Dr Hongzhang Xu

B.E. (Hons); MS (Research)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Science Institute, COS, ANU
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified 450699
  • Global Indigenous Studies Environmental Knowledges And Management 451902
  • Global Indigenous Studies Sciences 451905
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Environmental Impact Assessment 050204
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Environmental Engineering 0907
  • Environment Policy 160507
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Research, Science And Technology Policy 160511
  • Political Science 1606
  • Other Mathematical Sciences 4999

Research interests

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mathematics and science 


Circular economy

China studies

Climate change adaptation

Climate change mitigation

Dams, weirs and hydropower development

Just energy transitions

Environmental justice

Freshwater biodiversity and fisheries 

Integrated water management


Normative resilience

Sustainable rural development

Sustainability transitions 

Wastewater treatment 


Hong Xu is a researcher, advocate and doer of transdisciplinary research and cross-culture communication. Hong's research considers how our societies can adapt to and benefit from changes based on the underlying power relations and cultural values that are integral to social change and to the institutional dynamics that mediate human-environment and human-human relations. His current studies focus on investigating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mathematics and sciences. Hong is also interested in global Indigenous Sciences, sustainable natural resource management, trade-offs issues between conservation and development, as well as just transitions to achieve carbon neutral and sustainable development. Hong leads research in cutting-edge transdisciplinary studies, including just transition, policy analytics, sustainable rural development, digital currency, performance legitimacy and social media analysis.

Hong Xu is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Institute and a Ph.D. scholar at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University (from October 2018). He undertook studies in environmental management and sustainable governance at The Australian National University and was award a Master of Environment (advanced) in September 2018. Also, he undertook studies in environmental engineering at Renmin University of China and was awarded a B.E. (Hons) in June 2016. 



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