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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)
  • 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. (forthcoming book) Renewable Energy Policies in South Asia: Making Solar Lighting Work. London: Routledge.
  • 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. (2012) ‘Overcoming Obstacles Against Effective Solar Lighting Interventions in South Asia’, Energy Policy, 40:110-120.
  • Sharp, L., McDonald, A., Sim, P., Knamiller, C., Sefton, C. and Wong, S. (2011) ‘Positivism, Post-positivism and Domestic Water Demand: Inter-relating Science across the Paradigmatic Divide’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36(4): 501-515
  • Wong, S. (2010) ‘Whose Lives Are Worth More? Politicising Research Safety in Developing Countries’, Development In Practice, 20(7): 784-796.
  • Wong, S. and Sharp, L. (2009) ‘Making Power Explicit in Sustainable Water Innovation: Re-linking Subjectivity, Institution and Structure through Environmental Citizenship’, Environmental Politics, 18(1):37-57.
  • Wong, S. (2009) ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Technology: Re-linking Nature, Governance and Gender’, Gender and Development, 17(1):95-108.
  • Wong, S. (2007) Exploring ‘Unseen’ Social Capital in Community Participation. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. [ISBN 9789053560341]
  • Wong, S. (2003) ‘Empowerment as a Panacea for Poverty – Old Wine in New Bottles? Reflections on the World Bank’s Conception of Power’, Progress in Development Studies, 3(4):307-322.

Significant successful grant applications

  • £2.1 million EPSRC’s ‘Energy for International Development’ Project in India (EP/E044360/1) (£121K to my social science work package) (2007-2010)
  • £52K EPSRC’s Pathways to Impact Grant (2014-2016)
  • £10K DIY Solar Thermal Water Pasteuriser in India, Bangladesh and Uganda (Liverpool University’s Research Themes Voucher, 2010-2011)
  • £10K Trans-boundary Water Governance in White Volta River Basin, Ghana (British Academy, 2007-2009)
  • £5K Sustainable Energy Management and Poverty in Bangladesh (British Council, 2007-2008)