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Dr Oliver Hensengerth

Associate Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Oliver Hensengerth

Oliver joined Northumbria University's Department of Social Sciences in January 2012. Before joining Northumbria, he worked for the Universities of Southampton, Warwick and Essex and won a 2-year post-doc fellowship (Transatlantic Postdoc Fellowship for International Relations and Security) hosted by SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, IEEI Lisbon, and Chatham House London. Oliver also conducted consulting work for a UK-based NGO and for Germany’s GIZ. He works on water governance, transboundary water cooperation, flooding, and environmental and social questions in (Chinese) hydropower investment. His geographical interest is in China, continental Southeast Asia, the Mekong River Basin, Cambodia, Vietnam and Ghana. 

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Campus Address

Lipman 312
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  • International Politics PhD September 01 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Scalar water politics and competing development visions in China’s transboundary Himalayan river basins: what role for international water law?, Hensengerth, O. 2020, In: Journal of Water Law
  • Emerging environmental multi-level governance in China? Environmental protests, public participation and local institution-building, Hensengerth, O., Lu, Y. 1 Apr 2019, In: Public Policy and Administration
  • Governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Related to Hydropower on Shared Rivers—The Role of Regional Organizations, Dombrowsky, I., Hensengerth, O. 18 Dec 2018, In: Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • South-South technology transfer: who benefits? A case study of the Chinese-built Bui dam in Ghana, Hensengerth, O. Mar 2018, In: Energy Policy
  • China’s Investment in African Hydropower: How to Govern the Water-Energy-Nexus? Evidence from the Bui Dam in Ghana, Hensengerth, O. 31 Aug 2017, Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Global Dam-Building, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Place Attachment and Community Resistance, Hensengerth, O. 8 Sep 2017, Water Governance and Collective Action:, Abingdon, Taylor & Francis
  • Regionalism, Identity, and Hydropower Dams, Hensengerth, O. Dec 2017, In: Journal of Current Chinese Affairs
  • Water Governance in the Mekong Basin: Scalar Tradeoffs, Transnational Norms and Chinese Hydropower Investment, Hensengerth, O. Jan 2017, Chinese Encounters in Southeast Asia: How People, Money, and Ideas from China Are Changing a Region, Seattle, University of Washington Press
  • Global Norms in Domestic Politics: Environmental Norm Contestation in Cambodia’s Hydropower Sector, Hensengerth, O. 20 Feb 2015, In: The Pacific Review
  • Multi-level governance of hydropower in China? The problem of transplanting a Western concept into the Chinese governance context, Hensengerth, O. 2015, Multi-level governance: The missing linkages, Bingley, Emerald

PGR Supervision

  • Angelica Ribichini Start: 18/01/2021
  • Benita Siloko Start: 01/10/2019
  • April McAlpine Finding the Fountain: Neoliberalism and the possibility of alternatives for water provision in Tamil Nadu Start: 12/03/2014

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