One of my best friends wants to appaly a schlarship, so she wrote a Statement of Purpose for that. Can you help me to correct it? I know this may cost you a little time. :)
As a resident of the first environmentally friendly city in Taiwan, I enjoy the clear sky but at the same time as a Pacific Islander, I force more risk from climate change. In my opinion, the most effective and efficient way to contribute to upkeep a better nature is to apply a doctor of philosophy degree in the field of the Environmental Politics and makes a difference future environmental policy. In the short term, I plan to maximize my knowledge in environmental studies through USA academic courses and gain practical experience through participating in IGOs/NGOs to expose myself to more ways for countries to solve international environmental problems. In the long term, I aspire to open an interdisciplinary research between political science and environmental studies in Taiwan as well as exerting my capability to help government in making policies for improving and at the same time not harming the nature.
Based on my over 6 years training in BA and MA in Political Science, over GPA 3.7 learning performance on my major in International Relations, 3 related conference papers and the a master thesis on environmental politics in top 25 universities in Asia, not only do I became an humanist, but also I found that traditional theories and political science courses cannot provide solutions with urgent environmental issues. The course, International Environmental Policy and Law, inspired me that combining political science and environmental studies is a lighthouse for sustainable development. It can be proved by that attending international environment conferences is the only way to adopting conservations treaties, even if there are time-consuming negotiation processes. As a result, my study purpose, aims, in short, to build a theory of the international multilateral negotiation in the environmental field, and to generate a cooperation principle for countries to increase negotiation efficiency.
For establishing a solid academic foundation in Environmental Studies in deficient academic resource in my country, I grasped every possibly opportunity to satisfy my thirst for knowledge. I am working in The Center for Marine Policy Studies in NSYSU and have joined in a project of “A Study on the Strategies for UNFCCC Participation” supervised by Prof. Hu and Prof. Wen-Chen Shih, also my thesis committee member. They performed their interdisciplinary backgrounds to figure out a road for government to break through the status quo of Taiwan in the international society. This project proved that political method is the unique solution of environmental conflicts and a cooperation possibility between countries is existed. Prof. Shih, showed me that environmental issues and social science can be mixed perfectly. Now I am responsible to a project of National Science Council on A Study the Contents and Practice of EC’s Integrated Maritime Policy. This time, I intend to publish two journal articles related to IMP’s effectiveness and EU’s enlargement.
I also treasure the research position in 2009 to 2010 in the Lab of Fishery Resource Management in Institute of Marine Affairs directed by Prof. Shui-Kai Chang, who encouraged me to elaborate my social science training international marine environment. Prof. Chang and I published a comparative study about marine protected areas development. This article observed that although there are several similar ways to manage sustainable fishery in Taiwan, it is scanty of an effective governing process to maintain and enhance outcome of conservation. In addition, I assisted in managing paper work of international fishery organizations. I found that there are complicated interests between fishery industry and environmentalists. It convince me of mapping a shorten cut for countries to cooperate with others in protecting the Earth and meeting countries benefits during my doctoral career in the Environmental Politics field is essential.
In order to meet the grass-root characteristic of environmental issues, I participated in the Taiwan NGO, TEIA, in charge of international environmental news. As a news translator, I chose and translated environmental news to officials in Environmental Protection Administration who only focused on green technology and engineering. I was aware of the immediacy of filling the niche of traditional environmental science and political science up in Taiwan. While I volunteered as an interpreter for Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior visit call, part of members are major in Political science. It strengthened my belief that Environmental Politics is worth and should be studied further.
All of my days, I contribute myself to detecting and experiencing what Prof. Anthony Giddens mentioned in his book “The Politics of Climate Change” that “Climate change is now a mainstream political issue. However, as yet there is no substantive framework for policy which offers coherence and consistency as to how national governments should cope with the long-term political challenges of climate change.” For maintaining a well living condition in my island and the Earth, I am keen to proceed with academy training to a more advanced level which allows me to build a substantive theory for environmental politics, and make an interdisciplinary integration between political science and environmental studies in the foreseeable future.