Small is Beautiful: Dam Construction and the Hydropolitics of Energy Development in Yunnan, China


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants




This research investigates the various implications associated with the drive to create energy at the local-scale in Southwest Yunnan. Centering on the village of Dimaluo in the Nujiang Valley region, the project examines how small-scale energy development projects socially and economically influence local people's everyday life. Subsequently analyses examine how these projects reshape state-society dynamics in peripheral China. New insights generated as a result of this research will be used to further understand the broader implications of uneven development and wealth disparities throughout China.