Eli Patton (彭忆来) is a research assistant for the China Environment Forum. His current focus is ocean plastic waste in Southeast Asia with a strong emphasis on policy options that enable a circular economy. His upcoming publications relate to different types of problematic plastics in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Eli’s work with the Serious Games Initiative on the Plastic Pipeline game is related to analyzing each part of the value chain of plastics and identifying causes of and potential solutions for plastic leakage, particularly the “downstream” uncontrolled waste that is burned or ends up in the oceans.
His past research centered on the political economy of China and the history of the CCP. His undergraduate studies were in linguistics and Mandarin and he lived in Taiwan where he worked as a translator and consultant. Mr. Patton will soon complete his MA in Asian Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.