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John Chung-En Liu

National Taiwan University

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John Chung-En Liu is an associate professor of sociology at National Taiwan University. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles and 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. He draws from economic and environmental sociology to study climate change, and his work was featured in media outlets such as Foreign Policy, Guardian, and Public Radio International.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States China Taiwan

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Net Zero Public opinion Social Media

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Liu, John Chung-En, J., and M. H. Cooper. “Carbon Markets and International Environmental Governance.” The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology (2020): 267-284.
Liu, John Chung-En, and Chia-Wei Chao. “Equal rights for gasoline and electricity? The dismantling of fossil fuel vehicle phase-out policy in Taiwan.” Energy Research & Social Science 89 (2022): 102571.
Kashwan, Prakash, John Chung‐En Liu, and Jahnnabi Das. “Climate nationalisms: Beyond the binaries of good and bad nationalism.” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (2022): e815.

John Chung-En Liu & Andrew Szasz. 2019. “Now is the Time to Add More Sociology of Climate Change to Our Introduction to Sociology Courses,” Teaching Sociology (August 2019).

John Chung-En Liu, Yoram Bauman, & Yating Chuang. 2019. “Climate Change and Economics 101: Teaching the Greatest Market Failure,” Sustainability (March 2019).

John Zinda, Yifei Li, & John Chung-En Liu. 2018. “China’s Summons for Environmental Sociology,” Current Sociology (June 2018).

John Chung-En Liu. 2018. “Pacifying Uncooperative Carbon: Examining the Materiality of the Carbon Market,” Economy and Society (January 2018).

John Chung-En Liu & Bo Zhao. 2016. “Who Speaks for Climate Change in China? Evidence from Weibo,” Climatic Change (December 2016).

John Chung-En Liu. 2015. “Low Carbon Plot: Climate Change Skepticism with Chinese Characteristics,” Environmental Sociology (June 2015).