University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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Prof. May Tan-Mullins

Professor in International Relations , International Studies,
Dean of Graduate School , Director of IAPS and IDIC

Qualifications

PhD Geography
National University of Singapore
MA Social Science
National University of Singapore / Upgraded to PhD
BA (Honors)
National University of Singapore / Indonesian Language, South East Asian Studies
BA (Merit)
National University of Singapore / English Language, South East Asian Studies

Contact

May 2017

Biography

Professor May Tan-Mullins is the Dean of Graduate School, Professor in International Relations and Director of Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies. She is also the series editor of Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. May joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full professor in 2015. She was also the Head of School of International Studies and a recipient of the esteemed Lord Dearing Excellent Teaching Award (2014) and Vice Chancellor Medal (2017).

Her research interests are political ecology of rising China, environmental and energy justice, poverty alleviation and building resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable.  Based on her expertise in various international development and human security issues, she is a consultant for the UNDP, National Bureau of Asian Research (US), the Revenue Watch Institute (US) and the Chinese government.   Professor May Tan-Mullins was also awarded the prestigious global Rockefeller Bellagio writing residency in Bellagio Centre, Lake Como in Italy.  Some of her most current research projects are together with colleagues from King’s College London UK, TU-Delft, Freiburg University Germany and University of Toulouse I Capitole where they were awarded over a million Euros by European and Chinese funders to look at a comparative study between ‘Smart Eco-cities in Europe and China’ (2015-2018). Another project is with the University of Nottingham UK and University of Philippines on ‘Poverty Alleviation in Post Typhoon Yolanda’, awarded by ESRC-DFID (2015-2018).

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

• International Political Economy • Food Security
• China in International Relations
• China and Africa
• Global Environmental Governance
• International Organisations

Postgraduate

• International Political Economy
• China in International Relations
• China and Africa
• International Organisations
• Global Environmental Governance
• PhD Supervision in topics broadly related to: China and Africa, Environmental Studies, Human Security, Global Governance

 

Publications

Books

Mohan, G., Lampert, B., Tan-Mullins, M. and Chang, D. (2014) Chinese migrants in Africa: The next imperialists or new agents of development? United Kingdom: Zed Books.

Power, M., Mohan, G. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2012) Powering development: China’s energy diplomacy and Africa’s future. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Savage, V. and Tan-Mullins, M. (eds.) (2005) The naga challenged: Southeast Asia in the winds of change. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press by Marshall Cavendish.

 

Journals

Tan-Mullins, M., Urban, F. and Mang, G. (2017) Evaluating the Behaviour of Chinese Stakeholders Engaged in Large Hydropower Projects in Asia and Africa. China Quarterly, Vol 230, 464-488.

Sovacool, B., Tan-Mullins, M., Ockwell, D. and Newell, P. (2017) Political Economy, poverty, and polycentrism in the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for Climate Change Adaptation. Third World Quarterly,  Vol 38 (6), 1249-1271.

Olorumfemi, F., Tan-Mullins, M., Giles, M., Sicilano, G. and Urban, F. (2017) Hope, Politics and Risk: The case of Chinese dam in Nigeria. Energy and Environment Research Vol 7 (2): 1-13.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2016) China and Africa, Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199920082-0137.

Siciliano, G.; Urban, F.; Tan-Mullins, M.; Pichdara, L.; Kim, S. (2016) The Political Ecology of Chinese Large Dams in Cambodia: Implications, Challenges and Lessons Learnt from the Kamchay Dam. Water, 8, 405.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2015) ‘Policy meets practice: Chinese environmental protection in Africa in the wake of FOCAC VI’, The China Monitor: 50-59.

Urban, F., Siciliano, G., Sour, K., Lonn, P.D., Tan-Mullins, M., and Mang, G. (2015) ‘South-South technology transfer of low carbon innovation: Chinese large hydropower dams in Cambodia’, Sustainable Development, 23 (7-8): 232-244.

Gatev, I. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2015) ‘China’s energy security strategy and its geopolitical and environmental impact’, [Special issue] International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research, 1(2): V-X.

Gatev, I. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2015) Guest Editorial for ‘China’s energy security strategy and its geopolitical and environmental impact’, [Special issue] International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research, 1(2): 1- 3.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2015) ‘The environmental implications of Chinese involvement in Africa’s energy sector’, [Special issue] International Journal of Energy Security and Environmental Research, 1(2): 43-58.

Tan-Mullins, M. and Hofman, P. (2014) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Norms and Chinese Forms’, Special issue in Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(4): 1-16.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2014) ‘CSR mechanisms in the extractive industries of China’, [Special issue] Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(4): 19-39.

Tan-Mullins, M. and Hofman, P. (2014) ‘The shaping of Chinese corporate social responsibility’, [Special issue] Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 43(4): 3-18.

Tan-Mullins, M. and Mohan, G. (2013) ‘The potential of corporate environmental responsibility of Chinese state-owned enterprises in Africa’, [Special issue] Environment, Development and Sustainability, 15(20): 265-284.

Tan-Mullins, M. and Chen-Guang, Li. (2012) ‘Effectiveness of international aid in the Chinese context: Case study of World Bank’s Cixi Wetlands Project in Zhejiang province’, China Quarterly, 212: 1000-1018.

Tan-Mullins, M., Mohan, G. and Power, M. (2010) ‘Refining ‘aid’ in the China-Africa context’, Development and Change, 41(5): 857-881.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2009) 'Armed conflict and resolutions in southern Thailand', Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(5): 922-931.

Mohan, G. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2009) ‘Chinese migrants in Africa as new agents of change? An analytical framework’, European Journal of Development Research, 21: 588–605.

Rigg, J., Law, L., Grundy-Warr, C. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2008) ‘Beyond the political economy of natural disaster: Thailand and the 2004 tsunami’, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 49(2): 137-154.

Schofield, C. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2008) ‘Claims, conflicts and cooperation in the gulf of Thailand’, Ocean Yearbook, 22: 75-116.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2007) ‘Thai state and its agencies in coastal resources management: Political ecology of fisheries management in southern Thailand’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28: 348-361.

Tan-Mullins, M., Rigg, J., Law, L. and Grundy-Warr, C. (2007) ‘Re-mapping the politics of aid: The changing networks and structures of humanitarian assistance in post-tsunami Thailand’, Progress in Development Studies, 7(4): 327-44.

Hawkes, A., Bird, M., Cowie, S., Grundy-Warr, C., Horton, B., Tan Shau Hwai, A., Law, L., Lee, W. A., Macgregor, C., Nott, J., Eong Ong, J., Rigg, J., Robinson, R., Tan-Mullins, M., Tiong Sa, T. and Yasin, Z. (2007) ‘Sediment deposited by the Indian Ocean tsunami along the west coast of the Malay-Thai Peninsula’, Marine Geology, 242(1-3): 169 -190.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2006) ‘Voices from Pattani: Fears, suspicion, and confusion’, Critical Asian Studies, 38(1): 145-150.

Rigg, J., Law, L., Tan-Mullins, M. and Grundy-Warr, C. (2005) ‘The Indian Ocean tsunami: Socio-economic impacts in Thailand’, The Geographical Journal, 171(4): 6-11.

Buranakul, S., Grundy-Warr, C., Horton, B., Law, L., Rigg, J. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2005) ‘The Asian tsunami, academics and academic research’, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 26(2): 244-248.

Mullins, T. M. (2004) ‘The political ecology of Indonesia: A case study of a fishing village in Sumatra’, Local Environment, 9(2): 163–175.

 

Book chapters

Tan-Mullins, M (2017), ‘Implications of Non-OECD Aid in Southeast Asia, n McGregor, A., Law, L. and Miller. F (eds), Routledge Handbook in Southeast Asian Development, United Kingdom, Taylor and Francis, 142- 152.

Mohan, G and Tan-Mullins, M. (2016) ‘Chinese migrants in Africa as new agents of Development? An analytical framework, in Henson, S and Yap, F. (eds) The power of the Chinese dragon: Implications for African development and economic growth. Palgrave readers in Economics. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 174-198.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2016) ‘Chinese perception of soft power: the role of media in shaping Chinese views and discourses on foreign aid to Africa’, in Zhang, XL., Wasserman, H. and Mano, W. (eds.) China’s media and soft power in Africa: promotions and perceptions. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 107-120.

Tan-Mullins, M. and Mohan, G. (2012) ‘China’s relations with Africa’, in Kavalski, E. (ed.) Ashgate research companion on Chinese foreign policy. United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing, 275-286.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2012) ‘Armed conflict and resolutions in southern Thailand’, in Kobayashi, A. (ed.) Geographies of armed conflicts and peace. United Kingdom: Routledge, 105-114.

Rigg, J., Law, L., Tan-Mullins, M., Grundy-Warr, C. and Horton, B. (2012) ‘In the wake of the tsunami: researching across disciplines and developmental spaces in southern Thailand’, in Kearnes, M., Kaulser, F. and Lane, S. (eds.) Critical risk research: practices, politics and ethics. United Kingdom: John Wiley and Sons, 173-196.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2011) ‘The Implications of seabed energy resource development: The gulf of Thailand case’, in Schofield, C. (ed.) Maritime energy resources in Asia: energy and geopolitics. Washington: National Bureau of Asian Research, 85 -108.

Tan-Mullins, M., Rigg, J. and Grundy-Warr, C. (2008) ‘Responses and resilience of fisher folks on the tsunami event in southern Thailand‘, in Doyle, T. and Risely, M. (eds.) Crucible for survival: environmental security and justice in the Indian Ocean region. London: Rutgers University Press, 116 -132.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2006) ‘Voices from Pattani: Fears, suspicion, and confusion’, in McCargo. D. (ed.) Rethinking southern Thailand violence. Singapore: Singapore University Press, 137-144.

Tan-Mullins, M. (2005) ‘Politics and ecology of southeast Asia, through the lens of coastal communities in Indonesia and Thailand’, in Savage, V. and Tan-Mullins, M. (eds.) The naga challenged: Southeast Asia in the winds of change. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press by Marshall Cavendish, 417- 44.

Savage, V. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2005) ‘State identities and regional personifications in a globalised world’, in Savage, V. and Tan-Mullins, M. (eds.) The naga challenged: Southeast Asia in the winds of change. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press by Marshall Cavendish, 1- 38.

Savage, V and Tan-Mullins, M. (2005) ‘Reflections through naga eyes’, in Savage, V. and Tan-Mullins, M. (eds.) The naga challenged: Southeast Asia in the winds of change. Singapore: Eastern Universities Press by Marshall Cavendish, 449-458.

 

Working/Summary papers

Atienza, M., Eadie, P. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2017) 'Building Back Better in the Aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda: Shelter and Resilience', in working paper series for research project Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda. Available at: http://www.projectyolanda.org/documents/working-paper-iii.pdf

Atienza, M., Eadie, P. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2016) 'Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda Fieldwork: Working Paper II', in working paper series for research project Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda. Available at: http://www.projectyolanda.org/documents/working-paper-ii.pdf

Atienza, M., Eadie, P. and Tan-Mullins, M. (2016) 'Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda Workshop Findings: Working Paper I', in working paper series for research project Poverty Alleviation in the Wake of Typhoon Yolanda. Available at: http://www.projectyolanda.org/documents/working-paper-i.pdf

Tan-Mullins, M. (2012) ‘China: Gradual change’, in working paper series for Revenue Watch Institute - Emerging economies: Transparency and accountability in the extractive industries.Available at: http://www.revenuewatch.org/publications/transparency-and-accountability-initiative-and-revenue-watch

Tan-Mullins, M. (2011) ‘Value of multi-stakeholder dialogues for better environmental governance in China’, in EU-China civil society dialogue on industrial pollution and environmental health. Available at: www.eu-china.net

Tan-Mullins, M. (2011) ‘The emerging powers and the changing landscape of foreign aid and development cooperation: Public perceptions of development cooperation’, inChina summary paper. Available at: http://www.geog.cam.ac.uk/research/projects/foreignaidperceptions/|

Tan-Mullins, M. (2010) ‘Global shocks and local resilience: Asian fisherfolks’ adaptation strategies to external crises’, in working paper for the United Nation Research Institute for Social Development. Available at: http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BD6AB/search/BDF1172396BDEC70C12576A20055163E?OpenDocument&cntxt=5FFCD&cookielang=es#top