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Assistant Professor in International Development, University of Bath

Yixian Sun is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development at the University of Bath. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's degree in International Relations / Political Science, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and was Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. He is also a Research Fellow of the Earth System Governance (ESG) Project and a co-convenor of the ESG taskforce on SDGs, and a non-resident fellow and the China program lead of the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy.

His research focuses on transnational governance, environmental politics, and sustainable development. His work explains the changing role of China in global enviornmental governance, including sustainability transitions within China as well as sustainability impacts of China's overseas engagement. Yixian is the author of Certifying China: The Rise and Limits of Transnational Sustainability Governance in Emerging Economies (The MIT Press 2022) and has published his work in leading scientific journals on environmental policy and politics including Global Environmental Change, Global Environmental Politics, Nature Food, and Ecological Economics.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in International Development, University of Bath

Education

  • 2018 
    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, PhD in International Relations/Political Science