Assistant Lecturer

Dr. WILLIAMS Jessica Marie

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Dr. Jessica Williams is an assistant lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She holds an LLB in Law from the University of Exeter and a Master of Science (International Relations) from Cardiff University. She received a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the University of Hong Kong.


Her research interests lie in environmental policy, collaborative governance and sustainability. Her doctoral research focused on the transboundary water security issues in South and Southeast Asia, in particular, the governance and management of the major river systems originating from the Tibetan Plateau.  Her current focus is on the governance of rural areas and communities, policy design and the commons, with a focus on sustainability issues, in the peri-urban context.


She lectures on topics related to environmental policy, energy governance, globalisation and sustainability at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

2014-2020The University of Hong Kong
2011-2012Cardiff University
MscEcon, International Relations
2007-2011The University of Exeter
LLB, Law
Professional & Community Services


Rural revitalisation: HSBC Rural sustainability programmes (Lai Chi Wo and AIRI), Forest village (rural stewardship) –

LABGOV ( Hong Kong and the urban commons.

Social innovation incubation for sustainability

Lok Ma Chau-MTR Partnership project

Meta change for good initiative with CCSG: Nudging for sustainable behaviour through immersive technology

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 Studies, 101, 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. (2022) Murky waters: the future of transboundary water governance in South and Southeast Asia. The International Journal of River Basin Management 1-11

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

Williams J.M. (2020). Is three a crowd? River basin institutions and the governance of the Mekong River. International Journal of Water Resources Development. DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2019.1700779

Williams J.M. (2020). The challenge of multilateralism on the Ganges River. Water Policy 22(2):153-176

Williams J.M. (2020). Discourse inertia and the governance of transboundary rivers in Asia. Earth Systems Governance DOI:10.1016/j.esg.2019.100041

Williams, J.M. (2019). The hydropower myth. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 27(12):12882-12888 DOI:10.1007/s11356-019-04657-6

Williams, J.M. (2019) Transboundary Water Management of the Indus River: A Repetitive Cycle. In: Sun R., Fei L. (eds) Sustainable Development of Water and Environment. ICSDWE 2019. Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Cham. pp. 137-152

Williams, J.M. (2019). Emerging costs of China’s belt and road strategy for transboundary water in south and southeast Asia. International Journal of Energy and Water Resources 3(2):81-92

Williams J.M. (2018) Stagnant rivers: transboundary water security in South and Southeast Asia. Water 10(12):1819

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