Dr. Xuehua Zhang

Dr. Xuehua Zhang

Environmental Policymaking and the Rule of Law in China
Stanford University

Dr. Xuehua Zhang

Xuehua Zhang’s research interests include environmental policymaking and implementation, energy policy and enforcement and rule of law in China.

She is currently investigating the role of judicial review in local environmental enforcement through reviewing court case files and interviewing a variety of parties involved in lawsuits in Hubei province of China. Her dissertation will be the first empirical analysis of the effects of environmental administrative lawsuits on China’s environmental enforcement.

In 2004, the Energy Foundation (EF) invited Zhang to conduct an independent investigation on the effectiveness of China’s Energy Conservation Law in Shanghai that was presented to China’s annual ministerial-level Senior Policy Advisory Council.

Before beginning her IPER PhD in 2002 at Stanford University, Zhang worked as a policy analyst and project coordinator at Resources for the Future, an environmental think-tank based in Washington DC. In 2002, she was invited by the Indian Government and U.S. EPA to deliver a talk on the Asian Development Bank’s pilot project.

In 1999, she worked at the World Bank as a short-term consultant and conducted the first national mail survey on the major enforcement problems in China.

Zhang received her Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Resource Management from Western Washington University in 2001 and her Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (environmental monitoring) at Sichuan University in 1991. Before coming to the United States, she worked for her city, Chengdu municipal EPB, as an environmental engineer. From 1991-1996 she helped build the “Living Water Garden,” which is located in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province, China.