SUSTech – UEA Joint PhD Programme for Entry in September 2021

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SUSTech – UEA Joint PhD Programme for Entry in September 2021

Programme Introduction

One or two 4-year PhD vacancies are offered for entry in September 2021 in the fields of water governance and hydropolitics by the joint PhD programme hosted by Center for Social Science of Southern University of Science and Technology, China (SUSTech) and School of International Development of the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The candidate will spend the first year and the last half year in UEA and the rest of the candidacy (two and half years) in SUSTech. After successfully defending the doctoral thesis, the candidate will obtain the degree from UEA. Details of SUSTech’s joint PhD programmes are available via the following link: (Chinese).

About the Universities

SUSTech is a public university, founded in the lush hills of Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China, in 2010. SUSTech seeks to become an international high-level research university that gathers first-class faculty and nurtures top-notch innovative talents. In ten years, it has become one of the top 10 mainland Chinese universities according to the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings 2021 (

UEA is a public research university in Norwich, England. An internationally renowned university, it offers academic and social facilities of the highest quality. UEA recently received Gold, the highest rating in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) – the Government’s new method of assessing the teaching delivered by higher education providers. It is consistently ranked in the top 15 of UK university league tables such as The Times/Sunday Times 2019. (


Raymond Yu Wang (

Dr. Raymond Yu Wang holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Beijing Normal University (2007), an MPhil in Natural Resources Management from Renmin University of China (2009), and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hong Kong (2014). Prior to joining SUSTech, he was an associate professor in the School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University and a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Wang’s research areas include political geography, water governance, environmental politics, political ecology, and common-pool resources. His work focuses on the political processes, institutional dynamics and social relationships in natural resources and environmental governance, with a particular interest in water issues such as irrigation institutions, urban and regional water conflicts and transboundary waters. Dr. Wang has successfully obtained funding from external sources such as the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Education and the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province. His publications have appeared in reputable journals such as Regulation & Governance, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Ecology & Society, Land Use Policy. He has also served in the editorial board of Water Alternatives as well as several academic organizations such as the Political Geography and Geo-relations Committee of the Geographical Society of China, the Chinese Association for Administrative Division and Regional Development Promotion, the Center for Chinese Geo-relational Research and the Center for Chinese Public Administration Research.

Jessica Budds (

Dr. Jessica Budds is a human geographer with an interdisciplinary background in environment and development and a regional specialism in Latin America. The overall aim of her work is to engage political ecology to understand the nature and dynamics of socio-ecological change in the global South and its relationship with poverty and social exclusion. Much of her work focuses on water politics and governance. Dr. Budds hold a MA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow, a MSc in Environmental Issues in Latin America from the University of London, and a DPhil in Geography from the University of Oxford. She joined UEA in 2013 with 18 years’ experience of academic and policy research, five of which have been spent in South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru).  She also has field experience in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia. Before joining UEA, Dr. Budds was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography and Development Studies at the University of Manchester, and a Lecturer in the Geography Departments at the Open University and the University of Reading. At UEA, She is a member of the UEA Water Security Research Centre, for which she served as Director from 2014 to 2017.

Funding and fees

Full studentships will be provided for the candidate both at SUSTech and UEA according to each university’s standard rates or the latest policy. The scholarship is up to 4 years.


  1. A master’s degree in a relevant social science subject, such as human geography, sociology, political science, anthropology, public administration, etc.
  2. Good records in grades, academic training, and relevant research experience.
  3. Strong interest and motivation in conducting research in the field of water governance and hydropolitics, preferably in East or South East Asia.
  4. Good communication skills and team work spirit.
  5. Good proficiency in English (essential) and Chinese (desirable).
  6. Other requirements set by the graduate schools of SUSTech and UEA


If interested, the applicant is advised to contact Dr. Raymond Yu Wang ( and Dr. Jessica Budds ( before submitting the formal application.

The formal application at SUSTech is due on 18:00 local time (GMT+8) on 1 November 2020.


  1. Application forms can be downloaded via
  2. All the information is subject to regulations in SUSTech’s official website and notice (