Academic Staff
Dr. Delang Claudio O.

Dr. Delang Claudio O. (戴高德博士)

Assistant Professor

Development Studies,
Greater Mekong Subregion

AAB 1226
(852) 3411 2579
(852) 3411 5990


  • PhD., Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • MSc., Department of Biological Sciences, Warwick University, UK
  • BSc., Department of Geography, University of Portsmouth, UK



  • Development studies
  • Rural development
  • Political ecology
  • Ecological economics
  • Greater Mekong Subregion



Externally funded


GRF Project. ‘Use of carbon sequestration to finance reforestation of poor farmers’ marginal farmland: A case study of China’. Funded by the General Research Fund (GRF) of the Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong. Principal investigator; HK$540,000. January 2017- December 2019


GRF Project. ‘The role of forest products in the productivity of shifting cultivation systems’. Funded by the General Research Fund (GRF) of the Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong; HK$655,000; Principal Investigator. January 2010 – December 2012


GRF Project. ‘The role of NTFPs in sustainable rural development in the Lao PDR’. Funded by the General Research Fund (GRF) of the Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong; HK$ 490,292; Principal Investigator. January 2008 – December 2009


Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. Post-doctoral research grant; Yen 11,000,000. August 2004 – August 2006

Internally funded


FRG Project. ‘The Socio-Economic Impact of the Grain for Green Project in China’. Funded by the Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University; HK$150,000; Principal Investigator. June 2016 – May 2018


FRG Project. ‘The Genuine Progress Indicator of Hong Kong and Singapore’, Funded by the Faculty Research Grant (FRG), Hong Kong Baptist University; HK$42,120; Principal Investigator. July 2015 – December 2015


South China Programme Project. ‘Economic reforms and land use/land cover change in Yunnan: between centralised policy planning and local implementation’. Funded by the South China Programme, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong; HK$150,000; Principal Investigator. May 2009 – August 2011


SSP Project. ‘The hidden costs of curtailing shifting cultivation: reconsidering the significance of Non-Timber Forest Products’. Funded by the Social Science Panel, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; HK$ 34,200; Principal Investigator. April 2007 – April 2008



Delang, C.O. (2017). China’s Soil Pollution and Degradation Problems. London: Routledge


Delang, C.O. (2016). China’s Air Pollution Problems. London: Routledge


Delang, C.O. (2016). China’s Water Pollution Problems. London: Routledge


Delang C.O. and Y.H. Yu (2015) Measuring Welfare Beyond Economics: The Genuine Progress of Hong Kong and Singapore. London: Routledge


Delang, C.O. and Z. Yuan (2014) China’s Grain for Green Program: A Review of the Largest Ecological Restoration and Rural Development Program in the World. Heidelberg: Springer


Delang, C.O. and W.M. Li (2012) Ecological Succession on Fallowed Shifting Cultivation Fields. Heidelberg: Springer


Delang, C.O. (Ed.) (2003) Living at the Edge of Thai Society: the Karen in the Highlands of Northern Thailand. London: Routledge

Articles in IR Journals


Hou, G, Delang, C.O., Lu, X., Gao, L. (2020) ‘Grouping tree species to estimate afforestation-driven soil organic carbon sequestration, Plant and Soil


Hou, G, Delang, C.O., Lu, X., Olschewski, R. (2020) ‘Optimizing rotation periods of forest plantations: the effects of carbon accounting regimes’, Forest Policy and Economics 118: 102263


Hou, G., Delang, C.O., Lu, X. (2020) ‘Does slope gradient count? A meta-analysis of changes in soil organic carbon stock following slope land afforestation’, Ecological Engineering 152: 105860


Delang, C.O. (2019) ‘The Second Phase of the Grain for Green Program: Adapting the Largest Reforestation Program in the World to the New Conditions in Rural China’, Environmental Management 64(3): 303–312


Hou, G., Delang, C.O., Lu, X., Olschewski, R. (2019) ‘Valuing carbon sequestration to finance afforestation projects in China’, Forests 10(9): 754


Hou, G., Delang, C.O., Lu, X., Gao, L. (2019) ‘Soil organic carbon storage varies with plantation ages and soil depths following afforestation’, Annals of Forest Research 62(1): 3-20


Gao, L., Yang, X., Hu, H., Lu, X., Hou, G., Delang, C., Wang, X., Chen, F. (2019) 重庆市退耕还林工程实施的生态和经济效益分析 (Analysis of Ecological and Economic Benefits of Implementing the Grain for Green Project in Chongqing), Research of Soil and Water Conservation 26


Delang, C.O. (2019) ‘Media Discourses of Mekong Dams: A Thematic Analysis’, Problems of Sustainable Development 14(1): 119-130


Delang, C.O. (2018) ‘The Consequences of Soil Degradation in China: A Review’, GeoScape 12(2): 92-103


Delang, C.O. (2018) ‘The effects of China’s Grain for Green program on migration and remittance’, Agricultural and Resource Economics 18(2): 117-141


Delang, C.O. (2018) ‘Soil Pollution Prevention and Control Measures in China’, Forum Geografic 17(1): 5-13


Delang, C.O. (2018) ‘Heavy Metal Contamination of Soils in China: Standards, Geographic Distribution, and Food Safety Considerations. A Review’, Die Erde 149(2): 261-268


Delang, C.O. (2018) ‘Local Livelihoods and Global Process: Changing Livelihoods in Hong Kong’s Sai Kung Peninsula from the 16th to the 21st Century’, Miscellanea Geographica: Regional Studies on Development 22(1): 31-39


Delang, C.O. (2017) ‘Causes and Distribution of Soil Pollution in China’, Environmental & Socio-economic Studies 5(4): 1-17


Delang, C.O. (2016) ‘China’s Key Forestry Programs: Economic, Social and Ecological Rationales’, International Journal of Global Environmental Issues 15(4): 281-299


Delang, C.O. (2016) ‘Development Beyond Growth: Singapore’s Genuine Progress 1968-2014’, International Journal of Green Economics 10(1): 32-50


Delang, C.O., X. Weiyi, B. Byerley, K.P. Chun (2016) ‘The effect of fallow period length on abundance, diversity and composition of usable plant species in swidden agriculture systems of Northern Laos’, Polish Journal of Ecology 64(3): 350-356


Delang, C.O., Y.H. Yu (2014) ‘Beyond Economic Growth: The Genuine Progress of Hong Kong from 1968 to 2010’, International Journal of Sustainable Development 17(4): 387-402


Delang, C.O., W. Wang (2013) ‘Chinese forest policy reforms after 1998: The case of the Natural Forest Protection Program and Slope Land Conversion Program’, International Forestry Review 15(3): 290-304


Delang, C.O., M. Toro, M. Charlet (2013) ‘Coffee, Mines and Dams: Conflicts over Land in the Bolaven Plateau, Southern Lao PDR’, The Geographical Journal 179(2): 150–164


Delang, C.O., W.T. Cheng (2013) ‘Hong Kong people’s attitudes towards electric cars’, International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles 5(1): 15-27


Delang, C.O., W.T. Cheng (2012) ‘Consumers’ attitudes towards electric cars: A case study of Hong Kong’, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 17(7): 492-494


Delang, C.O., W. Wang (2012) ‘Chinese Forest Policies in the Age of Decentralization (1978-1998)’, International Forestry Review 14(1): 13-26


Wang, W., C.O. Delang (2011) ‘Chinese Forest Policies in the Age of Ideology (1949-1978)’, International Forestry Review 13(4): 416-430


Delang, C.O., M. Toro (2011) ‘Hydropower-Induced Displacement and Resettlement in Lao PDR’, South East Asia Research 19(3): 567-594


Delang, C.O., C.L. Ho (2010) ‘Public Housing and Poverty Concentration in Urban Neighborhoods – Case Study of Hong Kong in the 1990s’, Urban Studies 47(7): 1391-1413


Delang, C.O. (2010) ‘The New Economy of Nature: Can Carbon Pay for Nature Conservation? A Case Study of the Hong Kong Country Parks’, Ecological Economy 6(2): 191-208


Delang, C.O., Y. Ng (2009) ‘Urban Regeneration and Heritage Preservation with Public Participation: The Case of the Kai Tak Runway in Hong Kong’, The Open Geography Journal 2: 35-64


Delang, C.O., Y.H. Yu (2009) ‘Remote Sensing-Based Estimation of Carbon Sequestration in Hong Kong Country Parks from 1978 to 2004’, Open Environmental Sciences 3: 97-115


Delang, C.O., T.Y. Ling (2008) ‘Managing Wetlands: An Ecological Economic Analysis of the Hong Kong Wetland Park’, Ecological Economy 4: 440-453


Wong T., C.O. Delang, D. Schmidt-Vogt (2007) ‘What is a Forest? Competing Meanings and the Politics of Forest Classification in Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand’, Geoforum 38: 643-654


Delang, C.O. (2007) ‘Ecological Succession of Usable Plants in an Eleven-Year Fallow Cycle in Northern Laos’, Ethnobotany Research and Application 5: 331-350


Delang, C.O. (2007) ‘The Role of Medicinal Plants in the Provision of Health Care in Lao PDR’, Journal of Medicinal Plants Research 1(3): 50-59


Delang, C.O. (2006) ‘Indigenous Systems of Forest Classification: Understanding Land Use Patterns and the Role of NTFPs in Shifting Cultivator’s Subsistence Economies’, Environmental Management 37(4): 470-486


Delang, C.O. and T. Wong (2006) ‘The Livelihood-Based Forest Classification System of the Pwo Karen in Western Thailand’, Mountain Research and Development 26(2): 138-145


Delang, C.O. (2006) ‘The Role of Wild Food Plants in Poverty Alleviation and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Countries’, Progress in Development Studies 6(4): 275-286


Delang, C.O. (2006) ‘Not Just Minor Forest Products: the Economic Rationale for the Consumption of Wild Food Plants by Subsistence Farmers’, Ecological Economics 59: 64-73


Delang, C.O. (2005) ‘Economic Valuation of Non-Marketed Wild Edible Plants in Thailand’, Environmental Conservation 32(4): 285-287


Delang, C.O. (2005) ‘The Market for Medicinal Plants in Sapa and Hanoi, Vietnam’, Economic Botany 59(4): 377-385


Delang, C.O. (2005) ‘The Political Ecology of Deforestation in Thailand, 1840s – 1990s’, Geography 90(3): 225-237


Delang, C.O. (2002) ‘Deforestation in Northern Thailand: the Result of Hmong Swidden Farming Practices or Thai Development Strategies?’ Society and Natural Resources 15(6): 483-501


Book chapters


Shackleton, C., C.O. Delang, S. Shackleton, P. Shanley (2011) ‘Non-timber forest products: Concept and definitions’ in S. Shackleton, C. Shackleton, P. Shanley (Eds.) Non-Timber Forest Products in the Global Context, Heidelberg: Springer, Ch. 1


Shackleton, S., C.O. Delang, A. Angelsen (2011) ‘From subsistence to safety nets and cash income: Exploring the diverse value of non-timber forest products in livelihoods and poverty alleviation’ in S. Shackleton, C. Shackleton, P. Shanley (Eds.) Non-Timber Forest Products in the Global Context, Heidelberg: Springer, Ch. 3


Delang, C.O. (2003) ‘Social Realities, Opportunities and Constraints for the Economic Adaptation to Government Intervention’ in C.O. Delang (Ed.) Living at the Edge of Thai Society: the Karen in the Highlands of Northern Thailand, London: Routledge (pp. 155-182)

Encyclopedia contributions


Delang, C.O. (2012) ‘Deforestation’ in S.G.  Philander (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, 2nd Edition, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications


Delang, C.O. (2009) ‘Burma Peace Foundation’ and ‘Burma Project’, in J.P. Rodriguez (Ed.) Slavery in the Modern World: A History of Political, Social, and Economic Oppression, Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO


Delang, C.O. (2008) ‘Deforestation’ in S.G.  Philander (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Delang, C.O. (2005) ‘Benin’, ‘Ivory Coast’ and ‘Gambia’ in R.W. McColl (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of World Geography, New York: Golson Books


Delang, C.O. (2004) ‘Agricultural Involution’, ‘Appropriate Technology’, ‘Dollarisation’, ‘Landlocked Developing Countries’, ‘Médecins sans Frontières’, ‘Monoculture’, ‘Mortality’, ‘Precautionary Principle’, and ‘World Health Organization’, in T. Forsyth (Ed.) The Routledge Encyclopedia of International Development, London: Routledge

Book reviews


Delang, C.O. (2008) Review of Peter Boomgaard, David Henley and Manon Osseweijer (Eds.) (2005) ‘Muddied Waters: Historical And Contemporary Perspectives on Management of Forests And Fisheries in Island Southeast Asia’, Leiden: Kitlv Press, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 29(1): 107-109


Delang, C.O. (2006) Review of K.S. Jomo, Y.T. Chang and K.J. Khoo (2004) ‘Deforesting Malaysia: The political economy and Social Ecology of Agricultural Expansion and Commercial Logging’, London: Zed Books, Journal of Forestry 104(8): 439


Delang, C.O. (2005) Review of James David Fahn (2003) ‘A Land on Fire: the Environmental Consequences of the Southeast Asian Boom’, Oxford: Westview Press, Asia Pacific Viewpoint 46(3): 342-343


Delang, C.O. (2005) Review of Lester Brown (2003) ‘Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble’, London: W. W. Norton, Asian Journal of Water, Environment and Pollution 2(1): 123-124


Delang, C.O. (2004) Review of Richard H. Robbins (2002) ‘Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism’ London: Allyn & Bacon, European Spatial Research and Policy 11(1): 175

Photo essays


Delang, C.O. (2008) ‘Keeping the Spirit Alive: Rice Whiskey Production in Northern Lao PDR’, Ethnobotany Research and Application 6: 459-470


Delang, C.O. (2006) ‘Bamboo Paper Production and Religious Use by the Lanten Yao of Northern Laos’, Ethnobotany Research and Application 4: 97-102