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Tyler Harlan



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I am an environmental economic geographer interested in the interplay of energy and climate policy, natural resource management, and development in China, and the implications of China's low-carbon transition for other industrializing countries. 

My current research analyzes the role of small hydropower (SHP) in China as a clean energy policy tool and model of 'green development'. I investigate the conflicting uses of SHP, its uneven geography of implementation and impacts, and the actions of state officials and private investors who promote a ‘China model’ of hydropower that other countries can adopt. I found that government incentives and profit motivations for SHP have transformed rural areas into electricity producers, often limiting water access and food production. Yet, while these outcomes have reduced state support for SHP, its green reputation continues to facilitate Chinese hydropower investment overseas.
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Fields of Study

Environmental economic geography, political ecology, energy and climate policy, natural resource management, China

Advisors

Dr. Cindy Fan (UCLA Geography, chair)

Dr. Judith Carney (UCLA Geography, committee member)

Dr. Eric Sheppard (UCLA Geography, committee member)

Dr. Emily Yeh (CU-Boulder Geography, committee member)

Awards

Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA (2016)

Duthie-Secchia Fellowship for Research on Contemporary China, UCLA Center for Chinese Studies (2016)

International Geographical Union Travel Grant, National Science Foundation (2016)

Fulbright Fellowship, Institute of International Education (2015)

Hiroshi Wagatsuma Graduate Fellowship, UCLA Asia Institute (2015)

Collegium of University Teaching Fellows Award, UCLA (2015)

Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Lexington KY (2015)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Chinese, Academic Year (2014)

Henry Luce Foundation Program in China Studies Summer Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (2014)

Affiliates Graduate Fellowship, UCLA (2014 and 2013)

Freshman Cluster Program Teaching Fellow, Office of Undergraduate Education, UCLA (2014)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Indonesian, Academic Year (2014) (declined)

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA (2013)

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, UCLA (2013)

International Institute Fieldwork Fellowship, UCLA (2013)

International Institute Recruitment Fellowship, UCLA (2012)

Critical Language Scholarship in Chinese, U.S. State Department (2012)

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Chinese, Summer (2012) (declined)

Four-Year Fellowship, UCLA Geography (2012-16)

Commonwealth of Australia International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2007-08)

Rotary International Kirchner Scholarship (2006)

Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Student-Athlete Scholarship (2006)

The John T. and Lizzie Allen McGill Award for Leadership, Vanderbilt University (2006)

Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Vanderbilt University (2006 and 2005)

Research

I am an environmental economic geographer interested in the interplay of energy and climate policy, natural resource management, and development in China, and the implications of China's low-carbon transition for other industrializing countries. 

 

Degrees

PhD in Geography, University of California, Los Angeles, expected 2017

MPhil in Resource Management and Geography, University of Melbourne, 2009

BA in Anthropology and East Asian Studies, summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 2006

Publications

A ‘green’ development model: Transnational model-making in China’s small hydropower training programs. (Under review)

Shades of green energy: Geographies of small hydropower in Yunnan, China and the challenges of over-development. (Under review) [with Thomas Hennig]

2016. Fringe existence: Uyghur entrepreneurs and ethnic relations in urban Xinjiang. In Hillman, B. and Davis, G., eds., Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China’s West. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 179-200.

2012. New Uyghur corporate entrepreneurs in Urumqi. Central Asian Survey 31:2, 175-191. [with Michael Webber]

2009. Private sector development in Xinjiang, China: a comparison between Uyghur and Han. Espace Populations Sociétés 2009/3, 407-418.

Presentations

Panels/Sessions Organized

Infrastructures of Climate Change (with Sophie Webber, co-organizer and Gregory Simon, discussant). American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Boston, USA, April 5-9 2017

Manufacturing the China Model: Politics, Practices, and Outcomes (with Jia-Ching Chen, co-organizer and Alana Boland, discussant). American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Boston, USA, April 5-9 2017

Rural Agency in the ‘Green Economy’ (with Sean Kennedy, co-organizer and Jennifer Baka and Martin Montefrio, discussants). American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, USA, March 29-April 2, 2016

Papers Presented

Small Hydropower and the Making of China’s Rural Green Development Model. International Geographical Congress, Beijing, China, August 21-25, 2016

Green Development or Green Production? Contradictions in China’s Small Hydropower Industry. American Association of Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, USA, March 29-April 2, 2016

Fueling Ecological Civilization: Small Hydropower and the Vocabulary of Rural Green Production in China. ‘E is for Environment’ Graduate Symposium, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, March 4-6, 2016

From Periphery to Best Practice: Globalizing China’s ‘Ecological Civilization’. American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, USA, April 8-12, 2014

Fringe Existence: Uyghur Entrepreneurs and Ethnic Relations in Urban Xinjiang. Workshop on Ethnic Conflict in Western China, San Diego, USA, March 21-22, 2013

Fringe Existence: Uyghur Entrepreneurs and Ethnic Relations in Urban Xinjiang. American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Los Angeles, USA, April 9-13, 2013

Cross Border Trade and Ethnic Relations in Xinjiang. China and the Global Political Economy Conference, Eugene, Oregon, USA, April 14-15, 2013

Uyghur Business and Economic Development in Urumqi, Xinjiang. American Association of Geographers annual meeting, Las Vegas, USA, March 22-27, 2009

Invited talks

Small hydropower and land management in Yunnan, China. Invited presentation at the World Agroforestry Center, Kunming, China, November 12, 2015

California water policy and management. Invited lecture at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, September 3, 2015