Alana Boland

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, Faculty of Arts & Science

Areas of interest

  • Environment and Development
  • Sustainability and Urban Political Economy
  • China (1950s to present)
  • Water Governance


Main Bio

My research focuses on environmental governance in urban China, infrastructure and technopolitics of water, and the environmental narratives associated with China's growing economy and changing role on the global stage. I have published on a range of related topics, including China’s urban water supply, public participation in sustainable communities, global food security, and the history of wastewater systems linking city and countryside in China’s early socialist period. My current research includes the study of state regulatory initiatives aimed at improving urban environmental conditions in contemporary China, and the analysis of the economic-environment nexus in Chinese cities during the 1950s and 60s.

Select publications

Boland, A. (2016) "From factory to field: Wastewater irrigation in China’s early socialist cities," Global Environment, 9: 219-239. ABSTRACT

Chan, K.W. and A. Boland (2016) "Cities of East Asia" In Cities of the World: Regional Patterns and Urban Environments, eds. S. Brunn, et al, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 457-499.

Boland, A. (2015) "Bakker’s Privatizing Water and the place of China’s cities," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39 (5): 1043-1056. ARTICLE

Boland A. and Zhu, J. (2012) “Public participation in China’s green communities: Mobilizing memories and structuring incentives,” Geoforum, pp.147-157. ARTICLE
(Link here to an interview with Urban China (城市中国), Vol 51 on green community research in China TEXT)

Chan, K.W. and A. Boland (2012) “Cities of East Asia,” in Stanley Brunn, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, and Donald Zeigler (eds.), Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development, 5th ed, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.  

Boland, A. (2008) "Guest Editor's Introduction: Development, sustainability and the environment in contemporary China," Asian Geographer. Table of contents

Boland A. and Zhu, J. (2008) “Boundaries and belonging in Guangzhou: Changing the nature of residential space in urban China,” in Daniere and Douglass (eds.), The Politics of Civic Space in Asia: Building urban communities, New York: Routledge, pp.134-150. BOOK DESC

Boland, A. (2007) "The trickle-down effect: Ideology and the development of premium water networks in China’s cities," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31(1): 21-40. ABSTRACT

Boland, A. and Zhu, J. (2007) 公众参与与社区公共空间的生产—对绿色社区建设的个案研究 [Public participation and the production of community public space: The case of green community construction], 《社会学研究》 [Sociological Research], 4:118-136. ARTICLE

Wang, C., Ouyang, H., Maclaren, V., Yin, Y., Shao, B., Boland, A. and Tian, Y. (2007) "Evaluation of the economic and environmental impact of converting cropland to forest: A case study in Dunhua county, China," Journal of Environmental Management. 85: 746-756. ARTICLE 

Caldwell, IM, Maclaren, VW, Chen, JM, Ju, WM, Zhou, S, Yin, Y, Boland, A (2007) "An integrated assessment model of carbon sequestration benefits: A case study of Liping county, China, Journal of Environmental Management. , 85: 757-773. ARTICLE

Boland, A. (2006) “From provision to exchange: Legalizing the market in China’s urban water supply,” in M. Dong and J. Goldstein, Everyday Modernity in China, University of Washington Press. ABSTRACT

Boland, A. (2000) “Feeding fears: Competing discourses of interdependency, sovereignty, and China’s food security,” Political Geography, 19: 55-76. ABSTRACT

Boland, A. (1998) “The Three Gorges Debate and Scientific Decision-Making in China,” China Information, Vol XIII, No. 1 (Summer), pp. 25-42. ARTICLE