Jia-Ching Chen Named 2013 Switzer Environmental Fellow
Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation
5 August 2013
Ph: Jia-Ching Chen
Jia-Ching Chen, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of City & Regional Planning at UC Berkeley, has been selected as a Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation for his work on China's role in the global green economy, and its impact on global food and energy resources.
He is one of this year's 22 graduate student Fellows honored for their achievements as emerging environmental leaders, and was selected out of over 300 applicants evaluated on their commitment to environmental problem-solving, their leadership capacity and their potential for creating positive environmental change in their careers. Jia-Ching was awarded $15,000 for graduate study and for further developing his ability to address critical environmental challenges, and he will use his expertise in industrial ecology, environmental justice and land use planning to contribute to international climate change and sustainability policies. Jia-Ching's research examines the negative impact of rapid construction of the Chinese solar industry, national industrial policy and land use planning practices on rural society and environments in China.
Jia-Ching has worked as a researcher, educator and planner at the Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions and the National Taiwan University Building & Planning Foundation. He serves on the board of the DataCenter and its Research Justice Network and has been recognized with the Mario Savio Award for his work as a grassroots activist in several U.S. nonprofit organizations.