student profile: Ms Ming Li Yong


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Thesis work

Thesis title: Spaces of participation: hydropower governance in the Lower Mekong River Basin

Supervisors: Robert FISHER , Josephine GILLESPIE

Thesis abstract:

This thesis examines how spaces of public participation have emerged from, and have in turn influenced the environmental governance of mainstream hydropower dams on the Lower Mekong River. Through an examination of the Mekong River Commission's (MRC) regional Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) and their application to mainstream hydropower dams in Laos, this research will trace how the regional PNPCA guidelines, and specifically the public consultation components within them, have been implemented by the Thai and Cambodian National Mekong Committees. This will delve into how 'publics' are created through the multi-sited and mutli-scalar processes of governance through the PNPCA, how spaces of participation are performed within the PNPCA, and how civil society and riparian communities challenge state-led spaces of public participation in their pursuit for justice, transparency, and accountability through forging innovative participatory spaces of their own.

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