Dr. CHU Vivian

BSc, MSc (UCL), PhD (HKU)
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Dr. Vivian Chu is a lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Geography) and a Master of Science (Environment, Science and Society) from the University College London. She received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in environmental policy, collaborative governance and sustainability. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of policy entrepreneurs in cross-boundary environmental management in Southern China. Vivian’s recent research revolves around the themes of commoning in the peri-urban, sustainable behaviour and policy tools, as well as sustainability assessment. Dr. Chu teaches a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses on environmental policy and sustainability, some of which with a specific focus on energy sustainability and social entrepreneurship. She is a Fellow of Advance HE, the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education.

2011–2016The University of Hong Kong
PhD (Geography)
2009–2010University College London
MSc Environment, Science and Society
2006-2009University College London
BSc Geography
Professional & Community Services
2022-presentThe University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance


2020-2022The University of Hong Kong
Centre for Civil Society and Governance
Assistant Lecturer


2016-2019The University of Hong Kong
Faculty of Social Sciences
Policy for Sustainability Lab
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Governing Green Transitions (GOGREEN)

Forest Village – Mui Tsz Lam and Kop Tong sustainable village programme

Selected Publication

Chu, V. H., Lam, W. F., & Williams, J. M. (2023). Building robustness for rural revitalization: A social-ecological system perspective. Journal of Rural Studies101, 103042.

Chu V.H.Y., Law W.W.Y., Williams J.M. (2022). Advocacy coalitions in rural revitalisation: the roles of policy brokers and policy learning, Environmental Science and Policy, 136: 9-18.

Williams J.M., Chu V.H.Y*., Lam W.F. and Law W.W.Y. (2021). Revitalising Rural Communities, SpringerBriefs on Case Studies of Sustainable Development, Singapore: Springer (*corresponding author)

Chu, Vivian H. Y., & Lee, Anna K. Y. (2019). Institutional Obstacles and Opportunities for Policy Entrepreneurship in Cross-Border Environmental Management: a case study in China’s Greater Pearl River Delta region. Asian Geographer, 1-19.

Chu, Vivian H.Y. (27 Jun – 28 Jun, 2018) Cross-sector collaboration and the reconciliation of paradoxes: the building of system robustness in the attainment of rural sustainability. Paper presented at the ARNOVA-Asia Conference on ‘Evolving Government-Third Sector Relations in Asia’ at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chu, Vivian H.Y. (5 Apr – 7 Apr, 2018) Collaborative Governance for Rural Sustainability: A study of the foundation of system robustness. Paper presented at the Conference on ‘Rethinking Cross-sector Social Innovation’ at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, The University of Harvard, United States.

Lee, Frederick and Chu, Vivian H.Y. (2017), Policy Entrepreneurship, Policy Diffusion and Transboundary Environmental Regulations: Evidence from Southern China, Mondes en Developpement, Vol. 45, pp. 13-27.

Chu, Vivian H. Y. (2017), Policy Entrepreneurship and the Management of Transboundary Externalities in the Greater Pearl River Delta Region, Ph.D. Thesis, The University of Hong Kong.

Chu, Vivian H.Y. and Lee, Frederick (4 Nov – 7 Nov, 2014) Marine emission control in the Greater Pearl River Delta Region in Southern China: the impacts and limits of policy entrepreneurship in a cross-boundary setting. Paper presented at the ‘14th International conference BRIT (Border Regions in Transition) The Border, a Source of Innovation at the University of Artois, Arras, France, and the Catholic University of Louvain, Mons, Belgium.

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