RESEARCH

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.