Team

JIN GU
Jin Gu, graduated from China university of Political Science and Law with a major in law, and received a master's degree in law from the College of William and Mary (LL. M). Her passion for environmental protection led her to seek opportunities to work in environmental law. In early 2019, she came to Duke Kunshan University to participate in the project of Prof. Kathinka Fürst's team, and worked as a research assistant (RA) at Duke Kunshan University. During her stay at Duke Kunshan University, she participated in the literature review of public interest litigation on climate change, participated in the project of "the role of NGOs in Greening "One Belt And One Road", followed professor Kathinka to participate in the field research activities, and went to the environmental protection bureau of Suzhou and NGO "Green Jiangnan" to conduct research and interview. This experience brought her a new perspective of environmental law, and enabled her to see the role of research methods such as investigation and interview in environmental law research, especially in the cross disciplines research of the combination of environmental law and environmental policy.
Yingjie Chen
Yingjie used to learn humanistic study at Wuhan University. Enlarged by the profound knowledge as well as the interdisciplinary learning methods, she made up her mind to cross the boundary between liberal art and social science, in order to solve practical problems. As a result, Yingjie chose international Master of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program at Duke Kunshan University. As a beginner in environmental governance, Yingjie felt excited to meet all the enthusiasts in the environmental protection realm. She had the opportunities to lead an on-campus bird conservation project, which was inspired by Prof. Kathinka. This project was passed on to the next iMEP cohort and would help to revise the new buildings in DKU. Yingjie also got an internship at China Dialogue during the summer time in 2019. She was astonished by the importance of environmental communication. She gradually prepared herself to be a qualified climate communicator. Yingjie completed a master project about the environmental communication issues along the Belt and Road Initiative. Now, Yingjie is going to work at Greenovation Hub (GHub), which is an environmental NGO dedicated to pursue a greener future. Her focus there is establishing a comprehensive and independent climate communication platform.
Weijun Rong
Weijun Rong studied politics and administration at Tianjin Normal University, and later studied international relations at Fudan University. In 2018, she began studying environmental policy at Duke Kunshan University. She once did a study with Professor Kathinka Furst on the role of NGOs in air pollution control in China and how they view the social-economic costs of environmental policy. When she conducted this research, she found that she had a strong interest in environmental justice and justice transition, so she turned to study related issues. She did a study on whether the Chinese government, the public and academia viewed environmental issues from the perspective of environmental justice under the guidance of Kathinka Furst. Then, she went to two cities in Anhui and Shanxi with another graduate student from Beijing Normal University to investigate how state-owned coal enterprises reallocate workers after reducing coal capacity. Currently, she is ready to work for several years to accumulate some work experience and then continue to pursue her PhD.
Kameron Schroeder
Kameron Schroeder is a recent graduate of the International Master of Environmental Policy program at Duke Kunshan University. Upon graduation, Kameron received the Highest Achieving Student Award of the Master of Environmental Policy program, an award given to the iMEP student with the highest GPA during the first three semesters. At DKU, Kameron completed his master’s project Wild Salmon in China: Using Radio Tagging and Environmental Policy to Protect Chum Salmon Populations in the Amur River. The project was completed on behalf of a Chinese NGO, the Forever Nature Capital Foundation, and advised by Professor Kathinka Furst. Prior to DKU, Kameron received a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. Kameron has also worked a variety of jobs and internships including with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a law firm. Following graduation, Kameron intends to pursue a law degree and ultimately practice environmental law.
Xiuxiu Zhang
Xiuxiu Zhang is an environmental attorney in Shanghai. She passed Bar Exam in 2011. Ms. Zhang majored in Environmental Law (Master) at Fuzhou University and she graduated in 2015. While working as an environmental lawyer in Shanghai, she was selected as Environmental Mission Scholar by Vermont Law School. Over past two years, Ms. Zhang devoted herself to environmental protection using legal tools and she has provided great practical experience and knowledge for Kathinka Furst’s research team. Because of her good performance, Ms. Zhang has been promoted as a training mentor of Environmental Mission Scholar since July 2019.  Ms. Zhang also works as an environmental researcher for the Environmental Research Centre in Duke Kunshan University. Ms. Zhang’s research covers environmental law and enforcement in China and the U.S., soil pollution issues and environmental public interest litigations.  Ms. Zhang’s practical work experience ranges from public interest litigation to environmental commercial services (compliance).  Ms. Zhang commits to provide legal supports to civil society. As a promising environmental attorney, she is passionate, energetic, and positive to act.