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I’m really a political ecologist, looking at how politics determine the use of the environment. A lot of my work relates to climate and energy and China as a rising power and its role in African development. One research strand is the rise of the smart eco city. With five country cases and eight city studies – four in Europe and four in China - we examine how countries use technology to enhance the urbanisation process and to mitigate the impact of climate change.
A second strand of my work is to help communities alleviate poverty, particularly in a post-disaster context. A current three-year case study is set in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda. I work with affected communities to rebuild their livelihoods through resilience strategies.
I work with many universities in Europe, the US, Australia and Singapore. More importantly, I have close links with international organisations such as the United Nations Development Programme, in addition to local and national governments in China and Africa.
I also work with non-governmental organisations such as the International Rivers Network. Communities are the most important stakeholders to engage. Their strategy feedback goes on to inform the government policies I work on.
The reason I’m doing research is my passion for people and how we can improve each other’s lives.
Research strength Health Research
Research strengthEnvironment research
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