Liu Jianqiang is Deputy Editor of www.chinadialogue.net, a website that provides analysis and discussion on environmental issues, with a special focus on China. He is also a research associate at the Peking University Center for Nature and Society and a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley.
Liu was a senior investigative reporter with Southern Weekend, China’s most influential investigative newspaper. He provided front-line and in-depth coverage of the burgeoning Chinese environmental movement. Some of Liu’s most influential articles included his September 2004 exposé on the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge Dams in southern Yunnan Province. After reading Liu’s story, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao ordered the project suspended pending a central government investigation. Liu’s December 2004 piece on genetically modified rice also ignited a central government crackdown on the illegally produced foodstuffs, while his March 2005 article on the Summer Palace Lake reconstruction resulted in the country’s first state-level public environmental hearing held by the State Environmental Protection Administration.
Liu was featured in the front page of Wall Street Journal on December 21, 2006 about the rise of Chinese investigative journalism. He was also featured in China Ink, the Changing Face of Chinese Journalism, a book published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Maryland: 2008
In 2009, his story on the Tiger Leaping Gorge won the TNC-SEE Award for Environmental Reporting. Liu’s story on China’s environmental movement won the SOPA 2008 Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment from the Society of Publishers in Asia. Liu was a 2005 nominee for the State Environmental Protection Administration’s “China Environmental Protection Person of the Year” award.
Liu co-founded China Environmental Press Awards with chinadialogue and The Guardian. The awards is the best journalism awards in China.
Liu published Heavenly Beads—a Tibetan Journey in Hong Kong and Mainland China in 2009. The book was praised as the best nonfiction on Tibet in China, which reflecting the reality of Tibet by a few Tibetan’s biographies.
Liu holds a M.A. in Journalism from Tsinghua University and a B.A. in Political Science from East China University of Science and Technology. He currently lives in Beijing with his wife and two children.