OSGA welcomes Professor Denise van der Kamp who has been appointed as Associate Professor in the Political Economy of China at Contemporary China Studies and a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall. Prof van der Kamp will research and teach Chinese politics, comparative political economy, and environmental politics.
Her research explores issues in developmental politics and environmental governance, with a focus on China. She examines politicians’ strategies for implementing environmental policies in contexts where both rule of law and civil society are weak. She is also developing new projects on regulatory uncertainty, and how actors accustomed to stable rules learn to negotiate unpredictable environments.
Prof van der Kamp's work has been published in Comparative Politics, Governance, and World Development. Her book, Clean Air at What Cost? is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong.
Before coming to Oxford, she was an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong and holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA from McGill University, and a BA from the University of Cambridge. From 2017-2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China.
Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan and with environmental NGOs in China. She was born and raised in Hong Kong.
For more details on Prof van der Kamp's current research and publications, please visit her website here.