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Wenran Jiang, Ph.D., MA, BA

Associate Professor


Political Science

About Me

Named by the Alberta Venture magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Alberta for 2014.

I have been on administrative, full time or partial leave from my tenure in the Department of Political since 2005. I am currently the Director of Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum and its annual conference since 2004, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC, and Special Advisor on China to the US and Canada based Energy Council. 

I was seconded to Alberta Department of Energy as the Special Advisor on Asian market diversification from 2012 to 2014. I was the Founding Director (2005-08) and the specifically created Mactaggart Research Chair (2008-11) of the University’s China Institute.

In recent years, I have advised government agencies, private companies in energy, mining, forestry and agricultural sectors on Asian market access and how to engage China. I am a frequent contributor and op-ed writer to major news media, such as CBC The Current, CBC Power & Politics, CTV Power Play, CBC Newsworld, BNN, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, etc. I am currently completing a book on why Canada needs to diversify its energy market to Asia. 


Policy Focused Research:

I am the recipient of two major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), including the currently running Insight Grants of $430,000 for 2015-19 on Canada-China relations.

Traveling to China very frequently, and other parts of the world with field research, I have written extensively on the rise of China and its impact on the Chinese political economy and the rest of the world, with a major focus on the shifting balance of power in the global economy, international finance and energy and resource sectors.

I have followed China’s overseas investment in energy and rescue sectors in recent years. My research resulted in contributions ranging from publications in the China Quarterly and the International Journal to influential think tank journals such as the China Brief to policy papers in the Asia Pacific Foundation and Canadian International Council. 

Recent media interviews & op-eds:

Invited to contribute an analysis on Trump's China/Taiwan policy in The YaleGlobal

Op-ed on US president-elect Trump's call with president Tsai in Tawan in The Globe and Mail

30 minute interview with China's CCTV Dialogue program on Chinese politics

Interview with CBC Power & Politics on long term Canada-China relations

Interview with CBC the Newswold on Canada-China extradition treaty prospects

Op-ed on human rights and Canada-China relations in the Toronto Star, also being published by the Waterloo Chronicle and Kitckener Post

Interview with CTV Power Play with Don Martin on Canada-China free trade agreement

Interview with BNN (Buesines Network News) on Canada-China economic relations

Op-ed on Canada-China free trade agreement in the Globe & Mail

30 minute interview with China's CCTV Dialogue program on the results of the G20 Summit

Interview with CBC Radio The Current on Primer Minister Justin Trudeau's China Visit

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2016-17 Winter Term, POL S 359 Lec B1


Overview & Objectives:

The course critically studies the political economy and geopolitics of energy. It looks at why energy security has become a focal point of world politics in recent years, with the United States, China and all the major world powers seeking a stable supply to sustain their economic growth; what has caused the global energy prices to be so volatile; and how global warming has challenged the ways of fossil energy extraction and usage.  

The class will treat such topics mainly through lectures, with some formats to facilitate some discussions and debates among students. The first part of the course focuses on the broader picture of the political economy of global energy security. The second part of the course studies key players involved, especially the United States, China and Russia. The third part of the course deals with Canada’s energy security policy and the related debates on diversification of energy market to Asia. 

Course prerequisites:

One of POL S 261 (or 260) or consent of department. Students without the course prerequisite should speak with the instructor before registering. At the request of an instructor, the Department may cancel your registration if you do not have the required course prerequisites. Policy about course outlines, grading and related matters can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.


Required reading: Daniel Yergin, The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, Penguin Press, 2011 – Available at the U of A Bookstore. Other required readings, references and learning materials are in the weekly reading list, and will be introduced throughout the term if necessary.

Recommended reading: Daniel Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, Free Press 2009 (1991) - Available at the U of A Bookstore. This book should be read as much as possible during the term. Other recommended references and learning materials, if necessary, will be introduced to students throughout the term.

Requirements and evaluation:

10% - Attendance - This is an intensive course with all the sessions closely linked so attendance of every class is required.

30% - Midterm Exam on February 16, 2017

30% - Term Paper – around 2,500 words on one of the following topics, due on March 30, 2017 in class. 

- A case study focusing on a major country, an organization or a regime related to the political economy of global energy security.

- An analytical paper focusing on a major theme of the course, such as energy security, resource conflicts, foreign policy objectives for energy supply, etc. 

- A comprehensive study of Canada’s energy security policy.

30% - Final Exam, scheduled on April 26 (tentatively). If a deferred exam is required, details shall be worked out between the instructor and the student according to Section 23.5.6 of the University Calendar.