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China, Climate Change, COP26 – What Comes Next? SACU Panel Discussion

December 8, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

SACU has assembled an excellent speaker panel to discuss China and the post COP26 period.
This is a free online event on Wednesday 8th December, 5.30pm-7.00pm (GMT)

About this event

SACU’s Expert Panel will discuss what comes next for China and the world following COP26, with a focus on addressing the following questions:

  • How should China’s involvement in COP26 be assessed and what role will it play in tackling climate change post COP26?
  • What opportunities or challenges does China face in adhering to its green pledges? Is it doing enough in terms of policymaking and implementation, and grass roots mobilisation?
  • How should countries around the world, and the developed West in particular, engage with China for the benefit of tackling the climate crisis?


Professor Astrid Nordin is Chair of Chinese International Relations in the Lau China Institute KCL, prior to which she was Professor of World Politics and Founding Director of Lancaster University China Centre. She is also Senior Fellow of the Institute for Social Futures, and Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Astrid’s research draws on Chinese and other global traditions of thought to understand global challenges as they relate to China’s growing global role.

Dr Joy Zhang is an Associate Professor and Director of Studies in Sociology, at the University of Kent. A Chinese-born British sociologist with a first degree in medicine, her research concerns the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on Sino-European contexts. Joy has previously headed the ESRC-funded project ‘Governing Accountability in China’s Life Sciences: A Comparative Study of Stem Cell and GM Food Governance’.

Denis Fernando is a Climate Change Activist. He has been part of the Occupy London movement and an Officer for the National Union of Students representing African, Arabs Asian and Caribbean students, as well as being a student union officer at Goldsmith College and University of London Union. Denis is also a songwriter and musician whose work has featured across BBC Radio and RTE Lyric.

Sam Geall is Executive Director of China Dialogue and associate faculty at the University of Sussex. His research focuses on climate policy and politics, energy transition, and environmental governance in China, as well as the impact of Chinese investment through the Belt and Road Initiative. He has authored several books including China and the Environment: The Green Revolution (2013).


Carlos Martinez is an author and activist, as well as a SACU member. He writes regularly for the Morning Star and is a co-founder of No Cold War.

There will be some time for Q&A. You are invited to submit questions in advance to events@sacu.org.uk

Event access

  1. Reserve your place on Eventbrite: https://sacu-china-climatechange-cop26_publicevent.eventbrite.co.uk/
  2. One day before the event, you will be sent an invitation email link to register in advance on Zoom
  3. If you register within one day of the event you will receive the invitation email one hour before the event starts


December 8, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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