Xuanli Liao

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Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Energy Security and Director of the PhD Programme
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Bio

Teaching

International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources (CP52008)

The main purpose of this module is to help the students to understand the international environments and the interaction between international relations (IR) and energy and natural resources industry. This module, together with The Politics of the Environment and Climate Change, is being introduced in order to provide an important political element to the LLM, MSc and MBA Programmes, in addition to their respective specializations.

There are two main elements involved in the module: one is a set of key IR theories (e.g. Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism, Geopolitics, etc.) and the other is a group of case-studies in relation to international relations and energy related disputes, such as Sino-Japanese dispute in the East China Sea, the Iran Nuclear Crisis, the EU energy security policy, the US energy policy, the Geopolitics and Central Asian natural resources, and Resources and African development. In each session, one of the theories will be introduced and be illustrated by a case-study, in order to help enhance students’ understanding of both the theory and the empirical case. The teaching is to be done interactively, and the students are strongly encouraged to participate in the 3-hour teaching session.

Certain group work tasks will be assigned to the students who attend the module, and they will be expected to report back to the class in the following session. This is aimed to help the students understand the key theoretical concepts, and to provide them an opportunity to share their own thinking and knowledge to their fellow students. This has been applied the first time in the teaching in 2007 and welcomed by the students in general. Some of the reading materials will be posted on the VLE by the course instructor, as they will not necessarily be available from the library.

The module will be taught at Semester 2.1 in eight sessions and the assessment comprises three elements: classroom performance (20%); a two-hour exam (30%), and a 4000-words research paper (50%).

 

The Politics of the Environment and Climate Change (CP52061)

This module is a Core component of CEPMLP’s new MSc in Climate Change Economics and Policy, whilst the students from MBA and LLM Programmes are also welcome. It attempts to address the politics of the environment and climate change in the context of global politics. The key issues under discussion include the core characteristics of climate change related problems, the theories that explain the climate change policy-making, the power and institutions behind the policy-making, and the implications of the policy pursued so far by the major economies.

This module employs the Two-Levels Game as the theoretical framework, to illustrate the international and domestic constraints that face the national government in dealing with climate change related issues. Meanwhile, it will introduce the global climate governance architecture (such as the Kyoto Regime and the Post-Kyoto Negotiations), as well as the policy concerns at national level of the major economies (including the EU (and the UK), the United States, China and Japan). It hopes to enhance students’ understanding of the political dimension of the environment and climate change governance.

The module will also be taught at Semester 2.1, and eight sessions will be conducted which cover both the global climate change governance, and the policy collaboration/conflicts of the major players in climate change. The reading materials will be made available either through the library system, or be posted on the VLE by the course instructor. There are three parts in the assessment: classroom performance (20%); a two-hour exam (30%), and a 4000-words research paper (50%).

 

Biography

Janet Xuanli Liao is Senior Lecturer on International Relations and Energy security Studies, at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) of the University of Dundee. She obtained a PhD in International Relations from the University of Hong Kong. She also held B.A. and M.A. in History from Peking University, China, and studied M.A. in International Relations at the International University of Japan.

Her current research interests include think tanks and China’s foreign policy decision-making, China’s energy diplomacy (including China-Central Asia-Russia, China and Middle East, etc.), the relationship between Chinese NOCs and the government, Sino-Japanese political/energy relations (including the East China Sea dispute), China’s climate change policy, and climate change governance.

Dr Liao is the Director of the PhD Programme at the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management. She teaches two modules for Masters’ students. One is on “International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources”, and the other is on “The Politics of Environment and Climate Change”. Dr Liao has been invited to deliver presentations at numerous conferences and workshops organized by government think tanks, International Organizations and academic institutions. She was invited as Visiting Professor at the International University of Japan in 2011, and served as a visiting researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (Tokyo), and the Institute for Security & Development Policy (Sweden). She is also Honorary Professor at the China Institute of Boundary Studies, Wuhan University.

                                             

Research

Dr Liao’s current research interests include China's foreign policy decision-making, China’s energy diplomacy (including China-Central Asia-Russia, China and Middle East, etc.), relationship between Chinese NOCs and the government, Sino-Japanese political/energy relations (including the East China Sea dispute), and China’s climate change policy and the global climate governance.

Dr Liao is the team leader of the ESRC-DFID sponsored project on "Chinese National Oil Companies and the Economic Development of African Oil Producers." It is a joint-project between the CEPMLP team and the Open University team, together with partners from China and African states. The research project amounted for nearly one million pounds and will last for three years from June 2016. We have so far held a number of team meetings and field trips in China, an have organized an advisory expert meeting at the Dundee of Dundee in April 2016.  

Publications

Liao, JX 2015,

'The Chinese government and the national oil companies (NOCs): who is the principal?' Asia Pacific Business Review, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 44-59. DOI:
10.1080/13602381.2014.939893

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Liao, JX 2015,

China’s energy diplomacy towards the Middle East. in A Ehteshami & Y Miyagi (eds), The emerging middle east : east Asia nexus. Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 94-109.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Liao, JX 2013,

'China's energy diplomacy and its "peaceful rise" ambition: the cases of Sudan and Iran' Asian Journal of Peacebuilding, vol 1, no. 2, pp. 197-225.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Liao, JX 2013,

Chinese think tanks on Japan studies: a role in the Diaoyu Islands dispute? in Between power and knowledge : think tanks in transition. vol. Conference Proceedings, Institute of International relations, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taipei, pp. 167-181, Between Power and Knowledge: Think Tanks in Transition, Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China, 11-12 April.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Liao, JX 2009,

China’s handling of energy security: domestic reform and international challenges. in R Bleischwitz & F Pfeil (eds), Globale rohstoffpolitik : herausforderungen für sicherheit, entwicklung und umwelt. EINE welt: texte der stiftung entwicklung und frieden, vol. Bd. 23, Nomos, Baden-Baden, pp. 81-94.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Liao, JX 2009,

Perceptions and strategies on energy security: the case of China and Japan. in C Len & A Chew (eds), Energy and security cooperation in Asia: challenges and prospects. The Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm, pp. 105-119, RSIS Conference on Spotlight on Asia's Energy and Security Challenges - A Multilateral Response?, Singapore, United Kingdom, 7-8 September.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Liao, JX 2008,

Likely solutions for the Sino-Japanese dispute over maritime resources in the East China sea: legal or political? in China’s energy security studies – legal and policy analysis. Wuhan University Press, Wuhan, pp. 3-23.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Liao, JX 2008,

'Sino-Japanese Energy security and regional stability: the case of the East China Sea gas exploration' East Asia, vol 25, no. 1, pp. 57-78. DOI:
10.1007/s12140-007-9035-7

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Liao, JX 2008,

'China and the global energy crisis: Development and prospects for China's oil and natural gas, by Tatsu Kambara and Christopher Howe' China Journal, vol 59, pp. 211-212.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Liao, JX 2008,

The politics of oil behind Sino-Japanese energy security strategies. Asia Papers, The Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.

Research output: Book Anthology



Liao, X 2007,

'The petroleum factor in Sino-Japanese relations: beyond energy cooperation' International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 23-46. DOI:
10.1093/irap/lci142

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Liao, X 2006,

Chinese foreign policy think tanks and China's policy towards Japan. Chinese University Press, Hong Kong.

Research output: Book Anthology



Andrews-Speed, P, Liao, X & Dannreuther, R 2002,

The strategic implications of China's energy needs. Adelphi papers, no. 346, Oxford University Press for The International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Research output: Book Anthology



Activities

workshop on “Between Power and Knowledge: Think Tanks in Transition,” organized by the Institute of International Relations

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in conference

11 4 2013

the workshop on “The EU and the BRICs in the Wake of the Eurozone Crisis”

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

7 6 2012

The Sino-Japanese Maritime Disputes: Power Politics vs Energy Security

Role: Keynote/plenary speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

3 2 2012

The Conference on “Law, Technology and Development: Opportunities and Challenges in EU-China Relations”

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

11 11 2014

The Chevening Programme 2012

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

31 7 2013

The Beijing Forum

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in conference

6 11 2015

The 6th China Goes Global Conference at Harvard University

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

8 10 2012

the 2013 Second Track Dialogue, Securing Our Energy Future: Chinese and Australian Perspectives

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in conference

3 7 2013

seminar series of the Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research

Role: Keynote/plenary speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

26 1 2012

International energy security: what value for Europe?

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

31 1 2013

Implications of China’s energy diplomacy

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

18 12 2014

Chinese Energy Policy: Domestic Issues and International Challenges

Role: Keynote/plenary speaker
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

12 4 2013

China's Climate Change Policy

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

28 11 2014

China’s Energy Diplomacy: Challenges and Implications

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

16 12 2015

China’s Climate Policy prior to Paris COP 21

Role: Speaker
Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk

8 10 2015

Between Power and Knowledge: Think Tanks in Transition

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in conference

11 4 2013

Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (Journal)

Role: Referee
Activity: Publication peer-review

 1 2016

2013 Second Track Dialogue, Securing Our Energy Future: Chinese and Australian Perspectives

Role: Invited speaker
Activity: Participation in conference

3 7 2013