YUKANG YANG | Peter Clarke and Susan Evans Graduate Research Fund

With the financial support of this fund, Yunkang Yang was able to conduct fieldwork in China. Yang’s focus is on resource limitations of local governments and the mechanisms through which protests trigger resource-poor local governments to seek help from NGOs. He was able to travel to cities such as Beijing, Nanjing, and Suzhou to interview local government officials and NGO professionals, to obtain reports, take field notes, and gather other materials. His fieldwork also opened important theoretical questions that he plans to address in a follow-up project funded by AAS China and Inner Asia Council and the International Research and Study Fellowship. This ongoing research will advance the understanding of local environmental politics in China, and will bring together local efforts to effectively combat environmental pollution in China.

 “The Peter Clarke and Susan Evans Graduate Research Fund gave me an incredible opportunity to go to China and study the dynamic relationship between Chinese local governments, protests, and NGOs regarding the issue of environmental protection,” explains Yang. “This would not have been possible without the generous support of Peter Clarke and Susan Evans.”