Center for Polar and Oceanic Studies, Tongji University
Center for Polar and Oceanic Studies (hereafter, CPOS, with Polar Research Center as its initial name when established), Tongji University, established in 2009, is the first such academic institution in China’s colleges and universities with the comprehensive studies on the Arctic and Antarctic politics, law, security, society, environment, economy, and China’s polar strategy and polar policy.
CPOS is to best achieve the target of accumulating polar research resources, building research team, and promoting academic exchanges and cooperation with polar research institutions at home and abroad. The center is to develop itself by way of getting support from Tongji School of Political Science and International Relations, as well as support from other Tongji schools and colleges, including UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development, School of Ocean and Earth Science, Chinese-German School, Chinese-French School, Chinese-Italian School, Chinese-Finnish Center, Chinese-Spanish School, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Civil Engineering, Law School, School of Economics and Management, College of Foreign Languages. CPOS also targets on the interdisciplinary studies based on the combination of humanities and social sciences with engineering and sciences by taking Tongji’s advantages in the oceanic and environmental sciences. CPOS is dedicated to five issue area studies: 1) Polar International Organization Studies; 2) Polar Political and Security Studies; 3) Polar Policy Studies; 4) Polar Environmental, Resources and Social Studies; and 5) Polar and Oceanic Management Institution Studies.
Faculty There are 8 full-time and over 20 part-time research fellows affiliated with CPOS, and their areas of specialization range from international studies, political science, history, law, sociology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, environmental science, ocean and earth science, architecture to engineering. China’s ambassador to Iceland Su Ge is the adviser to the center. Most of the full-time research fellows, of whom three are professors (researchers), are affiliated with Tongji School of Political Science and International Relations and the above-mentioned Tongji colleges and schools, and over 95 percent of them are fellows with the PHD. The full-time fellows possess their individual language expertise at English, Russian, Finnish, German, French, or Japanese, which is a convenience for the center to conduct international academic exchanges and to carry out the translation of the polar policy documents of different countries into Chinese. CPOS part-time research fellows are either Chinese scholars from China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China Social Science Academy, China National Defense University, Fudan University, Ocean University of China, Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration under China State Oceanic Administration, China Polar Research Center, Shanghai Institute of International Studies, Tongji College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji Law School, or international scholars from the United States, France, Germany, Canada, Belgium, Finland, Norway, and New Zealand.
Projects, Publications and Student Training Since CPOS was established in 2009, the faculty members have had four research projects completed/in operation, including the Study of China’s Security Environment in the Context of the Arctic Environmental Changes (2011-2015) funded by China State Oceanic Administration, the Impact of the Arctic Environmental Changes on China’s National Security (2010) jointly funded by Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration under China State Oceanic Administration and China Polar Research Center, Antarctic in International Politics: the Study of Great Powers’ Antarctic Policies (2009) funded by National Social Science Foundation of China, and China’s National Interest in the Context of the Arctic Environmental Changes (2010) funded by China Ministry of Education’s Social Science Foundation. The fellows have published thirteen polar research papers on academic journals at home and abroad, of which eight papers are published on CSSCI journals, five papers are published in English, two papers and four papers are awarded with the second and third prize respectively in the Polar Research Paper Program of China State Oceanic Administration. There is one published polar research book and one published book translated into Chinese, respectively. Besides, there have been six CPOS master degree graduates and one CPOS doctoral degree graduate.
International Exchanges Cooperation and Scientific Investigation CPOS faculty members are active in participating in the polar seminars/symposiums hold at home and abroad, where they have chances to read their papers. CPOS has also hosted several international polar research seminars/symposiums. CPOS faculty members and students have conducted thirteen-person/time scientific investigations in the Antarctic and Arctic.
Structure: Advisory Board, Academic Committee, Faculty
Chairman of Advisory Board: Zhou Zuyi
Director of Academic Committee:
Xia Liping, Director
Wang Chuanxing, Deputy Director
Pan Min, Deputy Director
Wang Feng, Deputy Director
Periodical: Bulletin of International Studies on the Polar Regions (Quarterly, electronic)