Joint-PhD and Sustainability Research Project
I am glad to be a joint-PhD researcher between Universität Hamburg and Macquarie University, and also participate in the research project Sustainable Energy Landscapes and Climate Transformation of Urban Systems, within the Trilateral Network.
I am thankful for the opportunities to visit Fudan University in Shanghai in 2016 for our project meeting, organise an international conference in Hamburg in 2017, and, particularly, have a research stay aboard at Macquarie University as part of my joint-PhD since 2017. This international research exposure definitely benefits my doctoral research as it allows me to present my research and obtain feedback from experts in the field. As an early-career researcher, this is also a special experience to work closely with many senior researchers and develop my research network.
If I have to pick one favourite experience, I would go for the teaching experience I got at Macquarie. One unit I was teaching is called Environmental Management for a Changing World. I was a tutor for a class of 20 Bachelor students, in which we discussed human interactions with the environment through the lens of sustainability and connectivity. That 12-week was an amazing experience that I could share my insights on sustainability development from Germany/ Europe (where I study my master and now my PhD) and Hong Kong/ Asia (where I originally come from) to the students. At the same time, I also learnt a lot on what is happening in Australia from the students. This would not happen without the support from Macquarie, as well as the Trilateral Network – I really appreciate that.
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