The Michael Webber Doctoral Prize in Geography

Ms Elissa Waters

Elissa's PhD is in Political Geography and focuses on investigating state-society relations in the context of disasters, using American Samoa as a case study. In the future she hopes to continue this work in comparison with other places across the Pacific and Asia.


Ms Xiao Han

Xiao says her:
"PhD is to characterize the political interpretations and practical effects of the Going-Out of China's dam construction industry, particularly in Africa, using the Bui Hydroelectric Project in Ghana to illustrate. I have mainly finished my fieldwork in China and currently conducting the part in Ghana. After this, I will continue to data analysis and put more efforts on publication. In a long-term view, I hope to pursue an academic career, enlarging my vision and deepening my understanding in the political economy about China in Africa."

Presented by: Professor Emeritus Michael Webber
Presented on: Wednesday 29 July 2015

Established in 2013 by colleagues, past students and family members of Professor Emeritus Michael Webber to commemorate his expert supervision and sustained support of PhD candidates in Geography. The award celebrates his visionary leadership and development of Geography at Melbourne as a former Chair and Head of Department.

Michael Webber is an internationally renowned economic geographer and scholar of China.