This online symposium and networking workshop, brought to you by the University of Manchester (School of Environment, Education and Development) and the University of Melbourne (Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies, Asia Institute), aims to promote interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing on water and facilitate knowledge exchange in human and environmental geography and allied disciplines (e.g., politics, sociology, development studies, environmental sciences, architecture and planning, environmental engineering, ecology, etc.).
The symposium will be hosted by early-career researchers and senior researchers from the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne. This event is an opportunity to hear the latest work on China water research across both academic institutions, with short provocations from leading scholars. There will also be a Q&A session, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss the presentations.
About the speakers
Prof Deljana Iossifova
Dr Deljana Iossifova is Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Manchester. She is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Architecture and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Studies Foundation and AzuKo Foundation. She is PI and International Lead on SASSI and TOSSIB. She has worked on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), complex urban transformations, cities and biodiversity and the human ecosystems of ageing in China and other countries in the Global East and South.
Prof Mark Wang
Professor Mark Wang is Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. His recent research concerns China’s land acquisition, resettlement/displacement, migration, and water management.
Dr Han Xiao
Dr Xiao Han is an Associate Professor at Hohai University in China and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her research interests include assemblage thinking, critical hydropolitics, payment for ecosystem services and agrarian change.