Dr Simona A. Grano
Simona A. Grano is Senior Lecturer at the University of Zurich and Director of the Taiwan Studies Project at UZH (https://www.aoi.uzh.ch/de/sinologie/forschung/taiwan-studies-project.html). She completed her Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. She has held research positions and taught China Studies and Taiwan Studies at her alma mater, at the university of Zurich in Switzerland and at National Cheng'chi University in Taiwan. She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong and is a research fellow of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), in Tübingen, Germany.
Simona's regional expertise centers on the People's Republic of China as well as on Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her postdoc research was carried out in 2011 - 2012 with a research stay at Cheng'chi University and HKU. Said research stay was made possible by two scholarships; one by the Swiss National Foundation (SNSF), and one by the Center for Chinese Studies of Taiwan's National Library.
Simona is the author of Environmental Governance in Taiwan: a new generation of activists and stakeholders, which has been published in 2015 by Routledge (see). In it, she analyses environmental governance mechanisms and actors in Taiwan through a multi-disciplinary research approach. Based on extensive and original research, the book includes four different case studies (among these the anti-nuclear protests generated by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Taiwan), which have all taken place since 2011.
Since 2020, she is part of the editorial board of the Italian journal Orizzonte Cina, published by well known think tank T.Wai (Torino World Affairs Institute). She regularly contributes to Swiss and global media through articles, commentaries and interviews.
At the University of Zürich Simona teaches several courses related to China's political landscape and society as well as on Taiwan's social and political transformations in the past 30 years (BA level); furthermore, Simona has taught courses at the MA level on various topics, making extensive use of Chinese language materials.