SOAS University of London

SOAS scholars’ new volume explores China’s hydropower development

28 November 2017

Dr Frauke Urban, Reader in Environment and Development, and Dr Giuseppina Siciliano, Research Fellow, both from the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) at SOAS University of London have published a new book on Chinese Hydropower Development.

In recent years, both Chinese overseas investments and hydropower development have been topics of increasing interest and research, with Chinese stakeholders acting as financiers, developers, builders and sub-contractors of large dams overseas.

Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia explores the governance and socio-economic implications of large Chinese dams’ development in low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa and asks whether and how these big infrastructure projects could contribute to more sustainable local and national development in the recipient countries.

The book first discusses general aspects of Chinese involvement in hydropower development in Africa and Asia, looking at political and economic aspects, before presenting selected case studies from large dams built and financed by Chinese actors in Asia and Africa. Based on these results, the book further makes recommendations on how to improve the planning, implementation and governance of large dams for more accountable global dam-building.