commentaries and op-eds

To reach audiences outside academia, I frequently write commentaries and op-eds for media outlets around the world. Notable examples include:

The Guardian on the government provision of PrEP in Britain

In the wake of the UK High Court’s ruling that denied an extension to the patent for PrEP, my co-authors and I argued strongly that the time has come for the NHS to provide full access to the highly effective anti-HIV drug. To make the case we drew upon our research on public attitudes towards government-provisioned PrEP; this research discussed at length in two academic articles currently under review.

“No more excuses: the NHS must fund the drug that stops people getting HIV,” The Guardian, 27 September 2018

South China Morning Post on the end of the one-child policy & LGBT Chinese 

Days after the Chinese government relaxed its restrictive (and controversial) one-child policy, I wrote an op-ed in Hong Kong's largest English language newspaper suggesting that the change in family planning regulations will have an unexpected but welcomed positive affect on gay and lesbian Chinese. Later I expanded on this argument in a full length academic article published in 2018 by the Journal of Homosexuality.

“End of China’s one-child policy will ease pressure on gays and lesbian to bear children,” South  China Morning Post, 10  November 2015


CNN on the politics of human intervention and Syrian conflict

As the conflict in Syria became more difficult for the international community to ignore, my co-authors and I penned a commentary for CNN in which we drew upon our recently published research on what ultimately drives the US government to intervene on humanitarian grounds. Based upon historical analysis in the 1990s and 2000s, we argued that US intervention was unlikely because it's both rare, and usually dictated by party politics. 

“Sorry, Syria. In U.S., humanitarian intervention is just politics as usual,” CNN, 14 May 2013


Chicago Tribune on the environmental costs of a growing ski industry in China

In the early 2000s a small but growing skiing industry began to emerge in China. This was surprising because of the lack of natural snow in the region; ski resorts were reliant upon man-made snow which uses (and wastes) water. In a piece for the Chicago Tribune I argued that this posed a real environmental and social problem given that northern China suffered (as it does today) from severe water shortages. This op-ed gained some new attention recently (well over a decade after I wrote it) when Beijing was announced host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The region still lacks natural snow, and so will rely even more on water-wasting man-made snow.

“Even Fake Snow Can’t Disguise Real Problems in China,” Chicago Tribune, 2 March 2004


South China Morning Post on efforts of 'big oil' to address environmental concerns in China 

I wrote a commentary for the South China Morning Post about the difficult balancing act for large multinational petroleum companies entering the Chinese market: they have had to be responsive to growing domestic and international concerns about growing environmental problems in China, of which many are blamed upon their industry.   

“The Greening of Big Oil in China,” South China Morning Post, 1 January 2004


Christian Science Monitor on the social and environmental consequences on the growing number of golf courses in China

In what became a widely read and re-published piece in the Associated Press and other news outlets around the world, in 2003 I wrote an op-ed for the Christian Science Monitor in which I noted the high and wide-ranging environmental costs of golf courses around the world. Given that China was quickly becoming home to some of the most courses in the world, I offered a cautionary tale about the stresses this could put on the country's already fragile environment—as well as the related social problems, and potential unrest that could result as it's degraded further. 

 “Environmentalists Cry ‘Fore!’ in China,” Christian Science Monitor, 16 July 2003


To learn about how I adapt previous research into op-eds—and how, inversely, the writing of commentaries has led to new research projects—visit my page on policy outreach.