Dongyang Mi


Personal profile


Dongyang Mi is a President's Doctoral Researcher at the University of Manchester, while he is PhD Candidate in the joint-PhD programme under the GOLDEN (Global Doctoral Research Network) Partnerships through the Universities of Manchester and Melbourne. He is the associated researcher/assistant at Susinfra and the Cottonopolis Collective Project. He is/was also a Teaching Assistant and UG Tutor at School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), University of Manchester. He is a member of the Society and Environment Research Group (SERG) and the Cities, Politics and Economies Research Group (CPEG) at the University of Manchester; Asia Institute(AI) and Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies(CCCS) at the University of Melbourne.

He is completing the PhD research project examining sustainable transitions of practices, infrastructures, and dynamic socio-material patterns of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation across Chinese cities, supervised by Dr Alison Browne, Prof. Deljana Iossifova, Dr Saska Petrova (Manchester) and Dr Sarah Rogers, Prof. Mark Wang (Melbourne). His main research interests lie at the intersection of Water Sanitation and Hygiene(WASH), sustainable practices and infrastructure, urban governance and transformation in Chinese and other Global South cities. 

Dongyang Mi is also an architect, urbanist and designer, and urban researcher based in the UK, China, and Australia. Before joining the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne, he was a Research Assistant at the department of urban and rural planning affiliated with Hunan University, China. Dongyang holds an MA degree from RCA (Royal College of Art, London, UK), BA and BEng in HUST (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China). 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, City Design, Royal College of Art


Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Design, Huazhong (Central China) University Of Science & Technology


Bachelor of Engineering, Architecture, Huazhong (Central China) University Of Science & Technology


External positions

Associated Researcher, Sustainable Infrastructures (SusInfra)

20 Sept 2021 → …

Joint PhD researcher , University of Melbourne

20 Sept 2021 → …

Research Assistant, Hunan University

1 May 2021 → …

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • Human Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • urban transformation


  • water, sanitation and hygiene
  • urban studies
  • practices
  • infrastructures
  • Global South
  • China
  • Sustainable development