Since 2013, Chinese environmental authorities have become extremely proactive in expanding into online spaces. This has been seen alternatively as a promising attempt to improve governance by increasing citizen engagement and transparency, or as a new tool of societal control. However, empirical research into the practices of state microblogs are rare, and the implications of their emergence for state-society relations remains poorly understood. This talk by Coraline Goron, assistant professor of environmental policy at Duke Kunshan University, will present research using a combination of online and offline methods to analyze Chinese state microblogs, focusing on the 172 local environmental authorities at various administrative levels in Shandong Province.
This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. This talk is also sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School for Public Policy.