Dr. Anran Luo
Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Environmental Politics
for Environmental Research − UFZ
04318 Leipzig, Germany
Research Expertise & Interests
Anran’s research connects diverse fields of knowledge and enhances inter-and-transdisciplinary research for sustainability transformations. She has researched circular economy, waste policy as well as environmental and trade cooperation at the interface of national, supranational and international scales. Using qualitative approaches with a focus on interpretative narrative analysis, she is interested in investigating the underlying emotions, values, and beliefs that drive (in)action towards socially just and environmentally sustainable futures.
Post-Doc Researcher, Dept. Environmental Politics, UFZ Leipzig
11/2021 − 04/2022
04/2017 − 10/2021
PhD Researcher in Circulus Project, Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy, University of Freiburg
03/2015 − 05/2015
Research Assistant, WIFO Project, Institute of Ecological Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business
04/2017 – 05/2022
Doctor of Philosophy on “Cooperating on new sustainable visions with old global politics? An interpretive analysis of China-EU circular economy discourse” at the Faculty of Natural Resource and Environment, University of Freiburg
10/2014 – 11/2016
Master of Science in Socio-Ecological-Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business
09/2005 – 01/2011
Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada with Co-operative Education Semesters abroad in Monterrey, Mexico and Hong Kong
Luo, A., Rodríguez, F., & Leipold, S. (2023). Explanations of the political gridlock behind international circular economy: Waste Ban narratives in the China-EU cooperation. Ambio, 52(1), 126-139.
Luo, A. (2022). Cooperating on new sustainable visions with old global politics? An interpretive analysis of China-EU circular economy discourse. (Doctoral dissertation, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau.)
Luo, A., & Leipold, S. (2022). Chinese lessons on upscaling environmental policy concepts? A review of policy-oriented circular economy research. Journal of Cleaner Production, 333, 130047.
Leipold, S., Petit‐Boix, A., Luo, A., Helander, H., Simoens, M., Ashton, W. S., ... & Xue, B. (2022). Lessons, narratives, and research directions for a sustainable circular economy. Journal of Industrial Ecology.
Luo, A. (2022). Who has discursive agency to change global environmental narratives?: Insights from the China–EU cooperation discourse on circular economy. In The Impossibilities of the Circular Economy (pp. 121-132). Routledge.
Luo, A., Zuberi, M., Liu, J., Perrone, M., Schnepf, S., & Leipold, S. (2021). Why common interests and collective action are not enough for environmental cooperation–Lessons from the China-EU cooperation discourse on circular economy. Global Environmental Change, 71, 102389.