Dr. Coraline Goron obtained a double Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Warwick and the Université Libre de Bruxelles under the aegis of the Erasmus Mundus GEM program. She holds an MA in European politics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and an LLM in international and Chinese law from the China-EU School of Law at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Before joining DKU, Coraline was a postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation at the University of Oxford China Centre.

Her research centers on environmental politics with a specific focus on China, both domestically and as an increasingly influential actor in global environmental governance. She is particularly interested in the contentious politics of socio-ecological transformations, confronting interests, ideologies and imaginaries of the future. Her Ph.D. thesis received the Marthe Engelborghs-Bertels Prize for Sinology in May 2018. It traced the transformation of China’s regulatory institutions in the field of energy and environmental protection and analyzed their combined outcomes on the implementation of decarbonization and renewable energy policies. It draws on a vast corpus of Chinese-language documentation, including over 200 policy documents and dozens of industry journal articles, as well as interviews with Chinese industry experts and policy stakeholders.

Coraline’s postdoctoral research at Oxford University has explored different usages of environmental information, paying attention to the politics of disclosure and the relationship between environmental authorities, industries, NGOs and citizens seeking environmental information in China. She is keen on developing the academic fields of Political Ecology and Science and Technology Studies from the perspective of China. Her current research includes:

The politics of environmental information disclosure in the resolution of environmental disputes, citizen production of environmental information and their participation in local environmental governance
The politics of stateled ecological transformation, with a focus on the social impacts, pushbacks, and renegotiations of top-down environmental measures
The transnational (non)diffusion of environmental norms and practices to and from China, especially in the field of climate change