energy Governance, Environmental Governance and Representation. In her thesis she investigated environmental and social problems and the role of governments in finding solutions.

Current position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Research focus: Energy governance, environmental governance and representation

Ting was awarded a Green Talent in 2011. The jury honoured her solid understanding of the transformation process in China and the work undertaken in various research projects. The forum was also the starting point for a series of research events, including the Global Governance Program from 2012 to 2013, and the German Chancellor Fellowship from 2013 to 2014. After finishing her PhD in 2015, Ting was working at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Germany as a visiting academic scholar.

2014 Awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship and Humboldt Scholarship
2013 Awarded Global Governance 2022 Fellow, granted by the Robert Bosch Foundation


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2011):

Zhejiang University, China

Research focus: Environmental Policy and Governance

A PhD candidate in public administration, Ms Guan is working on environmental issues from a governance perspective. She began pursuing this approach after studying urban planning at the undergraduate level and realizing the importance of government policy in China for promoting environmentally friendly concepts.

Guan Ting grew up in Hebei Province, China, where the city's massive reconstruction caused her childhood playground to be turned into a city block. This prompted Ms Guan to become interested in designing eco-friendly cities. However, her study experience in urban planning at the undergraduate level made her realise the importance of the government policy in China to promote such environmentally friendly ideas. She decided to make a change in her profession when she was offered the research opportunity.

As part of her research, Ms Guan is investigating environmental and social problems and the roles of the governments in solving them. She has taken part in a research project on the environmental protection function of the government which resulted in a proposal being adopted by the government of the Zhejiang Province. Before that, she initiated a student programme to research problems with crosswalks. Part of the group's work was reported by the media.

During the next phase of her studies, she plans to continue her research on environmental problems in China with the ultimate goal of formulating governance proposals for solving at least some of them. At present, she is participating in a group research project that involves a case study on how to adapt policy for simultaneously developing the economy and protecting the environment in Deqing, China.

The jury said Ms Guan has a solid understanding of the transformation process in China and applauded the work she has done in various research projects. These include her current doctoral studies in public administration that are focused on environmentally friendly policy from a governance perspective.

Ms Guan is looking forward to collaborating with experts in governance policy and environmental governance in Germany while participating in the Green Talents forum since, as she says, the study of environmental policy and governance is relatively new in China. "I want to learn about the latest developments in environmental technology and their applications for advanced environmental problem-solving and prevention from a governance perspective," she said.