DR Zoe Wang

DR Zoe Wang


  • Environmental governance
  • Natural resource management
  • Rural development



  • Zoe Wang holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sydney. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on natural resource management and rural development in China, with a political ecology approach. Before joining the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Zoe taught environmental politics and policy at the Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong. Zoe's PhD project addressed how environmental NGOs play their part in China’s environmental and development issues, particularly in the context of rural resource use, which has been central to livelihoods of rural populations. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in south-west China and her research often uses political ecology as the conceptual framework. Prior to PhD study, she worked as an associate researcher, providing policy recommendations on climate change and renewable energy for the Taiwanese government. She also has experience researching social forestry in Sri Lanka.   


Member of

  • Institute of Australian Geographers. Member 2015 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Sydney 2015
  • MEM, Yale University 2005
  • Bsc, National Taiwan University 2003

Awards and honors

  • Post-doctoral Geography Scholar Award, Geographical Society of NSW, 2015
  • APRU Fellowship, Association of Pacific Rim Universities, 2012
  • Government Scholarship for Study Abroad, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, 2012
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2010
  • Yale FES Summer Fund, 2004
  • Coca-Cola World Fund Fellowship, 2004
  • Goldman International Environmental Fellowship, 2003



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising on the topics of environmental policy and environmental politics.