Personal profile


Zhiqiang is a PhD researcher in Environment and Development at the Global Development Institute (GDI). 

Zhiqiang is interested in social-ecological relations between human interventions, environmental change, and sustainable rural development in the Global South, particularly in Southeast Asia. He works in the conservation, mega-infrastructure corridor and sustainable livelihoods acorss Southeast Asia and China. His research themes include wildlife conservation, forest livelihoods, the social-ecological effects of mega-infrastructure corridors, natural resources for rural livelihood, and sustainable rural livelihoods in Laos. 

Zhiqiang is interested in how infrastructure development impacts rural livelihoods, sustainability and conservation in the Global South. He is affiliating with the National University of Laos as a visiting scholar. He currently researching about China-Laos Infrastructure Corridor (i.e. China-Laos Railway) and the sustainable rural livelihoods in Northern Laos. 

Teaching (GTA)

Development Fieldtrip in Uganda

Global Development Challange

Migrant, Mobilities and displacement

Human Resources Practice (1)

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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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)
  • Social and Environment
  • Conservation
  • Environment and Development
  • Infrastructure corridor

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute