Our Work

Each term, we identify areas of the BRI to research and explore, expanding our own understanding of sustainability in the BRI. 

Through case studies or holistic reports, we strive to produce rigorous, detailed analysis on the ongoing efforts to improve sustainability in the BRI, and make our own policy recommendations - to governments and private enterprise alike. 

Do have a look at our independent and collaborative reports thus far, and get a sneak peak on the projects we're currently working on: 

Profit, Planet People

In December 2020, the Silk Road Society published its first report "Profit, Planet, People" on promoting environmental and social sustainability along the Belt and Road Initiative. 

This report focuses on the too-often overlooked human and environmental dimensions of the BRI, examining how stakeholders can deliver on these ambitious commitments across three areas: Environmental Sustainability, Social Equity and Sustainable Trade.

The full report is available below, with a foreword from our Senior Member, Peter Frankopan. 

December 2020

The Central Asia Way

In partnership with the Green BRI Centre, Oxford University Silk Road Society’s policy report 'The Central Asia Way' analyses the social and environmental impacts, risks, and opportunities for regional partners and China as BRI projects continue to expand into Central Asia.


From biodiversity and debt for nature swaps to blockchain anti-corruption and the wildlife trade, this report maps out the intersection of BRI with Central Asia’s development path, and argues that an opportunity is open to explore innovative responses to the challenges of green governance.

The full report is available below, with a foreword from the Founding Director of the Green BRI Center, Dr. Christoph NEDOPIL WANG. 

March 2021

CPEC 2.0

Oxford University Silk Road Society’s policy report ‘CPEC 2.0’ explores four CPEC projects (Special Economic Zone, Coal Power Plant, Road Network, Hydropower Project) as case studies to illustrate and analyze their social and environmental impact on the local communities.


The report highlights the issue of a lack of clear communication and transparency amongst the various stakeholders but also brings in relevant successful examples from other BRI and non-BRI projects that can help in implementing future policies for a more environmentally sustainable and socially equitable CPEC.  

April 2021

Powering a Green Belt and Road Initiative

Oxford University Silk Road Society's policy report 'Powering a Green Belt and Road Initiative' explores macro trends of investment flows, corporates policies, and press release rhetoric in the BRI energy sector projects.

Overall, the report aims to answer the research question,  "To what extent does China's Green BRI rhetoric correspond with on-the-ground developments toward sustainability of financial flows, in particular in the energy sector?

April 2021

As the first Silk Road university society, we host talks, panels, and events exploring the Silk Road, both modern and historical.


Our inhouse think-tank is dedicated to promoting sustainable and equitable development along China's Belt and Road Initiative.

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