Denise van der Kamp


2017-2018 CSCC Postdoctoral Fellow

Denise van der Kamp received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Her research focuses on comparative political economy, with an emphasis on environmental politics, regulation, and market governance in China. Denise’s dissertation examines an emerging, ‘blunt force’ approach to environmental regulation in China. She analyses why local leaders have resorted to forcibly closing down entire industries to address local pollution problems. To explore this phenomenon, Denise conducted two years of fieldwork in of China. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, among others. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. at Berkeley, Denise worked with the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan from 2010-2011 and with environmental NGOs in Beijing from 2007-2009. She also received her M.A. in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, and her B.A. from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Denise was born and raised in Hong Kong.