Public Understanding of Climate Change in China and Taiwan

March 13, 2018

The talk will provide an overview of the public understanding of climate change in China and Taiwan. Dr. Liu will draw from multiple data sources, including books, online forums, social media, and surveys, to examine the factors that shape people's knowledge on climate change. In particular, he will demonstrate that knowledge is often intertwined with social relations and identities. In both China and Taiwan, nationalism plays an important role in framing the discussion around climate change. The talk will end with a discussion on the implication of these results to actual climate policies.


John Chung-En Liu is an assistant professor of sociology at Occidental College. During 2016-2017, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. John received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joint master’s degrees in economics and environmental management from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University. His research draws from economic and environmental sociology to study climate change governance, and his work was featured in media outlets such as Foreign PolicyGuardian, and Public Radio International

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

3:30 - 5:00 pm

SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room

Please register here.


  • SFU David See-chai Lam Centre
  • Taiwan Studies Group, Department of History