Ming Li Yong


PhD Candidate

Room 478
Madsen Building F09
School of Geosciences

Dr. Robert Fisher

Associate Supervisor:
Dr. Josephine Gillespie

Area of Interest

PhD: Producing scales of resistance: Transboundary community-based responses and resistance to mainstream Lower Mekong Basin hydropower dams

Ming Li’s research interests are in the environmental politics arising from hydropower development on the Mekong River. Her PhD research will look at the responses and strategies that selected Lower Mekong Basin riparian communities employ within and across national boundaries, in their efforts to avert the potentially damaging transboundary social, economic, and cultural impacts of mainstream hydropower development.

Ming Li holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences and a Master of Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Her Masters thesis titled “Rethinking the Mekong River as a Common Pool Resource: The Territorialisation of Nature in Chiang Khong, Thailand” was awarded by NUS the Wang Gungwu Medal and Prize for the Best Masters Thesis in the Social Sciences/Humanities.

She is a recipient of the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship and the Australian Postgraduate Award.


Journal Articles

  • Grundy-Warr, C., Sithirith, M., and Yong, M.L. (2014) Volumes, fluidity and flows: Rethinking the ‘nature’ of political geography. Political Geography, 45, 93-95
  • Yong, M.L. and Grundy-Warr, C. (2012) Tangled nets of discourse and turbines of development: Lower Mekong mainstream dam debates. Third World Quarterly, 33 (6), 1037-1058
  • Book Reviews
  • Yong, M.L. (2012) Spatial Politics and Economic Development in the Mekong Sub-region by Vaddhanaphuti, C. and Jirattikorn, A. (eds), reviewed in Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 33 (2), 275-277
  • Conference Presentations
  • ‘From State Relations to Social Relations on the Mekong Transboundary Commons: Seeing Like a State, Seeing Like a Chao Baan/Neak Tonle.’ Presented at the 3rd International Conference on International Relations and Development, 22-23 August 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
  • ‘Riverscapes as Trans-borderscapes: A Case Study of the Mekong River.’ Presented with Dr. Carl Grundy-Warr at The XII International Scientific Meeting on Border Regions in Transition (BRIT), 13-16 November 2012, Fukuoka, Japan/Busan, South Korea