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Ronghui (Kevin) Zhou


I am a fourth-year Ph.D. researcher within the Center for Education Studies at the University of Warwick. I came from Qingdao, China. I have spent most of my school life in the United States and recently moved to the U.K.


B.A. in East Asian Studies (Dickinson College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A)

MSc. in Environmental Policy (Bard College Centre for Environmental Policy, New York, U.S.A)

M.A. (with Distinction) in Educational Leadership and Management (University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K.)

Ph.D. in Education (University of Warwick, Coventry, U.K.)

My Supervisor: Dr. Nick Lee and Dr. Michael Wyness.

My Research

My doctoral research is jointly funded by the University of Warwick and the China Scholarship Council (CSC). My research topic is Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China, particularly within the context of primary education. Researches in recent years have shown the rising interest in ESD and its implementations in different empirical contexts. However, only a limited number of studies have focused on China, especially in primary education. As the world’s second-largest economy and a country containing nearly a fifth of the world’s population, China has the potentials to make bigger impacts on the entire world’s sustainable future. Therefore, my study aims to explore the ESD implementation in primary education in China.

My research intends to focus on local education stakeholders and how they perceive and interact with each other to implement ESD in primary schools in China.


R, Zhou. (2020). "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China's Local Primary Schools- A Pilot Study." European Journal of Sustainable Development, 9(4), pp.118-124.

Zhou, Ronghui (Kevin). (2017) "An Analysis of China’s Regional Emissions Trading System: Challenges and Lessons". Bard Center for Environmental Policy. Available at

Conference (*Denote Presenter)

Ronghui (Kevin) Zhou, Nur Fadhlina Zainal Abedin*, and Sheela Paramasivam (November 2021). “SDGs Knowledge and Sustainability Behaviour: A Study of United Kingdom and Malaysian Tertiary Students,” The International Conference on University Learning and Teaching, Malaysia (online).

Ronghui (Kevin), Zhou* (June, 2021). “Power Dynamics and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy in Primary Schools- A Case Study in China,” The 23rd Warwick International Conference in Applied Linguistics (WICAL), Coventry (online).

Ronghui (Kevin), Zhou* (June, 2021). “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Two Primary Schools in China,” The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP Annual Conference, Birmingham (online).

Ronghui (Kevin), Zhou* (April, 2021). “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China – A Case Study,” The 8th Annual Education Studies Post-Graduate Research Conference, Coventry (online).

Ronghui (Kevin), Zhou* (September, 2020). “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China's Local Primary Schools- A Pilot Study,” The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development 2020, (Rome) online.

Ronghui (Kevin), Zhou* (August, 2019). “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in China,” The International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ICEDU), London.


Ronghui (Kevin) Zhou

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