Carly Teng is a doctoral student at the Department of Political Science. She holds a Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Policy Studies from the University of British Columbia as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Simon Fraser University. Her current research examines Chinese investments and construction projects in Southeast Asia; more precisely, Carly analyzes the social relations between the temporary Chinese foreign migrant workers and local communities. She is interested in participatory research action methods, feminist international political economy and feminist political ecology. Before starting her PhD at York University, Carly worked in Lao PDR as a gender mainstreaming advisor for an international NGO and as a program officer at the Office of the Canadian Embassy in Vientiane. In addition, she was actively engaged with grassroots women’s organizations in South Korea working in solidarity on the “comfort women” issue and with Filipina migrant workers in military camp towns.
Keywords: Gender; feminism; international political economy; feminist political ecology; natural resources; hydropower dams; Chinese investments; large-scale construction projects; China; Lao PDR; Southeast Asia; water governance