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Eleanor 1.01

About me

I was a full-time journalist in Hong Kong before I pursued a doctoral degree in International Development in Bradford, UK. My research areas include water governance, renewable energy, politics of development, gender and climate finance, both in South Asia (India and Bangladesh) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria). I lectured at Leeds and Liverpool Universities, UK and Antwerpen University, Belgium, before moving to UCR in 2016. I have more than 40 publications in high-impact academic journals and book projects. I published a sole-authored book, entitled Exploring Unseen Social Capital in Community Participation (2007), and co-edited a book, entitled Identity in Crossroad Civilisations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia (2010), both by Amsterdam University Press. I have won Development Studies Association’s New Ideas Initiative Competition and obtained more than £200K research grants from various research councils.


  • PhD (International Development), University of Bradford, UK (2000-2004)
  • MA (International Development), University of Bradford, UK (1998-1999)
  • BA (Geography), University of Hong Kong (1990-1993)


  • Lecturer, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, UK (2010-2016)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Maastricht (Summer, 2014)
  • Guest speaker on Master’s Programme on Water and Natural Resources, Antwerpen University, Belgium (2010-2013)
  • Lecturer, Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK (2006-2009)
  • Post-doc researcher, Department of Geographical and Environmental Studies, University of Bradford, UK (2004-2006)
  • Full-time journalist (1993-1998)

Significant publications

  • Wong, S. (2022) Smart agriculture and ICT, in Brears, R. (ed.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. London: Palgrave, Ch161. DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7
  • Wong, S. (2022) Revisit the social capital-institution-poverty nexus through the resources-mechanisms-outcomes framework. In Tsompanoglou, G. (ed.) Sustaining Communities: Prospects and Challenges, Ch13. Nova Science Publishing.
  • Wong, S. (2021) ‘Book review on Bao, Hongwei (2020) Queer China. Lesbian and Gay Literature and Visual Culture Under Postsocialism’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 24(4): 1-3.
  • Wong, S. (2020) Gendering information and communication technologies in climate change. In D.B.A. Khosrow-Pour (ed.) Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology. (5th ed.). Hershey, PA: IGI Global, Ch96, pp1408-1422.
  • Wong, S. (2019) Decentralised, off-grid solar-powered irrigation systems in the Global South’, Solar Pumping and Irrigation e-newsletter. GIZ Project Sustainable Energy for Food – Powering Agriculture.
  • Wong, S. (2019) ‘Shifting from research-led teaching to liberal arts education – some critical reflections from a non-white academic scholar’, How Do We Know the World Conference, Bonn, Germany, 17th January.
  • Wong, S. (2017) ‘Gendering Green Climate Finance: Potential and Limitations’, in Krüßmann, T. and Ziegerhofer, A. (eds.) Promoting Gender Equality Abroad. An Assessment of EU Action in the External Dimension, Wien: LIT-Verlag, 116-137.
  • Wong, S. (2016) ‘A Post-critical Perspective to Community Participation in Trans-boundary Water Governance – A Case Study of the Volta River Basin in West Africa’, Geoforum, 77: 83-92.
  • Wong, S. (2016) ‘Can Climate Finance Contribute to Gender Equity in Developing Countries’, Journal of International Development. 28(3): 428-444.
  • Wong, S. (2007) Exploring ‘Unseen’ Social Capital in Community Participation. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [ISBN 9789053560341]