Oliver Hensengerth

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environmental governance water governance transboundary water governance environmental justice rise of China

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Biography

Oliver joined Northumbria University's Department of Social Sciences in January 2012. Before joining Northumbria, he was a Lecturer in China and Global Politics at the University of Southampton and taught at the Universities of Warwick and Essex. He also won a 2-year post-doc fellowship (Transatlantic Postdoc Fellowship for International Relations and Security) hosted by SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, IEEI Lisbon, and Chatham House London. Furthermore, Oliver conducted consulting work for London-based Global Witness and for Germany’s GIZ.

Oliver’s research rests on two pillars: firstly, the rise of China in global development, with a focus on Chinese investment in water infrastructure; and secondly water governance, including transboundary water cooperation, water-energy-food nexus, floods and droughts, and hydropower. Conceptually, he is interested in questions of environmental justice, relationships between water and identity, multilevel governance, and governance across scales. Oliver teaches across programmes in International Relations and Politics and International Development and supervises PhD students in the above research areas. Oliver is a member of the Northumbria Centre for International Development (www.northumbria.ac.uk/cid) and the Disasters, Development and Resilience Research Group.

Research interests

Oliver works at the intersection of international relations and international development. Having been trained as a political scientist, Oliver’s work is interdisciplinary. He has been collaborating closely with colleagues from engineering, physical and human geography, or sociology in projects funded by the British Academy, GCRF, Newton Fund, and others. He has published extensively in international high impact journals in the areas of environmental and water governance.

Oliver's research rests on two pillars: firstly, the rise of China in global development, with a focus on Chinese investment in water infrastructure such as hydropower in countries of the global South; and secondly water governance, including transboundary water cooperation, water-energy-food nexus, floods and droughts, and hydropower. Conceptually, he is interested in questions of environmental justice, relationships between water and identity, multilevel governance, and governance across scales.

Oliver is currently a co-investigator in the following projects: 1. GCRF Research Hub Living Deltas, led by Newcastle University (2019-2024); 2. Newton-NERC Viet Nam: Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega Delta, led by Southampton University (2019-2021); and 3. He provides in-kind support for the British Council COP26 Trilateral Research Initiative Integrated Strategies for Water Resources Risk Management in the ASEAN Region under Climate Uncertainty: A Needs Assessment, led by Southampton University (2021-2022).

Oliver is currently supervising two PhD students in the above areas. He has also functioned as an external examiner for PhD theses at UK universities and abroad and regularly peer reviews articles in international journals.

Education/Academic qualification

International Politics, PhD, University of Leeds

1 Oct 20021 Sep 2006

Award Date: 1 Sep 2006

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