SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Mr Linlan Huang

LLB (Hons), MSc (Edin), LLM (Edin), PhD Candidate (SOAS)
  • Research
  • Publications


Linlan Huang
Mr Linlan Huang
Email address:
Thesis title:
The Sino-Japanese Cooperation on Clean Coal Technologies in the Post-ODA Period: A Local Policy-Making Interplay
Internal Supervisors


Linlan Huang has been working as a doctoral researcher at CeDEP of SOAS, University of London since 2016. As Linlan received intensive training in different subjects, such as law, East Asian relations, political economy, climate change and development, he is keen on using an interdisciplinary approach to examine climate/energy cooperation between China and other East Asian countries.

Before joining SOAS, Linlan earned his MSc and LLM degrees from the University of Edinburgh, where he was supervised by the head of Asian Studies Department, Prof. Urs Mattias Zachmann, taught by the senior scholar of international law, Prof. Alan Boyle.

In 2013, Linlan was one of six Chinese visiting scholars, who were selected and sponsored to attend the legal training programme hosted by Universiteit Urtrecht and Netherlands Institute of Human Rights, where he received the reference from the director, Prof Tom Zwart. He also took the appointment from the Chinese Official Delegation visiting the UK to serve as a legal translator.

Linlan’s current research project involves Sino-Japanese Cooperation on Clean Coal Technologies (CCTs), which does not only show economic and environmental values to the two neighbours, but also releases positive signals to the regional stability and global climate governance.

PhD Research

Not many scholarly works could correctly assess Sino-Japanese partnership for low carbon transition without preconceptions. Indeed, China and Japan are usually thought as rivals in Geo-politics. In the meantime, however, they are also close neighbours, trade partners and victims of climate change, facing the similar challenges which could be not simply solved by war or conflicts. Instead, there are international paradigms of technology transfer and cooperation to facilitate the climate partnership between the two neighbours.

The doctoral project conducts the case study on Clean Coal Technologies (CCTs) as a vivid example to show how low carbon collaboration is possible between China and Japan in the recent decade. It answers two overarching questions: 1. How do Chinese/Japanese enterprises, business associations, NGOs and Chinese local authorities interact with each other to pursue Sino-Japanese CCTs Cooperation? 2. What are social, political and economic opportunities and barriers for Sino-Japanese CCTs cooperation?

Different stakeholders of Chinese low carbon transition, i.e. local governments, NGOs, Chinese enterprises and their Japanese partners, will join the project and offer the access to the primary data. They may also benefit from the research finding, by understanding how they could embrace recent opportunities for green innovation and promote Sino-Japanese CCTs Cooperation further. So to speak, the research does not only help to build East Asian prosperity, but also contributes to global climate governance in the context of the Paris Agreement.


Huang, L. 2015. Weakening or Facilitating: Mediation Mechanism and the Promotion of the Rule of Law in China. in Tan, S. ed(s). Legal Thinking: The Collection of Award-Wining Essays in the First Legal Essay Contest of Law Students in Zhejiang Province. Xiamen: Xiamen University Press, pp.297-306. (ISBN: 9787561554777)


Graduate Member of London International Development Centre


  • Chinese Political Economy
  • East Asian Relations
  • Low Carbon Development
  • East Asian Climate Cooperation
  • Energy Policies in East Asia
  • International/Chinese Environmental Law


The source of publications is currently unavailable or does not comply with formatting requirements.