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, with a strong focus on community-based and participatory approach. Her research often concerns the politics of environment and development, such as indigenous resource governance, participation and empowerment.The geographical focus of her research has been Asia-Pacific regiion, including China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Australia. Zoe's research is based on extensive fieldwork and her analyasis often adopst political ecology approach. Her work has been published in high-ranked journal such as Land Use Policy and World Development

Prior to joining JCU, her professional experience included Research Fellow at University of Melbourne and Visiting Fellow at City University of Hong Kong. She has taught subjects such as Environmental and Resource Management, Global Environmental Politics, Environmental Policy and Governance, Environmental and Regional Planning, Research Methods on Global Development. 

Zoe welcomes prospective PhD students to work on topics related to the politcal and social aspects of enviornmental governance and development.  

  • EV3110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5110: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5953: Research Methods for Global Development (Level 5; CNS)
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental politics
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Development
  • 2017 to 2019 - Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016 - Visiting Fellow, City University of Hong Kong
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Socio-Economic Objectives

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Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation - Research Grant

Transnational lives of Taiwanese working holiday makers in rural Australia

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$71,296 over 3 years
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.
Ju-Han Wang (College of Science & Engineering)
Working Holiday Makers (WHM); Taiwan; rural transition; Australia; farm work

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