About

Zoe is a Lecturer in Environment and Development. She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Sydney, a Master in Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor in Science from National Taiwan University. She is an interdisciplinary expert on environmental governance, natural resource management and rural development. The geographical focus of her research has been Asia, including China, Taiwan and Sri Lanka. Her research is based on extensive fieldwork and her analysis often adopts political ecology approach. Prior to joining JCU, her professional experience included Research Fellow at University of Melbourne and Visiting Fellow at City University of Hong Kong.  

Teaching
  • EV3001: Environmental and Regional Planning (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV3110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5001: Environmental and Regional Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5953: Research Methods for Global Development (Level 5; CNS)
Interests
Research
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental politics
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Development
Experience
  • 2017 to 2019 - Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016 - Visiting Fellow, City University of Hong Kong
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Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation - Research Grant

Transnational lives of Taiwanese working holiday makers in rural Australia

Indicative Funding
$71,295 over 3 years
Summary
This research is to understand the transnational lives of Taiwanese working holiday makers (WHM) in rural Australia, including their cultural, social and economic experiences, and their perception of and interaction with rural Australian society. While Taiwanese are the second largest WHM group in Australia, little is known about them, and nothing about their experience of employment in regional Australia. There ;is an urgent need to understand this substantial group of temporary migrants, whose prese3nce essentially represents Taiwan to the rural Australian community, and whose labour contribution is potentially critical to the future of Australian rural development.
Investigators
Ju-Han Wang (College of Science & Engineering)
Keywords
Working Holiday Makers (WHM); Taiwan; rural transition; Australia; farm work

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