Jennifer Turner has been the director of the China Environment Forum at the Woodrow Wilson Center for 13 years. She has created meetings, exchanges and publications focusing on a variety of energy and environmental challenges facing China, particularly on water, energy and climate challenges, as well as environmental nongovernmental organizations, environmental journalism, and environmental governance in China. Her current projects are:

Choke Point: China—a multimedia and convening initiative uncovering how energy is impacting water in China (;

Cooperative Competitors—research and exchanges on U.S.-China energy and climate cooperation; and,

Complex Connections—meetings and research examining environmental impact of Chinese investment overseas.

Jennifer also serves as editor of the Wilson Center’s journal, the China Environment Series, which is mailed to over 4,000 environmental practitioners around the world who work on China’s energy and environmental issues.

She received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Comparative Politics in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington. In her dissertation, she examined local government innovation in implementing water policies in the China. Her current research focuses heavily on water and environmental activism in China.

Ph.D., Public Policy and Comparative Politics, Joint Program in School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Department of Political Science, Indiana University; B.A., Germanic Language and Literature, University of Illinois; Chinese Language Certificate, Chinese Language Center, Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan

Outstanding Faculty Award, by Psi Kappa Psi, Winthrop University, April 1999; Outstanding Instructor Award, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, February 1997; Indiana University International Programs Exchange Fellowship, for research at Hangzhou University, China; MacArthur Travel Grant, by the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, dissertation research in China 1994-1995; Foreign Language Area Scholarship, by East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University, 1992; MacArthur Travel Grant, by the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, research at the East-West Center, Hawaii, 1993

Major Publications

  • "China's Growing Ecological Footprint," coauthored with Linden Ellis, (The China Monitor, March 2007)
  • China's Filthiest Export," coauthored with Juli Kim, (Foreign Policy in Focus, February 2007)
  • Reaching across the Water: International Cooperation Promoting Sustainable River Basin Governance in China, coauthored with Kenji Otsuka (Woodrow Wilson Center, May 2006) (trilingual report)
  • "Building a Green Civil Society in China," coauthored with Lü Zhi, State of the World 2006 (WorldWatch Institute, 2006)
  • "Greening the Dragon: The Environmental Costs of China’s Economic Growth," The Ripon Forum, November/December 2005
  • "Small Government, Big (Green?) Society: Emerging Partnerships to Solve China's Environmental Problems," Harvard Asian Quarterly, 2004
  • "Beyond the Bureaucracy: Changing China's Policymaking Environment," (coauthored with Eric Zusman) in China's Environmental Challenges,(editor, Kris Day) (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming)
  • "Cultivating Environmental NGO-Business Partnerships in China," China Business Review, November 2003
  • Crouching Suspicion, Hidden Potential: U.S. Environmental and Energy Cooperation with China, co-author, ECSP China Environment Forum (Wilson Center, 2002)
  • Authority Flowing Downward? Local Government Entrepreneurship in the Chinese Water Sector, Ph.D. Dissertation, Indiana University, 1997
  • "Trickle Down? Administrative and Financial Decentralization in the Water Sector in the PRC" in Groundwater Law: The Growing Debate, ed. Marcus Moench, Gujart, India: VIKSAT-Pacific Institute Collaborative Groundwater Project, 1995. (co-authored with James Nickum).