Cheng Xiang is a research fellow at the Netherlands China
Law Centre. Concurrently, he is also a member of the Xiamen
University Environmental and Energy Law Research Center. In
2002, Cheng Xiang got his Bachelor degree at Dalian Maritime
University, Liaoning Province, China. At Dalian Maritime
University, Cheng Xiang majored in International Foreign Trade
Transportation Management. Since September 2002, Cheng Xiang
studied at Xiamen University (Fujian Province, China) School of
Law, majoring in civil procedure under the supervision of
Professor Qi Shujie.
Before getting his Master's degree in Law in 2005, Cheng Xiang published in the area of civil justice reform, comparative civil procedure and the law of evidence. In 2003 and 2004, Cheng Xiang conducted fieldwork on Chinese civil procedural law in practice at local courts in Quanzhou and Xiamen city, leading to several related publications. His master dissertation is on the legal position of expert evidence in civil procedure. In 2005, Cheng Xiang was admitted as a PhD candidate at Xiamen University School of Law, supervised by Professor Qi Shujie. The topic of Cheng Xiang's PhD research in Xiamen University is the comparative study of environmental dispute resolution.
Cheng Xiang concurrently pursues a PhD degree at Amsterdam Law School, funded by the China Scholarship Council. The topic of this PhD study is citizen complaints as a pathway to environmental justice in a South-East city of China. His research focuses on how citizens' pollution grievances are developed into complaints and how environmental authorities respond to such complaints. Since January 2009, Cheng Xiang has been carrying out participant observation at environmental protection bureaus, and conducting interviews with environmental officials and aggrieved citizens. Cheng Xiang is currently using his collected fieldwork data for finalizing his PhD thesis in Amsterdam. His research is supervised by Prof. Benjamin van Rooij.