Governing China’s Water

Dr Vanessa Lamb1, Ms Wenjing Zhang1, Dr Sarah Rogers1, A/Prof Matthew J. Currell2, Professor Mark Wang1

1University Of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, 2RMIT University, , Australia

Chair: Dr Sarah Rogers


Given its historical legacies of water management and ongoing construction of mega water projects, it is unsurprising that China features strongly in debates about water and politics. Indeed, water has long been a productive lens through which to understand power, the state, and state-society relations in China. Recent scholarship in particular reflects a dynamic engagement between China Studies, economic geography, STS, and political ecology. In this panel individual presenters will examine different aspects of how China governs water and the effects of its interventions to better manage water, with a focus on politics and institutions, the rise of water markets, infrastructure, and water security.


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