DR Fengshi Wu

DR Fengshi Wu


  • Chinese politics (state-society relations)
  • comparative politics (civil society and political development)
  • environmental politics (movement and policy)



  • Fengshi Wu (BA from Beijing University, PhD from University of Maryland), Senior Lecturer, Asia Institute, specializes in environmental politics, Chinese politics and global governance. Prior to joining the University of Melbourne, she was Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the MSc in IR programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014-2018), and Assistant and Associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2005-2013). Dr. Wu was selected as a Visiting Scholar to spend a year at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2008-09). She was also among the inaugural class of the Graduate Fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2004). She is a leading expert on China’s environmental politics, social activism, and political transition, and her recent publications have appeared in the International Studies Quarterly, China Journal, China Quarterly, Global Policy, VOLUNTAS (International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations), Issues and Studies, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, China Perspectives, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Chinese Political Science, and Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg University. Her edited book, China's Global Quest for Resources: Energy, Food and Water, was published by Routledge in 2017.   


Member of

  • Australian Asian Studies Association. regular member 2018 -
  • Chinese Studies Association in Australia. regular member 2018 -
  • International Society for Third-Sector Research. regular member 2012 -
  • American Political Science Association. regular member 2004 -
  • International Studies Association. regular member 2000 -
  • ISA Asia Pacific Region Executive Committee. member with administrative duties 2018 - 2021


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Maryland 2005
  • BA, Peking University 1999

Awards and honors

  • Not in List, 2014
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2008
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Blue Moon Fund, 2004



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising postgraduate theses that focus on China's role in global governance.