Emily T. Yeh is a professor and department chair of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder. She conducts research on development and nature-society relations in Tibetan parts of the PRC, including the political ecology of pastoralism, conflicts over access to natural resources, vulnerability of Tibetan herders to climate change, the relationship between ideologies of nature and nation, emerging environmental subjectivities. Her book Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development (Cornell University Press 2013), which explores the intersection of political economy and cultural politics of development as a project of state territorialization, was awarded the E. Gene Smith Book Prize on Inner Asia in 2015. She is also co-editor with Chris Coggins of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands, and with Kevin O’Brien and Ye Jingzhong of Rural Politics in Contemporary China.
She is also part of the ICI research team.