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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


I am an Assistant Professor with joint appointments at the Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. I am also a Research Fellow at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and an Associate Editor for the journal Energy for Sustainable Development. Previously, I held research and teaching positions at the University of Cambridge and was a visiting scholar at Seoul National University. My research interests are in energy policy, environmental policy, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development and I have also consulted on a wide range of issues for the World Bank, among other institutions. I hold a BSc (Hons) from the University of Warwick and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. 


Energy policy; environmental policy; climate change adaptation; sustainable development


Key publications: 

2018 (forthcoming). Indigenous communities, ICT and rural development: Case studies in Tanzania and Sarawak, Malaysia. In P.B. Anand et al. (ed.) The Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies. Oxford University Press.

2018 (forthcoming). Do voluntary commons associations deliver sustainable grazing outcomes? An empirical study of England (with S. Larcom). Environmental and Resource Economics.

2018 (forthcoming). Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food (with S. McGrane et al.). The Geographical Journal.

2018. Achieving universal energy access and rural development through smart villages (with C. Canales Holzeis et al.). Energy for Sustainable Development 43: 139-142.

2017. Indigenous community preferences for electricity services: Evidence from a choice experiment in Sarawak, Malaysia (with C. Canales Holzeis et al.). Energy Policy 108: 102-110.

2017. Regulating the water-energy-food nexus: Interdependencies, transaction costs and procedural justice (with S. Larcom). Environmental Science and Policy 72: 55-64.

2016. Insights from an energy poor Rwandan village (with C. Canales Holzeis et al.) Energy for Sustainable Development 32: 121-129.

2016. Precolonial institutions and deforestation in Africa (with S. Larcom et al.) Land Use Policy 51: 150-161.

2014. Rural electrification and development in South Korea. Energy for Sustainable Development 23: 179-187.

2014. The role of state institutions in non-timber forest product commercialisation: A case study of Tricholoma matsutake in South Korea. International Forestry Review 16: 1-13.

2014. Community-based management of Tricholoma matsutake: A case study of South Korean mountain villages. International Journal of the Commons 8: 134-154.

2013. The economic contribution of non-timber forest products to South Korean mountain villager livelihoods. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 22: 156-169.

Dr Terry  van Gevelt