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 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 region, including China, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Australia. Zoe's research is based on extensive fieldwork and her analysis primarily adopts political ecology approach. For the most of Zoe’s research career, she has been conducting research looking at the influence of various environmental, development and agrarian interventions (e.g. NGO project, government policy and commodity market) on natural resource uses in China. Before her PhD study, Zoe worked in Taiwan as an associate researcher on climate change policy. 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.  

Media Engagement

1.ABC News on climate change talk (24/11/2022). https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-11-24/us-china-resume-climate-change-talks-what-could-it-mean/101682242 

2.Channel 7 TV Cairns on temporary migrant farm workers (21/09/2022) https://mobile.twitter.com/7NewsCairns/status/1572503510553620485

3.ABC News on agriculture labourer (16/09/2022) https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-16/pick-paradise-campaign-to-lure-ag-workers-to-north-queensland/101441838  

4. ABC Rural Report temporary migrant farm workers  (20/08/2022) https://www.abc.net.au/farnorth/programs/rural-report/far-north-and-north-queensland-rural-report/14018416

5.DW on Great Barrier Reef (26/06/2021)  https://p.dw.com/p/3vahL   

6.SBS Mandarin on koala conversation policy (22/09/2020) https://www.sbs.com.au/language/chinese/zh-hans/podcast-episode/koala-war-in-nsw-what-you-should-know/u4x7jcal4

7.SBS Mandarin on Au-China relation (27/03/2017) https://www.sbs.com.au/language/chinese/zh-hant/podcast-episode/free-trade-opportunism-chinese-premier-li-keqiangs-visit-in-australia/jjn7zezi4


  • EV3001: Environmental and Regional Planning (Level 3; TSV & CNS)
  • EV5001: Environmental and Regional Planning (Level 5; CNS & TSV)
  • EV5951: Development in Practice (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5952: Critical Issues in Global Development (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5953: Research Methods for Global Development (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5957: Equitable Development and Social Change (Level 5; CNS)
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental politics
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Development
  • Agrarian Change
  • 2017 to 2019 - Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2016 - Visiting Fellow, City University of Hong Kong
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2023 - Early Career Researcher Grant (College of Science & Engineering), JCU
  • 2015 - Post-doctoral Geography Scholar Award, Geographical Society of NSW
  • 2012 to 2014 - Study Abroad Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan.
  • 2010 to 2013 - International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australian Government
  • 2010 to 2013 - International Postgraduate Award, University of Sydney.
  • 2011 - APRU Travel Award, Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • 2003 to 2005 - Goldman International Environmental Fellowship, Yale University
  • 2017 - Dyason Fellowship, University of Melbourne
  • 2012 - APRU Fellowship, Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • 2004 - Coca-Cola World Fund Fellowship, Yale University.

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Australian Research Council - Discovery - Projects

High-value horticulture and global production networks in coastal Australia

Indicative Funding
$27,404 over 3 years (administered by The University of Sydney)
High-value horticulture is booming in Australia?s north-eastern coastal strip, where a multifunctional landscape also provides various recreational, cultural and environmental services. This project aims analyses how incorporation within agricultural global production networks interacts with diverse drivers of landscape change to shape regional development outcomes. This will contribute to global production network theory by developing the territorial nexus of these networks. Expected outcomes include improved policy formulations capable of orchestrating a sustainable and equitable future for rural regions and livelihoods within Australia, with broader contributions to understanding rural development pathway elsewhere in the world.
Zoe Ju-Han Wang, Jeffrey Neilson, William Pritchard, Rebecca Cross, Neil Coe and Kiah Smith (College of Science & Engineering, The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland)
Horticulture; Global production network; Regional Development; North-Easteran Coastal strip

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation - Research Grant

Transnational lives of Taiwanese working holiday makers in rural Australia

Indicative Funding
$71,296 over 4 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 presence essentially represents Taiwan to the rural Australian community, and whose labour contribution is potentially critical to the future of Australian rural development.
Zoe Ju-Han Wang (College of Science & Engineering)
Working Holiday Makers (WHM); Taiwan; rural transition; Australia; farm work

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