Hung, Po-Yi



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Hung, Po-Yi

Asssociate Professor


Office : Room 408, Department of Geography

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I am Po-Yi Hung, an Associate Professor in Geography at National Taiwan University. I received my Ph.D. from UW-Madison with major in human geography and minor in cultural anthropology. Before I went to UW-Madison, I earned two masters degree. One is in social ecology of development and conservation from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the other in environmental planning from National Taiwan University.

My research focuses on nature-society relations. More specifically, I use agricultural practices and food trade as my lens to investigate the relations amongst people, place, and environment. I have conducted researches in Taiwan and China, and plan to extend my research to Southeast Asia.

Research interests: Political Ecology, Food and Agriculture, Development Studies, Landscape, Space and Place.

Ph.D., Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013).

Master of Environmental Science, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University (2005).

Master of Science, Graduate Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Taiwan University (1999).

Bachelor of Arts, Department of English, Fu-Jen Catholic University (1997).


My current project, Mountains of Green Gold: Tea Production, Land-Use Politics, and Ethnic Minorities in Southwest China, investigates the relationship between cross-regional tea trade and ongoing physical and symbolic changes in China’s southwest frontier environment. By focusing on the common-pool resource of what is deemed “ancient tea forest” (guchalin), I aim to understand the interactions among tea trees, entrepreneurs, the state, and an ethnic minority population (the Bulang). In this research, I also seek to address the resulting politics over land-use practices in southwest China. I analyze the material and ideological components of the tea forest by looking into the ecological changes, market forces, and state interventions. In addition to conducting interviews and archival research, I have conducted intensive ethnographic research to engage in local Bulang villagers’ everyday life, where the tea landscape in southwest China is symbolically and materially reproduced.

Extended from my current project, my future research is about the relationship between the rural development of cash crops and urban consumption of organic food in China. While cash-crop plantations have taken over subsistence agriculture in many places, in southwest China cash crops of many ethnic minorities’ agricultural practices have closely related to the burgeoning organic consumption in urban China. Nevertheless, little is known about what the environmental and social implications are behind the emerging urban-rural connections resulted from the organic production and consumption of food. Therefore, based on my current research about tea trade in southwest China, I propose two interconnected topics to initiate my next research project. First is the development of organic food consumption in urban China and its relationship with China’s food security and the state interventions in public health. Secondly, I will examine how the urban consumption of organic food has reshaped the modern regime of environmental governance and generated a mechanism to transform the agrarian society through land-use practices in rural China. In the long run, I intend to think beyond the limitation of regarding southwest China as a remote and peripheral resource frontier. I aim to re-conceptualize the frontier as a relational space, where the nature-society relations have been significantly affected by the production, distribution, and trade of agrarian products. Given the fact that Yunnan and Southeast Asia has been closely connected due to the cross-boundary flows of goods and people, I plan to expand my research scope to explore Yunnan’s trading relations with Southeast Asia, the trade of agricultural products in particular.

In the long term, I expect to collaborate closely with scholars working on Southeast Asia, especially those studying cross-boundary trading activities, highlanders’ agricultural practices, and people-environment dynamics. I believe the collaboration will both empirically and theoretically enrich my own research. In the meantime, my expertise in southwest China, Taiwan, and East Asia in general, will also contribute to the scholarship of Southeast Asia studies

Introduction to Human Geography

Thesis (b.s.) (1)(2)

Landscape, Culture, and Power

Introduction to Political Ecology

Cultural Geographies of Landscape

Geographies of Globalization : a Critical Introduction

Food, Agriculture, and Society

Global Political Ecology

Fieldwork Workshop

Seminar (Ⅰ)


Refereed Journal Article:

Hung, P.-Y. (first author) & Lien, Y.-H., 2019. Anxiety of Food Nationalism: Dilemmas of Bordering in the Vietnam-Taiwan Tea Trade. The Geographical Journal. DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12326. (SSCI)

Hung, P.-Y., 2019. Placing Green Energy in the Sea: Offshore Wind Farms, Dolphins, Oysters, and the Territorial Politics of the Intertidal Zone in Taiwan. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2019.1625749. (SSCI)

Chen, H.-H. & Hung, P.-Y., 2019. Performing Frontier as Home: Yuanshengtai Performance and the Representational Politics of Homeland in Southwest China. Space and Culture 22(4): 324-340. (SSCI)

洪伯邑(第一作者),練聿修,2018。「越」界臺茶:臺越茶貿易中的移動、劃界與本土爭辯, 文化研究 ROUTER: A Journal of Cultural Studies 27: 87-126. (TSSCI)

Hung, P.-Y. (first author) & Hsiao, H.-T., 2018. Apples in Action: Territoriality and Land Use Politics of Mountain Agriculture in Taiwan. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 59(3): 349-367. (SSCI)

洪伯邑(第一作者),蕭彗岑, 2017。蘋果的政治技術:台灣高山農業的領域政治與經濟, 台灣土地研究 20(2): 1-29. (TSSCI)

Hung, P.-Y. (first author) & Baird, I. 2017. From Soldiers to Farmers: The Political Geography of Chinese Kuomintang Territorialization in Northern Thailand. Political Geography 58: 1-13. (SSCI)

洪伯邑(第一作者),許純鎰,2017。 從異域到茶鄉: 泰國北部山林的茶葉生產與臺泰農業計畫的領域效應,地理學報 84: 1-29. (TSSCI)

Hung, P.-Y., 2014. Frontiers as Dilemma: The Incompatible Desires for Tea Production in Southwest China. Area 46(4): 369-376. (SSCI)

Hung, P.-Y., 2013. Tea Forest in the Making: Tea Production and the Ambiguity of Modernity on China’s Southwest Frontier, Geoforum 47: 178-188. (SSCI)

Hung, P.-Y., 2005. Innovated Tradition: Transformation of Palakaw Fishing Among the Amis of Fataan, Taiwan. Tropical Resources. 24: 93-99.


Hung, P.-Y., 2015 Tea Production, Land Use Politics, and Ethnic Minorities: Struggling over Dilemmas in China’s Southwest Frontier. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter:

Hung, P.-Y. 2019.  Taiwan: Toward the Revitalisation of Smallholder Agriculture, in E. Thompson, J. Rigg, and M. Gillen (eds.) Asian Smallholders in Comparative Perspective, pp. 237-268, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

洪伯邑,2017。一葉知秋:連結常民知識與全球變遷,氣候變遷下的國家發展藍圖,林俊全、周桂田主編,81-94. 台北:國立台灣大學全球變遷中心,國立台灣大學風險社會與政策研究中心.

洪伯邑,2015。 前进与后退:中国西南边疆的古茶林,少数民族,与模棱的现代性,中国人类学第一辑,周永明主编,3-31. 北京:商务印书馆.

Invited Book Review:

洪伯邑,2017。 Philosophy comes to dinner: arguments about the ethics of eating. Edited by A. Chignell, T. Cuneo, & M. C. Halteman. New York: Routledge.中國飲食文化 13(2): 199-209. (THCI Core)

Hung, P.-Y., 2016. Besky, Sarah. The Darjeeling distinction: labor and justice on fair-trade tea plantations in India. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2014. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 22(2): 431-432. (SSCI)


洪伯邑,2019。 國家力量如何掌控土地?從耶魯政治人類學家觀點看台灣高山農業,報導者. 網址:

洪伯邑,2019。 從臺灣到南洋:泰北邊境的罌粟花、異域孤軍與臺灣茶,觀·臺灣 Watch Taiwan 41: 30-33.

洪伯邑,2018。 為什麼我們要寫「飲食新南向」?獨立評論@天下. 網址:

洪伯邑,2015。「自然」不如你想像的自然. 自由時報自由評論網. 網址:

Hung, P.-Y. & A. Popp, 2008. How to Frame a Researchable Question. In Cronon, B. Learning to Do Historical Research. Retrieved from

Hung, P.-Y. & S. Laubach, 2008. Photographic Images. In Cronon, B. Learning to Do Historical Research. Retrieved from

Hung, P.-Y. et al., 2008. How to Read a Landscape. In Cronon, B. Learning to Do Historical Research. Retrieved from

Hung, P.-Y., 2001. Introduction to the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Taiwan Watch Quarterly. 3 (1)






Relational Landscapes of Tea: Markets, the State, and Ethnic Minorities in the Place-Making of Southwest China. 2009/7-2010/6. Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. (DF007-A-09)


2012 Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertator Fellowship, Mellon Foundation and the State of Wisconsin

2011 Whitbeck Dissertator Fellowship, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2010 Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

2010 IGERT-China Associate Award, IGERT-China Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2009 2009 China Times Cultural Foundation Young Scholar Award, China Times Cultural Foundation

2009 Trewartha Research Grant, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2009 “Remaking the Developmental State” Research Grant, Center for World Affairs and Global Economy (WAGE), University of Wisconsin-Madison

2008 2008 Taiwan Ministry of Education Studying Abroad Fellowship Ministry of Education, Taiwan

2007 Global Studies Scott Kloeck-Jenson Pre-Dissertation Fellowship University of Wisconsin-Madison

2005 UW-Madison University Fellowship (with tuition waive and monthly stipend), University of Wisconsin-Madison 2004 Tropical Resources Institute Fellowship, Yale University

2004 Agrarian Studies Fellowship, Yale University

2004 School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Summer Research Award, Yale University