Juliet Lu is a doctoral student at UC Berkeley’s Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department. After graduating with a B.A. from Oberlin College in 2008, she worked in Asia for five years. From 2009-2011 she worked at the World Agroforestry Centre in Yunnan, China on projects exploring ecosystem services valuation in the Mekong Region, water issues in the Himalayas and community forestry in Southwest China. From 2012-2013, she worked at the Centre for Development and Environment in Vientiane, Laos. There, she co-authored a national analysis of land investments and conducted a follow-up study on the regulatory process of granting land to Chinese companies. Her doctoral research at UC Berkeley will examine the political economy of Chinese rubber in Laos – particularly those made under the Opium Replacement Program. Her broader research interests include the implications of China’s growing demand for raw materials on Southeast Asia and Chinese development cooperation.