Dr. Shaozeng Zhang is a Special Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at CSU. Dr. Zhang is originally from P. R. China. He received his B.A. degree in sociology and M.A. degree in anthropology from Peking (Beijing) University, China in 2004 and 2007 respectively, and his Ph.D. degree in anthropology from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. He also worked as a Junior Visiting Scholar in the University of Brasilia, Brazil from 2010 to 2011.
As a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Zhang has been consistently researching environmental issues in global contexts, primarily focusing on grassland desertification in northwestern China and tropical deforestation in Brazil. His recent work was specifically focused on the policy evolution of an environmental financial mechanism REDD+ (Reduction of carbon emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) in Brazil in the context of the ongoing global climate changes and the emerging global carbon markets. In his research career so far, he has developed collaboration with academic and environmental institutions in the U.S., Brazil, Indonesia and China. Dr. Zhang has published his research in multiple languages and in journals such as “Ecology and Society”.