Climate change, East Asia topics of OWU discussion


Why do local governments become actively engaged in the issue of global climate change? How do global factors influence local governments’ choices, policies, and interactions?

Taedong Lee, Ph.D., director of the Environment, Energy, and Human Resource Development Center at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, will discuss these issues when speaks March 28 at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lee will present “Translocal Relations and Climate Change in East Asia” at 7 p.m. in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

“In this talk, I discuss translocal relations of cities that have made an international effort to collectively tackle climate change,” said Lee, who also serves as an associate professor in Yonsei University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations.

“Using the framework of translocal relations,” he said, “I argue that the level of global city-ness and local political attributes are primary driving factors for local governments’ engagement in global climate governance in Asia as well as around the world.”

Lee’s research includes global and sub-national environmental politics and policy, nonprofit politics, international political economy, and social network analysis. Prior to joining Yonsei University, Lee worked as an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2013.

His most recent book is “Global Cities and Climate Change: Translocal Relations of Environmental Governance.” His articles have appeared in top-tier journals including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Review of Policy Research, Global Environmental Politics, Policy Sciences, Policy Studies Journal, Energy Policy, and others.

Lee received his bachelor’s degree in political science at Yonsei University, his master’s degree in environmental studies and urban planning at Seoul National University, and his doctoral degree in political science from University of Washington, Seattle.

His visit is co-sponsored by OWU’s East Asia Studies Program, Department of Politics and Government, and Office of the Provost. Learn more at

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