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Chinese Journal of Population Resources and Environment

Special Issue: Non-state and sub-state Action in a New Era of Global Climate Governance

About the Journal

Chinese Journal of Population, Resources and Environment (CJPRE) is an international journal that publishes original research in the fields of economic, population, resource and environment studies as they pertain to sustainable development. More specifically, CJPRE aims to address and evaluate the field's theoretical frameworks, capability building initiatives, strategic goals, ethical values, empirical research, methodologies and techniques. 

Since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the field of sustainable development has developed rapidly. Although it remains an emerging field of research, it has proven influential and continues to provide new angles for understanding how current events may impact society. 

While CJPRE originally focused on assessing Chinese advances in the field of sustainable development, the journal now looks toward sharing global developments from both developed and developing countries.

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This special issue aims to yield new theoretical and empirical insights into the impact of non-state and sub-state action on climate governance at different scales. The impact in which we are interested include not only the direct effects of different actions on solving the climate problem such as emission reductions and adaptation measures, but also their effects on national policies and power dynamics in the political processes at multiple levels. By addressing these critical questions, we hope to advance our understanding on the transformative capacity as well as the limitations of non-state and sub-state climate action in the post-Paris era (Chan et al. 2019). We plan to include 8-10 research papers (8000 words max.) from scholars in different disciplines including, but not limited to, environmental studies, geography, political science, and sociology, and from both the Global North and South.

We are particularly interested in proposals of empirical, theoretical or policy-oriented papers, which relate to:

  • The evolution of non-state and sub-state actors in climate change, with a particular emphasis on the governance mechanism of non-state and sub-state actions, and their connections between national policy and international negotiations;
  • The effectiveness of non-state and sub-state actions or the potential impacts of best practice/policy suggested by non-state and sub-state actors;
  • The process of coalition building for climate governance among non-state and sub-state actors at different scales and in different places.

Guest Editors

Yixian Sun is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an affiliate of the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies. His research focuses on private governance, environmental politics, and sustainable consumption, with a focus on large emerging economies, China in particular. He received his PhD and Master’s degree in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Yixian’s work has been published in the Review of International Political Economy, Global Environmental Politics, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. He is working on his book project examining the expansion of private sustainability governance in China, and co-editing a special issue of Ecological Economics.

Liang Dong is a research fellow and assistant professor at the Institute of Asian Studies, China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. He received his PhD in International Politics from the School of International Studies (SIS) at Peking University. His main research interests include global climate governance, the interplay between politics and science, climate negotiations, and sustainable development in East Asia. He has published more 30 papers in international and major Chinese journals such as Politics and Governance, World Economy and Politics and Foreign Affairs Review. Now, he is working on comparative climate politics with China’s ecological civilization as a focus. He is also a scientific editor of CJPRE.

Submission Timetable

31 March 2019: Prospective authors submit extended abstracts (less than 500 words excluding references) to the special issue guest editors (yixian.sun@yale.com and dongliang@cfau.edu.cn)
April 2019:The guest editors select papers that suit the theme of the issue
August 2019:The authors of the selected papers submit the full paper on the journal's online system for peer review
August - December 2019:Standard process of double-blind peer reviews and the authors then revise and resubmit their papers
December 2019 (expected):Accepted papers publish online