Shawn has 15 years of experience working to strengthen civil society and social movements in China and the Asia-Pacific. His current interest is in exploring strategies and models for sustaining civil society and movements, and helping civil society respond to China’s growing global influence. In 2018, he founded Social Innovations Advisory, Ltd., a consultancy helping NGOs build a resilient civil society in China and Asia. He has written and published extensively on China’s civil society, corruption, political economy and central-provincial relations, and has maintained a blog on NGOs in China since 2009.
Previously, Shawn was the Deputy Director of China Labour Bulletin in Hong Kong, and founded and directed the English-language operations for China Development Brief, China’s only bilingual NGO platform covering civil society and philanthropy. He is a Research Fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Rights CoLab Contributor and a long-time consultant to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. Shawn received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and was a professor of political science at Marist College from 1995-2009.