FAIR ENERGY TRANSITION – THE ROLE OF LATIN AMERICA AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA Humanity is facing a civilizational crisis. Unlike previous challenges on warfare, conflicts, and geopolitical tensions experienced during the 20th century, the contemporary era has a vital environmental component. The potential for civilizational breakdown has been accelerated by Anthropocene-induced […]

The relationship between China and the US is commonly portrayed in terms of geostrategic competition, often leading to pessimistic accounts of international cooperation. This, in turn, glosses over important institutional innovations and joint efforts around shared concerns on climate change and the clean energy transition. As the shift towards renewable energy accelerates demand for transition […]

As part of the ERC Project GRIP-ARM, I am organizing panels in two separate conferences. The first panel is for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), which would be the European equivalent of APSA in the US (https://ecpr.eu/GeneralConference). The panel will fit nicely in a section called “Energy and Society” (check here: https://ecpr.eu/StandingGroups/StandingGroupHome.aspx?ID=80). Deadline is […]

On June 03, 2021, I was one of the speakers at the event “Research InSightS Live No. 1: Climate Change: A Story of Seduction and Destruction”, hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies. Here, I discuss the geopolitical challenges to our adaptation of clean technology and the green transition. If you wish to know […]

I am very excited to be sharing with you our poster for the ERC project Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals (GRIP-ARM). Thanks to the International Institute of Social Studies for the support in producing this material!

I am currently advertising two PhD positions for my ERC Starting Grant “Green Industrial Policy in the Age of Rare Metals: A Trans-regional Comparison of Growth Strategies through Rare Earths Mining” (GRIP-ARM). The GRIP-ARM project, and the researchers that are part of this team, will contribute to understanding how mineral exporters can design industrial strategies in pursuit of […]

In a recent FT article, Beijing has proposed to further impose an export restrictions on rare earths elements (REEs), which would potentially harm U.S. weapons and other manufacturing sectors. This is the latest episode of what appears to be worsening U.S.-China relations, which began under Trump’s policy to make imports of U.S. technology—especially high-tech semiconductors—difficult for […]

It is now official! Here is the short statement about my new appointment at the International Institute of Social Studies as Senior Lecturer/UD1. My move is facilitated by the new ERC Starting Grant which begins on February 1st, 2021. The new global political economy is increasingly defined by critical raw materials, of which rare earths elements are […]

Today, I gave a lecture on Industrial Policy as a focal point of analysis when we study state-led development. This is by no means a one man show. I simply introduced some of the ideas that our special issue participants have been debating for months. However, the project builds upon a very successful special issue […]

Convenors:              Linda Yin-nor Tjia, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Jewellord Nem Singh, Leiden University, the Netherlands Ever since China announced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013, many academic research, policy reports, and journalistic commentaries have been very sceptical about the intentions and outcomes of such a massive infrastructure plan. […]