2019, Outstanding Research Award (Regional Studies and Geography), Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2018, NTU Research Publication Award, Taiwan

2017, NTU Research Publication Award, Taiwan

2016, NTU Research Publication Award, Taiwan

2015, NTU Research Publication Award, Taiwan

2014, NTU Research Publication Award, Taiwan

2013, Academia Sinica Research Awards for Junior Investigators (中央研究院年輕學者著作獎), Taiwan

2013 Emerging Scholar Award, Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group, the Association of American Geographers (the AAG)

2012 Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2011 Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2010 Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2010 Wudayou Young Scholar Award , National Science Council, Taiwan

2009 Publication Research Award, NTU, Taiwan

2009 Finalist, Young Scholar Competition, Foundation of Urban and Regional Studies, UK

2008 Finalist, Best Paper Competition of Berlin Roundtables on Urban Planets, Germany

2005 Best Student Paper, Regional Planning and Geography Specialty Group, the AAG

2004 Best Student Paper, China Geography Specialty Group, the AAG



Globalization of China

International Development and World Geography

Research Methods in Human Geography

Local and Regional Development

Earth and Environment: Problems and Solutions

Studio on Climate Change and Human Settlement


Dr. Shiuh-Shen CHIEN obtained his PhD degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, and now is a professor in geography, environment and development studies co-hired by Department of Geography and International Program of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, National Taiwan University. His research interests have covered: global south and international development, policy learning and mobility, political economy of local and regional development, critical smart eco urbanism, volume geography, and geoengineering in the Anthropocene context.

Dr. Chien adopts a macro political economy theoretical understanding with the “field sciences” methodological approach (rather than model or lab sciences) to conduct geography, environment and development studies. His research projects used to be focusing on post-socialist China urban change and its related Chinese Communist Party-State political mechanism. In recent years, his academic attention has extended to environment and sustainability in a border sense. Two dimensions are particularly highlighted. First, Dr. Chien has engaged with so-called volumetric thinking (not area but three-dimensional) for better humanities and social sciences’ understanding on earth system dynamics, for example, human-atmosphere, human-ocean, and human-geology interactions. His published and under-reviewed papers have included weather modification offices in China, volumetric sovereignty and bordering between China and Taiwan/ Hong Kong, the elemental thoughts of the earth from subterranean explosion in Kaohsiung Taiwan, the fluid volume thinking behind air pollution politics of urban Taiwan.

Second, Dr. Chien has also promoted Taiwan’s new role in international development of the global south in general, and that in relation to 2030 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in particular. He figures out that there is a newly developed phenomenon of Taiwan’s aid since the 2010s, namely, from bilateral to multilateral cooperation, from technical to humanitarian assistance, from diplomatic to non-diplomatic alliance, and from pure state-driven to non-driven agents involved. He has conducted related empirical research in Asia Pacific (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands), South Asia (India), Africa (Eswatini), Caribbean Islands (Saint Lucia), Middle East (Jordan), and Inner Eurasia (Kyrgyzstan), all of which have various international development projects by Taiwan’s ODA (official development aid), Taiwan NGO aid, Taiwan citizen aid, and Taiwan enterprises’ development and charity activities.