Prof. Marie Harder (MKH) is a China National Thousand Talents professor at Fudan University, one of the top 5 universities in China and an affiliated member of the UK Tyndall Centre. She is welcoming non-Chinese nationals with excellent English writing and speaking ability to apply for PhD positions in China, which are eligible for the China government scholarships which cover all costs and fees (except flights) for 3-5 years of study. However, many documents will need to be prepared and submitted by the deadline of February 19th, 2017: only determined people should apply.

The follwoing are the PhD positions that are to be funded:


The deadline is February 19th 2017.

Students can directly approach faculty who are certified as PhD supervisors (see Faculty) and follow the normal application process, but Prof Harder is also personally coordinating the recruitment of students, with assistance of Prof. Wang Yutao to be co-supervised by herself and another professor, or herself plus a junior faculty member, across a range of topics:

  • (with Dr. Liu, PingYang)

Values-based approaches to environmental valuation

Shared values (many sub-topics possible)

Models of participation for common pool resource management

Oral history studies of Chinese water towns: changing human-water, human-land, and individual-community connections.

Development of Community Supported Agriculture, natural farming and organic farming (China focus)

Community mechanisms and collective action for common pool resource management (China focus)

Rural community restoration in the context of rapid urbanization


  • (with Dr. Jiang, Ping)

Environmental sustainable development with co-benefits approach
Low carbon sustainability: climate change, environmental management, energy saving technologies and social behaviour.
Low carbon management systems for low carbon communities


  • (with Prof. Wang YuTao)

Industrial ecology,

environmental management and policy,

natural capital and management,

circular economy


  • (with Dr. Huang, Wenfang)

Waste management: public policy and implementation for cities

Value chains in domestic waste

Incentives for behaviour change for residential waste


  • (with Dr. Zhang, Yi)

Treatment of toxic and recalcitrant industrial wastewaters

Aerobic granular sludge process

Value-added products from waste materials


  • (to be led by Prof. Wang, XiangRong)

Urban Eco-Planning & Design

Complex urban systems

Urban Environmental Studies


  • (to be led by Prof. Ma, Weichun)

Environmental Modelling,

Geographical Information Systems,

Strategic Environmental Assessment 


  • (With Dr. He Jia and input from Prof. Bao, Cunkuan)

Strategic Environmental Assessment (focus on China)

Public participation in environmental planning (focus on China)

Theory and Mode of Collaborative Strategic Environmental AssessmentCo-SEA


  • (With Dr. Yang Xiaoying)

Strategic Environment watershed pollution control

climate change and water security

water system modelling


  • (led by Prof. Harder, MK)

(the following topics require very independent candidates as supervision overlap time will be less than usual. See for more details)

Values-based approaches for organisational change

Design thinking for sustainable development

Community-based development

Models of public participation in development

Theories underpinning the values-based approach of WeValue

Formal Mixed Methods in WeValue approaches

 The use of values-based approaches for impact and legacy evaluation