Jun Ma

Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE)


Ma Jun is a Chinese environmentalist, non-fiction writer, environmental consultant, and journalist.

He is a director with the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE), which developed the China Water Pollution Map, the first public database of water pollution information in China. He also serves as environmental consultant for the Sinosphere Corporation.

In the 1990s Ma became known as an investigative journalist, working at the South China Morning Post (SCMP) from 1993 to 2000. There, he began to specialize in articles on environmental subjects. He eventually became the chief representative of SCMP.com in Beijing.

Ma's 1999 book China's Water Crisis (Zhongguo shui weiji), China's first major book on the subject of that nation's environmental crisis, has been compared to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

In 2006, Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential persons in the world.

Featured Work

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FEB 11, 2013 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: Ma Jun: Information Empowers

Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun walks the line between transparency and activism in his quest to clean China's air, land, and water.

JAN 17, 2012 Podcast

A Look at Global Sustainability, with a Focus on China

Carnegie Council's Evan O'Neil ponders the future of mega-cities, and leading Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun discusses China's air and water crisis and the work of ...