Associate Professor Fengshi Wu

Associate Professor Fengshi Wu


PhD in Political Science, University of Maryland, 2005

BA (first honor) in International Politics, Beijing University, 1999

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Fengshi Wu is an Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations at the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. She is a world leading scholar in environmental politics, state-society relations, and global governance with the empirical focus on the Asia Pacific region (esp. East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia). Her recent research and teaching interests highlights the global transformation of the energy system rapidly accelerated by the challenges and geo-politics of climate change.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and Beijing University, she has been a Visiting Professor at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2008-2009) and will be with the Sciences Po, Paris (in later 2024). She was elected to be one of the Graduate Fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences based on her PhD work which documented transnational activism and policy advocacy in environmental protection and public health. Her academic works have appeared in China Journal, Environmental Politics, VOLUNTAS, China Quarterly, Global Environmental Politics, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Journal of Contemporary China and International Studies Quarterly. She edited the book China’s Global Conquest for Resources (Routledge, 2017) on Chinese overseas investment in and acquisition of natural resources.

Prior to UNSW, she held academic positions at the University of Melbourne, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a recipient of research grants from leading higher education authorities in the United States, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore. Currently, she is the inaugural Series Editor of Environment and Society in Asia, Amsterdam University Press, an Executive Board of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR). Since 2023, she has been the Chairperson of AACaPS.

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  • Books | 2016
    , 2016, Critical Issues in Contemporary China, Tubilewicz C, (ed.), Routledge,
    Books | 2014
    Wu F, 2014, Social Mobilization, Collective Action, and Resistance against Environmental Pollution in 2012
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Wu F, 2022, 'Environmental Movements in Asia: Divergent Relationship with Political Liberalization', in The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements, Routledge, This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements on 2022, available online:, pp. 80 - 95,
    Book Chapters | 2022
    Wu F, 2022, 'Relevance in a State of Flux: Civil Society and Environmental Protection in Kazakhstan', in Authoritarianism and Civil Society in Asia, pp. 113 - 128,
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Wu F; Morton K, 2019, 'Policy Case Study: The Environment', in William JA (ed.), Politics in China, Oxford University Press, USA, pp. 383 - 398,
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Wu F, 2019, 'China: Climate Justice without a Social Movement?', in Bhavnani K-K; Foran J; Kurian PA; Munshi D (ed.), Climate Futures: Re-imagining Global Climate Justice, Zed Books, UK
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, 'Climate change in the Arctic: Future Directions for Adaptation (Perspective from A Non-Arctic State)', in Corell R (ed.), The Arctic in World Affairs, Korea Maritime Institute; East-West Center, Busan; Hawii, pp. 199 - 209
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Mati JM; Wu F; Edwards B; El Taraboulsi SN; Smith DH, 2017, 'Social movements and activist-protest volunteering', in , pp. 516 - 538
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Smith DH; Pospí?ilová T; Wu F, 2017, 'National and other supra-local associations: Meso-associations', in , pp. 836 - 873
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'China’s Global Quest for Resources: Notes for Policy Advocates', in
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'China’s Shared Water Resources: Geopolitics, Domestic Institutions and Global Governance', in
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'Environmental Activism in Provincial China', in Local Environmental Politics in China, Routledge, pp. 87 - 106,
    Book Chapters | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'Introduction: A rising China and the future of world resources', in
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Davies TR; Schmitz HP; Appe S; Barragan-Teran D; Owinga B; Raggo PG; Lei XIE, 2016, 'Transnational Associations and INGOs: Macro-Associations', in The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 874 - 893,
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Li Z; Wu F, 2016, 'China and shared water resources: Geopolitics, domestic institutions and global governance', in , pp. 59 - 78
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Mati JM; Wu F; Edwards B; Taraboulsi SNE; Smith DH, 2016, 'Social Movements and Activist-Protest Volunteering', in The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 516 - 538,
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Smith DH; Pospíšilová T; Wu F, 2016, 'National and Other Supra-Local Associations: Meso-Associations', in The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 836 - 873,
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Wu F; Edmonds RL, 2016, 'Environmental degradation', in , pp. 105 - 119
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Wu F; Zhang H, 2016, 'Introduction: A rising China and the future of world resources', in , pp. 1 - 20
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Wu F, 2016, 'Conclusion: Findings and notes for policy advocates', in , pp. 173 - 185
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Wu F; Wen B, 2014, 'Nongovernmental organizations and environmental protests: Impacts in East Asia', in Harris PG; Lang G (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia, pp. 105 - 119,
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Wu F, 2014, 'Social Mobilization, Collective Action, and Resistance against Environmental Pollution in 2012', in ,
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Wu F, 2013, 'Environmental politics in China: An issue area in review', in , pp. 103 - 124
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Wu F, 2012, 'Environmental Politics in China: An Issue Area in Review', in Political Science and Chinese Political Studies, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 103 - 124,
    Book Chapters | 2007
  • Edited Books | 2016
    Wu F; Zhang H, 2016, China’s global quest for resources: Energy, food and water
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Rogers S; Fung Z; Lamb V; Gamble R; Wilmsen B; Wu F; Han X, 2023, 'Beyond state politics in Asia's transboundary rivers: Revisiting two decades of critical hydropolitics', Geography Compass, 17,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wu F, 2022, 'China Goes Green: Coercive Environmentalism for a Troubled Planet', CHINA JOURNAL, 88, pp. 154 - 156,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Yang S; Wu F, 2022, 'From Online Mass Incidents to Defiant Enclaves: Political Dissent on China’s Internet', China Journal, 87, pp. 20 - 39,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wu F; Martus E, 2021, 'Contested environmentalism: the politics of waste in China and Russia', Environmental Politics, 30, pp. 493 - 512,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wu F, 2021, 'State and society in extreme times: China’s early response to covid-19 outbreak', China Review, 21, pp. 1 - 5
    Journal articles | 2020
    Journal articles | 2019
    Korolev A; Wu F, 2019, 'Is there a U.S.–China–India triangle? – Beijing’s official views', India Review, 18, pp. 437 - 456,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Peng L; Wu F, 2018, 'Building Up Alliances and Breaking Down the State Monopoly: The Rise of Non-Governmental Disaster Relief in China', China Quarterly, 234, pp. 463 - 485
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, 'Alchemy in the Rain Forest: Politics, Ecology, and Resilience in a New Guinea Mining Area', GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS, 18, pp. 151 - 155,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, 'Change and Resilience in Melanesian Societies', Global Environmental Politics, 18, pp. 151 - 155,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, 'Chronic Non-compliance and Ineffective Enforcement in Guangzhou', China Policy Journal,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Journal articles | 2017
    Fengshi W, 2017, 'An emerging group name ?gongyi?: Ideational collectivity in China?s civil society', China Review, 17, pp. 123 - 150
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'Evolving state-society relations in China: Introduction', China Review, 17
    Journal articles | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, 'Having Peers and Becoming One: Collective Consciousness among Civil Society Actors in China', Journal of Contemporary China, 26, pp. 564 - 576,
    Journal articles | 2017
    Zhang H; Wu F, 2017, 'China's Marine Fishery and Global Ocean Governance', Global Policy, 8, pp. 216 - 226,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Christoph Steinhardt H; Wu F, 2016, 'In the name of the public: Environmental protest and the changing landscape of popular contention in China', China Journal, 75, pp. 61 - 82
    Journal articles | 2016
    Steinhardt HC; Wu F, 2016, 'In the Name of the Public: Environmental Protest and the Changing Landscape of Popular Contention in China', The China Journal, 75, pp. 61 - 82,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wu F, 2016, 'China’s ascent in global governance and the Arctic', Vestnik of St Petersburg University, Series 6. Political science. International relations, Issue 2
    Journal articles | 2015
    Wu F; Yang S, 2015, 'Web 2.0 and Political Engagement in China', VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27, pp. 2055 - 2076,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wu F; Xu Y, 2013, 'Sino-American environmental relations: The potential of trans-societal linkages', Issues and Studies, 49, pp. 73 - 110
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wu F, 2013, 'Environmental Activism in Provincial China', Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 15, pp. 89 - 108,
    Journal articles | 2012
    Wu F; Chan K-M, 2012, 'Graduated control and beyond: The evolving government-NGO relations', China Perspectives, 2012, pp. 9 - 18
    Journal articles | 2011
    Wu F, 2011, 'Strategic State Engagement in Transnational Activism: AIDS prevention in China', Journal of Contemporary China, 20, pp. 621 - 637,
    Journal articles | 2009
    Wu F, 2009, 'Environmental Politics in China: An Issue Area in Review', Journal of Chinese Political Science, 14, pp. 383 - 406,
    Journal articles | 2006
    Conca K; Wu F; Mei C, 2006, 'Global regime formation or complex institution building? The principled content of international river agreements', International Studies Quarterly, 50, pp. 263 - 285
    Journal articles | 2005
    Wu FS, 2005, 'International non-governmental actors in HIV/AIDS prevention in China', Cell Research, 15, pp. 919 - 922
    Journal articles | 2003
    Wu F, 2003, 'Environmental GONGO Autonomy: Unintended Consequences of State Strategies in China', The Good Society, 12, pp. 35 - 45,
    Journal articles | 2002
    Wu F, 2002, 'Old Brothers or New Partners: GONGOs in Transnational Environmental Advocacy in China', China Environment Series
    Journal articles |
    Wu F; Peng L, 'The Rise of Non-Governmental Disaster Relief in China', SSRN Electronic Journal,
    Journal articles |
    Wu F, 'Environmental Movements in Asia', SSRN Electronic Journal,
  • Working Papers | 2016
    Wu F, 2016, China and Global Governance: Four Pathways to Cross a Threshold, Elsevier BV, http://dx.doi.org10.2139/ssrn.2798494
  • Other | 2020
    Wu F, 2020, Titans of the Climate: Explaining Policy Process in the United States and China, by Kelly Sims Gallagher and Xiaowei Xuan. Forewords by John P. Holdren and Junkuo Zhang. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2018. vii+245 pp. $US28.00/£22.00 (paper)., ,
    Reports | 2013
    Wu F; He J, 2013, Capacity Development of Civil Society Organizations: Towards Inclusive Social Management in China, Elsevier BV,,
    Other | 2010
    Wu F, 2010, The Struggle for Sustainability in Rural China: Environmental Values and Civil Society, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, ,
    Other | 2008
    Wu F, 2008, Clearing the Air: the health and economic damages of air pollution in China- Edited by Mun S. Ho and Chris P. Nielsen, Wiley-Blackwell, ,
    Preprints |
    Wu F, Relevance in a State of Flux: Civil Society and Environmental Protection in Kazakhstan, ,
  • Media | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, On the Doorstep of the Belt and Road Initiative,
    Media | 2018
    Wu F, 2018, Society-Driven Disaster Response: New Model from China?,
    Media | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, China’s Effective Greens and Gaps in Climate Activism,
    Media | 2017
    Wu F, 2017, From Paris to Beijing: China, Next Champion on Climate Change?,
    Media | 2014
    Wu F, 2014, Protests in Hong Kong,

April 2024: Australia Critical Minerals Strategy amid U.S.-China Geopolitical Rivalry,

March 2024: China Changing Track on Water Politics,

May 2018: China and Global Refugee Crisis,

2018: On the Doorstep of the Belt and Road Initiative,

My Research Supervision

[As primary and joint-primary supervisor]

Alya Triska Sutrisno, Political Ecology of Land Used Change: The Case of Coal Mining in Sumatra, Indonesia

Qian Qin, China's Foreign Aid

Ricci German, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Latin America

Jeon Sohui, Diversified Environmental Transition: A Comparative Study of Forestry and Fishery in South Korea and Taiwan

Mahdokht Pazoki, China's Normative Rise through Climate Change and Artificial Intelligence Policies

Iqra Riaz, Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Pakistan

[As co-supervisor]

Altynay Kozhabekova, Middle power behavior in the presence of multiple great powers. Kazakhstan's multi-vector foreign policy: engaging with the great powers

Apei Song, State, Community, and Self: Chinese Biological Citizenship Project and the Identity Management of Drug Users

Yunkang Liu, Development and Transformation of Mainland Southeast Asia (Mekong) Sub-region from the Cold War to a New Era: China's Role and Strategy in Comparative Perspectives

My Teaching

Introduction to Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPEC1001)

Qualitative Research for Social and Political Problems (ARTS2852)

Global Environmental Politics (ARTS3818)