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Lila Buckley

Senior researcher for Natural Resources at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

Lila Buckley is an anthropologist focusing on Chinese development and environment policies and civil society, as well as China-Africa aid, trade and investments. Beyond China, she also works on the dynamics of the informal economy as well as organizational change management and disruptive change readiness in Southern NGOs.

Her current research focuses on Chinese overseas aid, trade and investments and improving development outcomes for China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Prior to joining IIED, she served as assistant executive director for a Beijing-based Chinese environmental organisation, the Global Environment Institute and was China correspondent for the Worldwatch Institute.

Articles by Lila Buckley

A Chinese Farm in Africa

Can China help feed itself by helping Africa boost its agricultural output?

September 22, 2012

Taiwan: A Microcosm for Climate Change

Why hasn't Taiwan taken more of an active role in international climate change efforts?

April 18, 2009

Beijing Olympics — After the Torch Burns Out (Part II)

What will be the long-term effects of the Beijing Olympics for the city's residents?

March 26, 2008

Beijing Olympics — After the Torch Burns Out (Part I)

What do the Beijing Olympics really mean for the residents of Beijing, in particular, and China, in general?

March 25, 2008

Ecotourism in Yunnan (Part V)

Does our correspondent view ecotourism differently after her excursion through China's Yunnan province?

December 28, 2007

Ecotourism in Yunnan (Part IV)

How has our correspondent's journey through the Chinese wilderness caused her to view the country differently?

December 27, 2007

Ecotourism in Yunnan (Part III)

How does the challenge of hiking through Yunnan give rise to the process of self-discovery?

December 26, 2007

Ecotourism in Yunnan (Part II)

How do China's pristine forests counteract its image as one of the world's most polluted countries?

December 25, 2007

Ecotourism in Yunnan (Part I)

What adventures await our author as she leaves congested Beijing for the fresh air and mountains of Yunnan?

December 24, 2007

Rome-ing the Environment

Are environmental projects in China being restricted by grant stipulations in Western countries?

May 22, 2006

Cold Bones and Bike Repairs in Beijing

Can having your bicycle repaired in China's capital become a social adventure?

December 23, 2005

Green GDP — The Real Chinese Revolution?

Will China factor the environment into GDP growth calculations?

September 23, 2004