Dr. James F. DOWNES was awarded the prestigious CUHK Faculty of Social Science Exemplary Teaching Award (2021) in recognition of his outstanding teaching in the Department of Government and Public Administration. As the 2021 Award Winner, Dr. DOWNES has also been nominated by the Faculty of Social Science for the CUHK Vice-Chancellor's Exemplary Teaching Award (2021).
Dr. DOWNES has taught a wide range of courses that span the areas of Comparative European Politics, International Relations, Comparative Asian Politics alongside Research Methods on the MSSc in Greater China Progamme (GPGC), the MSSc in Public Policy Programme (MPUP) and on the Global Studies Undergraduate level Programme.
This is the first monograph on the socioeconomic and political impacts of minerals on contemporary China. This book takes a novel perspective on the resource curse by disaggregating the society into three key actors, the state, capital, and labor. It tells nuanced stories about the distinctive effects of mineral resources on the state-capital-labor triad in China, a resource-rich country that has been largely overlooked in the resource curse discourse. Taking a subnational approach, this research zooms in on local situations and identifies clear causal channels through which mineral resources affect local development and governance as well as the welfare of local citizens. Characterizing mining industries as pro-capital and anti-labor, this research also highlights the redistributive roles that the state can play to address the unfair game. It reveals the Chinese state’s strategies to contain the resource curse and also pinpoints some pitfalls of the China model, which offer important policy implications for China and other resource-rich countries.
Dr. Zhan specializes in comparative political economy, contemporary Chinese politics, intergovernmental relations, local governance, and development studies. Her pioneering research on China’s resource sector and resource policies has been published in journals such as the China Quarterly, Environmental and Resource Economics, and the Extractive Industries and Society and received the CUHK Research Excellence Award.
公共政策社會科學碩士課程(MPUP)和大中華地區的政府與政治社會科學碩士課程 (GPGC)將於2021年12月3日(星期五)舉辨聯合 課程諮詢講座，有興趣報讀的同學請在11月30日前報名參加。
同日，Prof. Gunter Schubert會進行一場國際關係的公眾演講，探討在現時中美關係不穏的局勢下，歐盟如何平衡各成員的需要，制定統一的外交政策。
Against the background of an intensifying geopolitical shift and deteriorating U.S.-China relations, the European Union (EU) struggles to determine its future direction in the arena of international politics. Squeezed between its traditional ally and a rising power at the commanding heights of the world economy, the EU ponders the concept of ‘strategic autonomy’ without being able to spell out, for the time being, what this could or should mean in terms of concrete policy. Meanwhile, pressure from both the U.S. and China on the European Union to take stances is increasing. Heterogeneity in the Union doesn’t help, as national interests of member states diverge in many instances and impede consistent policy-making. Being no specialist on European politics, the speaker reports on some of his observations concerning the EU’s internal strife to find common ground for a consistent foreign policy and invites the audience to discuss about the impact of a dramatically changing geopolitical environment on regional order in East Asia.
Gunter Schubert, PhD, is Chair Professor of Greater China Studies at the University of Tübingen and Associate Research Professor at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. He specializes in Chinese local governance and state-business relations, cross-strait political economy, Taiwan domestic politics and the change of regional and global order under the impact of China’s rise. Prof. Schubert currently teaches at CUHK’s Department of Government and Public Administration and the Center of Chinese Studies.