Catherine Chen

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
The University of Hong Kong, Journalism & Politics and Public Administration (Bachelor of Journalism, First Class Honours)

Graduate Institution and Major:
The University of Hong Kong, Politics and Public Administration (MPhil)

Relevant Professional Experience:
  • 2015: Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Bloomberg News Hong Kong
  • 2014-2015: Research Assistant, Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong Intern Business & Financial News Editor, The News Lens
  • 2014: Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Asia Sentinel (June 2014 – August 2014)

Research Interests:
I am interested in the nexus between environmental policy and economic development. In my Master of Philosophy thesis, I investigated how local governments in China’s underdeveloped regions mitigate the transaction costs of environmental regulations by engaging stakeholders with economic incentives. More generally, I am interested in policy diffusion and competition among U.S. local governments in the realm of environmental and energy policy, their multifaceted economic impacts, and empirical models that explain policy conflicts among stakeholders.

Conference Presentations:
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Midwest Political Science Association Conference (April 2017)
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Political Studies Association Conference (April 2017)
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism," American Political Science Association Conference (September 2017)

Teaching
The University of Hong Kong, Teaching Assistant in Research Methods in Politics and Public Administration, Introduction to Public Administration, Global Political Economy, Politics of Economic Reform in China, and Public Administration in China (January 2016 – June 2018)

Honors & Awards:
  • Graduate Fellowship, The Ohio State University (2018 – 2019)
  • Postgraduate Scholarship, The University of Hong Kong (2015 – 2017)
  • SCMP Wah Kiu Yat Po Journalism Scholarship Fund, The University of Hong Kong (2013 – 2015)
  • C. V. Starr Scholarship, The University of Hong Kong (2013 – 2014)
  • Outstanding Mainland Chinese Student Scholarship, The University of Hong Kong (2012 – 2015)



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