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Shiming Yang

University lecturer

Dr. S. Yang
+31 71 527 6040

I am a University Lecturer in Global Political Economy of China at the Institute for Area Studies. I also work in the Global Transformations and Governance Challenges Stimulus Program at Leiden. I study environmental politics and international political economy with an emphasis on developing countries.

More information about Shiming Yang

Fields of interest

  • International environmental agreement
  • Environmental politics, regulation, and health
  • Ozone layer protection
  • International political economy
  • Rising powers
  • China


Shiming Yang’s research focuses on environmental politics and political economy, with focuses on rising powers and changing global orders on emerging challenges. In terms of environmental politics, she studies how the rise of the developing world and emerging powers in particular have come to change the negotiation dynamics at various international environmental agreements, including ozone protection and climate change. She also studies domestic environmental regulation in developing countries and the distinct challenges they face in building a public-health based environmental regulation system.  

The other strand of her research concerns international and comparative political economy. Her research ranges from growth models of individual countries to trade and supply-chains of, for example, hazardous wastes, short-lived climate pollutants, and Covid-19 vaccines. Here, too, she is interested in how emerging powers are shaping the international orders in issues areas that were previously dominated by industrialized countries.

Her ongoing book project, A Global South Divided: Rising Powers in International Environmental Politics, examines China and India’s emerging divergence on global environmental issues. In terms of economic and environmental impacts, China and India have become the leaders of the developing world, but their positions are growing apart. This book aims to identify this phenomenon and explain it in terms of developmental strategy, political institutions, and legitimacy. It examines this divergence at three types of international platforms: the legally binding multilateral environmental agreement; voluntary global climate regime; and transnational developmental programs. Divisions between China and India on environmental diplomacy have split the Global South behind them, with important implications on climate change, environmental governance, and global economic and political orders.

Curriculum Vitae

2014-2021 PhD Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California
2011-2013 MA Environmental Policy and Planning, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
2007-2011 BA Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Key publications

"Growing Apart: China and India at the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol." forthcoming. Global Environmental Politics.

"Political Economy of Vaccine Diplomacy: Explaining Varying Strategies of China, India, and Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine Diplomacy," with Mao Suzuki. 2022. Review of International Political Economy. 

‘‘Trade for the Environment: Transboundary Hazardous Waste Movements after the Basel Convention,” 2020. Review of Policy Research, 37(5): 713-738. 

University lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China

Postdoctoral Rearcher in Global Transformations and Governance Challenges

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague



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