About Us

A growing network of contributors

About Us


The People’s Map of Global China tracks China’s complex and rapidly changing international activities by engaging an equally global civil society. Using an interactive, open access, and online ‘map’ format, we collaborate with nongovernmental organisations, journalists, trade unions, academics, and the public at large to provide updated and updatable information on various dimensions of Global China in their localities. The Map consists of profiles of countries and projects, sortable by project parameters, Chinese companies and banks involved, and their social, political, and environmental impacts. This bottom-up, collaborative initiative seeks to provide a platform for the articulation of local voices often marginalised by political and business elites. It is our hope that the information collected by this networked global civil society will be a useful resource for policymaking, research, and international advocacy.

Below is a list of of the editors and contributors to this project. For further information about this project please refer to our FAQ.

The People’s Editors


Ivan Franceschini

Ivan Franceschini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Australian National University. His current research focuses on the impact of Chinese investment on Cambodian society. He has published several books related to China, on topics ranging from human trafficking to digital activism, from labour struggles to civil society. With Tommaso Facchin, he co-directed the documentaries Dreamwork China (2011) and Boramey: Ghosts in the Factory (2021). He founded and co-edits the Made in China Journal.

Mark Grimsditch

Mark Grimsditch is the China Global Programme Director at Inclusive Development International. He closely follows trends in both private and state-backed Chinese investment in Southeast Asia and Africa. He has published extensively on the trends, impacts, and regulation of China’s overseas finance and investment, particularly with respect to land and natural resource rights and the environment. He has expertise on the social and environmental safeguards of various national and multilateral financial institutions and works with local partners to monitor and advocate for improved environmental and social practices in Chinese overseas projects.

Ching Kwan Lee

Ching Kwan Lee is Dr. Chung Sze-yuen Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. Her award-winning monographs on China’s turn to capitalism through the lens of labour include Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women (1998), Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt (2007), and The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa (2017). Her recent co-edited volumes include The Social Question in the 21st Century: a Global View (2019) and Take Back Our Future: an Eventful Political Sociology of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (2019).

Nicholas Loubere

Nicholas Loubere is an Associate Professor in the Study of Modern China at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University. His research examines socioeconomic development in rural China, with a particular focus on microcredit and migration. He co-edits the Made in China Journal.

 

Hong Zhang

Hong Zhang (张翃) is a PhD candidate in public policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. Her research interests include Chinese political economy, China’s international development engagement and foreign aid, and the global expansion of China’s ‘national champion’ state-owned enterprises. She is a member of the editorial team of the Made in China Journal. Previously, she worked as a reporter with China’s Caixin Media where she covered Chinese economy and international affairs.

Contributors


Farkhod Aminjonov

Farkhod Aminjonov is an Assistant Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. Energy security, pipeline politics and sustainable development with a particular focus on the Eurasian region lie at the center of his research interests. Recently, he has also been working on a broader context of Central Asia–China relations within the Belt and Road Initiative.

Oyuna Baldakova

Oyuna Baldakova is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, Freie University Berlin. Her interests include China’s political economy and development cooperation, energy transition, and sustainable development in Eurasia. In her doctoral project, Oyuna investigates the BRI implementation in Central Asia. She previously worked in the field of international development on projects with UNESCO Bangkok and EU DEVCO.

Diana Castro

Diana Castro is a doctoral research fellow in the Latin American Studies Programme at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (UASB-Ecuador). Her current research focuses on Latin America–China relations, in particular the effects of Chinese financing and construction practices on governance and institutional capacities. Diana is a member of The Latin America and the Caribbean Network on China (Red ALC-China) and La Red China y América Latina (REDCAEM).

Yunnan Chen

Yunnan Chen is a Senior Research Officer in the Development and Public Finance programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Her research interests centre around development finance, particularly in infrastructure and energy sectors, and Chinese development finance overseas. She is a PhD Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Plato Cheng

Plato Cheng is an independent researcher interested in ethnic conflicts and state-making in both Myanmar and the South Caucasus. He holds a MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University and another MA in Political Science from Central European University.

Ronald Chipaike

Ronald Chipaike holds a PhD in International Relations from Rhodes University, South Africa. Currently, he lectures on International Relations at Bindura University of Science Education in Zimbabwe. His research interests include Africa–China relations and African agency.

Romain Dittgen

Romain Dittgen is trained as a Human Geographer and has been exploring forms of societal change in Sub-Saharan Africa. While his research interests are framed around questions of governance, as well as the interplay between shifts in the built environment and ways of living, his main empirical attention has centred on Africa-China engagements, predominantly in urban settings.

Edmund Downie

Edmund Downie is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Columbia University SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Kunming, Yunnan in 2017-18 studying Chinese trade and investment with Southeast Asia in energy and agriculture. He will enter the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs as a PhD student in Public Affairs in the fall of 2021.

Francesca Ghiretti

Francesca Ghiretti is a PhD candidate at King’s College London where she has been awarded the Leverhulme Scholarship as part of the project ‘Interrogating Visions of a Post-Western World: Interdisciplinary and Interregional Perspectives on the Future in a Changing International Order’. She is also a research fellow at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and a geopolitical analyst at CQS, a London-based hedge fund.

Mladen Grgic

Mladen Grgic is a PhD candidate at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and an associate of the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He previously conducted research at the University of California, Berkeley, and Xiamen University. He writes in the field of international political economy, with a focus on Chinese infrastructure investments in Eastern Europe and the Balkan region and their impact on internal political dynamics and foreign policy. In parallel, he works as an executive manager of international companies and as a consultant for private enterprises in various sectors.

Guanie Lim

Guanie Lim is an Assistant Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan. His main research interests are comparative political economy, value chain analysis, and the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. He is also interested in broader development issues within Asia, especially those of China, Vietnam, and Malaysia. His latest monograph—The Political Economy of Growth in Vietnam: Between States and Markets (2020)—details the catching-up experience of Vietnam since its 1986 doi moi (renovation) reforms.

Lin Zhu

Lin  ZHU (朱琳) is an independent scholar interested in the political economy and political ecology of Global China. Her work interrogates Chinese mining investment in Peru through an ethnographic lens, focussing on the social and economic impacts on the ground. Zhu holds an MA in Human Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Shirin Naseer

Shirin Naseer is a Research Assistant at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies and a PhD student at Palacky University, Olomouc. Her research focuses on the impact of China’s soft power vis-a-vis the Belt and Road Initiative in South Asia. She formerly worked as a Senior Research Analyst at Spearhead Research, specialising in Pakistan’s political risk analysis, with a focus on Asia Pacific developments.

Greg Raymond

Greg Raymond is a lecturer in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs researching Southeast Asian politics and foreign relations. He is the author of Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation (2018) and the lead author of The United States-Thai Alliance: History, Memory and Current Developments (forthcoming).

Ricardo Reboredo

Ricardo Reboredo is an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Metropolitan University Prague (MUP). He received his PhD in Geography from Trinity College Dublin (2020). His research focuses on China’s politico-economic internationalisation and the varied ways in which this is articulated throughout the Global South.

Igor Rogelja

Igor Rogelja is a Lecturer in Global Politics at University College London, where he works mostly on international infrastructure and Chinese politics. He was previously based at the Lau China Institute at King’s College London and completed his doctoral studies at SOAS, University of London. He is interested in the politics of space and is involved in several research projects examining the effects of Chinese infrastructural investment in the so-called Belt and Road Initiative.

Tyler Roney

Tyler Roney is a Bangkok-based environmental journalist, editor, and photographer. He is the regional editor for China Dialogue—working with Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam—and his work in Southeast Asia and China has featured in Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, Nikkei Asian Review, and others. He can be found on Twitter at @TylerRoney.

Cheryl Schmitz

Cheryl Mei-ting Schmitz conducted ethnographic fieldwork on Chinese business and labour relations in Angola from 2012 to 2014. Her publications on the topic have appeared in HAU, Journal of Asian and Pacific Migration, and American Anthropologist. She is currently based at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where she is tracing the development of African studies in China.

Ágnes Szunomár

Ágnes Szunomár, PhD is a Hungarian economist studying China’s economic footprint in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). She is the head of the Research Group on Development Economics at the Institute of World Economics, CERS, Hungary and an Associate Professor at Corvinus University, Budapest. With more than 100 scientific publications, Ágnes has led and participated in several international research projects. She is a member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action ‘China in Europe Research Network’, where she is the head of Working Group on Strategic Sectors and Infrastructure Developments. She is also a member of China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE) network.

Angela Tritto

Angela Tritto is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Division of Public Policy and a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly appointed by the Institute of Emerging Market Studies and by the Division of Social Science at HKUST.  She is also a Fellow of the Global Future Council of Sustainable Tourism at the World Economic Forum. She is currently working on projects related to the sustainability of Chinese overseas investments and, more broadly, the Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia. She holds a PhD from the City University of Hong Kong.

Konstantinos Tsimonis

Konstantinos Tsimonis is a Lecturer in Chinese Society at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London. He has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies where he also taught courses on Chinese, East Asian, and comparative politics. His book The Chinese Communist Youth League: Juniority and Responsiveness in a Party Youth Organization was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2021. Konstantinos is currently working on a British Academy funded research project on China’s ‘Balkan Corridor’.

Richard Turcsanyi

Richard Turcsanyi is a Key Researcher at Palacky University Olomouc, Assistant Professor at Mendel University in Brno, and Programme Director at the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS). He holds a PhD in International Relations and further degrees in economy and political science. He is the author of Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea (2017) and has published a number of academic articles and opinion pieces on Chinese foreign policy and relations between China and Central and Eastern Europe. He is a member of various networks focusing on contemporary China and EU-China relations.

Pei-hua Yu

Pei-hua Yu is a journalist covering energy transition and Chinese investment and infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia. She is currently based in Taiwan and writes for publications around the world. She was previously based in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Yangon.

Ying Wang

Ying Wang is a PhD researcher at Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University, with a research focus on the internationalisation of Chinese NGOs. Her PhD thesis examines the role of Chinese NGOs in China’s development cooperation. On the Leiden Belt and Road Platform, she curates the Chinese NGO Internationalization Database, a global map focusing on international humanitarian and development projects of Chinese NGOs. Prior to her PhD research, she worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Denghua Zhang

Denghua Zhang is a Research Fellow at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, foreign aid, and China’s relations with the Asia-Pacific region, especially the Pacific. His book A Cautious New Approach: China’s Growing Trilateral Aid Cooperation was one of ANU Press’ top ten new releases in 2020.

Organisations


Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)

Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC) is a regional labour organisation based in Hong Kong promoting labour rights, gender equality, and a life of dignity for all workers, and contributing to the development of an independent and democratic labour movement in Asia. AMRC interventions involve training, capacity building, strategic research, campaigning, advocacy, and networking to support trade unions, labour organisations, victims’ networks, professionals, academics, and researchers.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an independent non-profit organisation that tracks the human rights impacts of thousands of companies in more than 180 countries. With an online audience of over two million, our digital action platform links to reports about positive initiatives by companies as well as to reports about concerns that have been raised by civil society. 

Earthworks

Earthworks is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions.

Inclusive Development International (IDI)

Inclusive Development International (IDI) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting communities to defend their rights and resources in the face of harmful corporate activities and creating a more just and inclusive global economy. 

Initiative for Sustainable Investments China-Latin America (CLASII)

The Initiative for Sustainable Investments China-Latin America (CLASII) conducts research, organises training workshops, develops advocacy tools, and promotes quality implementation of the commitments of Chinese entities oriented to the protection of the environment and the rights of local communities. CLASII was established in 2014 under the auspices of the International and Comparative Environmental Law Program of the American University Washington College of Law, and is currently sponsored by the Bank Information Center.

International Rivers

International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We seek a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local river communities are valued and protected. We envision a world where water and energy needs are met without degrading nature or increasing poverty, and where people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI)

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) was established in 1984 at Lund University. We are an independent academic institution that has offices, programmes, and convening power covering more than 40 countries. The institute combines evidence-based human rights research with direct engagement to bring about human rights change. Our mission is to contribute to a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.

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