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PhD University of California, Berkeley

Assistant Professor

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Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7708
Phone: 3442 6300
Fax: 3442 0180
Email: d.vanderkamp@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Website
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Research Interests

  • Comparative political economy
  • Environmental politics
  • Market governance in China
Denise van der Kamp is an Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong. Her research explores issues in developmental politics and environmental governance, with a focus on China. In particular, she examines government strategies for implementing environmental policies in contexts where both rule of law and civil society are weak. Denise received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China.


  • Chinese Politics
  • Environmental Politics
  • Politics of Development

Recent Research Projects

  • Blunt force Regulation and Bureaucratic Control in Weak Institutional Environments
  • Can Police Patrols Prevent Pollution? The Limits of Top-Down Bureaucratic Control
  • Environmental governance and changing state-bureaucracy relations in China
  • How mid-level bureaucrats manage environmental activism in China


Journal articles

  • van der Kamp D. S. Blunt force regulation and bureaucratic control: Understanding China's war on pollution. Governance. 2020;1–19. https://doi.org/ 10.1111/gove.12485
  • 2017. Racing to the Bottom or to the Top? Decentralization and Governance Reform in China. World Development 95, 164-176 (with Peter Lorentzen and Daniel Mattingly)