CCCS Seed Funding 2021 Winning Projects - PhD Publication

Junxian Chen

‘The Chinese way to greenways: implementation processes and outcomes of four cases in the Central Zhejiang City-Region’

China has recently seen a boom in greenway projects as an urban sustainability fix. This paper evaluates different greenway implementation outcomes across jurisdictional boundaries, and explains the institutional reasons behind the differences. A greenway assessment framework was proposed linking ecological, social and economic goals to a set of indicators. Through the spatial analysis of four greenways in the Central Zhejiang City-Region, each of which led by a unique actor (i.e., a township government, a county department, a cross-agency department or a state-owned company), this paper reveals that the greenway led by a cross-agency department performs better than others in terms of cultural promotion, regional integration and habitat connectivity improvement, and that the SOE-led greenway is oriented towards rural tourism. Findings from this comparative study will have implications for the efficient delivery of green infrastructure (GI) projects in China and around the world.

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Hong Jiang

‘Contemporary river channel change processes under multiple, interacting, human-impacts in the Han River, China’

Hong’s thesis has been exploring the 2000-year history of interactions between humans and the Han River, one of the great rivers of China.  It is divided into two parts: the ancient history of change from 221 BC to 1967, and modern changes to the channel of the Han River since construction of the mega-dam at Danjiangkou in 1967.  The CCCS PhD Publication Project will be used to support preparing two manuscripts from the work on the modern river.  The first one describes a remote sensing methodology, which uses free satellite data to reconstruct the depth of the full riverbed of large rivers annually, while researchers were normally restricted to reconstructing channel change from a series of cross-sections.  The second one is on geomorphic change processes in the river, which reveals that the interactions between different river modifications, including mega-dams, groynes, and sediment mining practices, could cause unintentional consequences, while existing studies looked at the impact of multiple modifications more collectively than interactively.

Wendi Li

‘Youth Climate Activism Beyond the Internet: Constructing a Youth-driven Global Climate Public Sphere in Hong Kong’

Since the end of 2018, a youth-led global climate public sphere is taking shape with the rise of global youth climate activism. This represents a new concept within the communication of climate change activism and policy impacts, focusing on how like-minded young individuals build communities of their own rather than joining mainstream environmental non-governmental NGOs. These youth-led, community-based environmental organisations play an increasingly significant role in leading collective climate actions and campaigns, focusing on everyday and policy changes, in a local-global nexus across national borders. This paper draws on interview data with five members of Bye Bye Plastic Bags Hong Kong (BBPB HK), the Hong Kong chapter of a global youth-led environmental initiative, supported by observations of their social media use and participation in both online and offline climate activities. In adopting BBPB HK as a case study, this paper argues that a youth-driven global climate public sphere is under construction with these young people becoming the pillar of today’s climate activism.

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