Skip navigation

Dr Oliver Hensengerth

Associate Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Oliver joined Northumbria University in January 2012. Before joining Northumbria, he was a Lecturer in China and Global Politics at the University of Southampton and taught at the Universities of Warwick and Essex. He also won a 2-year post-doc fellowship (Transatlantic Postdoc Fellowship for International Relations and Security) hosted by SAIS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, IEEI Lisbon, and Chatham House London. Furthermore, Oliver conducted consulting work for London-based Global Witness and for Germany’s GIZ.

Oliver’s research rests on two pillars: firstly, the rise of China in global development, with a focus on Chinese investment in water infrastructure; and secondly water governance, including transboundary water cooperation, water-energy-food nexus, floods and droughts, and hydropower. Conceptually, he is interested in questions of environmental justice, relationships between water and identity, multilevel governance, and governance across scales. Oliver teaches across programmes in International Relations, Geography and and Global Development and supervises PhD students in the above research areas. Oliver is a member of the Northumbria Centre for Global Development (www.northumbria.ac.uk/cid).

Oliver Hensengerth

Campus Address

Lipman 312
City Campus
Newcastle
NE1 8ST

Oliver works at the intersection of international relations and international development. Having been trained as a political scientist, Oliver’s work is interdisciplinary. He has been collaborating closely with colleagues from engineering, physical and human geography, or sociology in projects funded by the British Academy, GCRF, Newton Fund, and others. He has published extensively in international high impact journals in the areas of environmental and water governance.

Oliver's research rests on two pillars: firstly, the rise of China in global development, with a focus on Chinese investment in water infrastructure such as hydropower in countries of the global South; and secondly water governance, including transboundary water cooperation, water-energy-food nexus, floods and droughts, and hydropower. Conceptually, he is interested in questions of environmental justice, relationships between water and identity, multilevel governance, and governance across scales.

Oliver is currently a co-investigator in the GCRF Research Hub Living Deltas, led by Newcastle University (2019-2024). Recently expired projects include: British Council COP26 Trilateral Research Initiative Integrated Strategies for Water Resources Risk Management in the ASEAN Region under Climate Uncertainty: A Needs Assessment, led by Southampton University (2021-2022); Newton-NERC Viet Nam: Slow Onset Hazard Interactions with Enhanced Drought and Flood Extremes in an At-Risk Mega Delta, led by Southampton University (2019-2021).

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Building resilience in South and Southeast Asian mega-deltas, Walton, R., Salgado, J., Bisht, T., Large, A., Henderson, A., Renaud, F., Hensengerth, O., Van, P., Cremin, E., Murshed, S., Chowdhury, A., Le, H., O'Connor, J., Vu, A., Banerjee, S. 1 Jan 2024, Resilience and Riverine Landscapes, Amsterdam, Elsevier
  • How to promote sustainability? The challenge of strategic spatial planning in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, Hensengerth, O., Lam, T., Tri , V., Hutton, C., Darby, S. Jan 2024, In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Inclusive governance of hydropower on shared rivers? Toward an international legal geography of the Lower Mekong basin, Hensengerth, O. 29 Feb 2024, In: Frontiers in Climate
  • Checklist for Assessing the international law applicable to transboundary hydropower, Adjei, B., Daza Vargas, A., Devlaeminck, D., Hensengerth, O., Kasimbazi, E., Lingjie, K., McIntyre, O., Rieu-Clarke, A., Spijkers, O., Wouters, P. 2023
  • Effect of planning policies on land use dynamics and livelihood opportunities under global environmental change: Evidence from the Mekong Delta, Berchoux, T., Hutton, C., Hensengerth, O., Voepel , H., Tri, V., Vu, P., Hung, N., Parsons, D., Darby, S. 1 Aug 2023, In: Land Use Policy
  • Listening to Experiences of Environmental Change in Rural Vietnam: An Intergenerational Approach, Beckwith, L., Warrington, S., Nguyen, H., Nguyen, T., Greru, C., Smith, G., Minh, T., Nguyen, L., Hensengerth, O., Woolner, P., Baillie Smith, M. 1 Oct 2023, In: Progress in Development Studies
  • Managing distance when teaching, learning and doing oral history: A case study from Vietnam, Warrington, S., Beckwith, L., Nguyen, H., Smith, G., Minh, T., Greru, C., Nguyen, T., Hensengerth, O., Woolner, P., Baillie Smith, M. 19 Sep 2023, Handbook of Teaching and Learning Social Research Methods, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • Youth participation in environmental action in Vietnam: learning citizenship in liminal spaces, Beckwith, L., Baillie Smith, M., Hensengerth, O., Nguyen, H., Greru, C., Warrington, S., Nguyen, T., Smith, G., Minh, T., Nguyen, L., Woolner, P. 1 Jun 2023, In: The Geographical Journal
  • Asia-Pacific ClimateScapes: Exploring opportunities, challenges and trade-offs toward just transitions for decarbonisation, Howson, P., Astuti, R., Hensengerth, O., Kindon, S. 22 Jun 2022
  • Stakeholder Expectations of Future Policy Implementation Compared to Formal Policy Trajectories: Scenarios for Agricultural Food Systems in the Mekong Delta, Hutton, C., Hensengerth, O., Berchoux, T., Tri, V., Tong, T., Hung, N., Voelpel, H., Darby, S., Bui, D., Bui, T., Huy, N., Parsons, D. 15 May 2021, In: Sustainability

  • Angelica Ribichini A Critical Intersectional Analysis of Youth Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta Start Date: 18/01/2021
  • April McAlpine Finding the Fountain: Neoliberalism and the possibility of alternatives for water provision in Tamil Nadu Start Date: 12/03/2014
  • Gabriele Giovannini THE IMPACT OF MULTINATIONAL TRANSBOUNDARY INFRASTRUCTURES (MTIs) ON THE RELATIONAL POWER OF SMALL STATES: A CASE STUDY OF LAOS Start Date: 12/09/2014 End Date: 11/04/2018
  • Benita Siloko Human security, Livelihoods and Environmental Degradation in the Niger Delta region, Nigeria. Start Date: 01/10/2019

  • International Politics PhD September 01 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014


a sign in front of a crowd
+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

NU World
+

Explore NU World

Find out what life here is all about. From studying to socialising, term time to downtime, we’ve got it covered.


Latest News and Features

Roisin Currie
Jack Gooday with the Chief Constable of Humberside Police receivng an award.
Vera Selby MBE.
Image of earth in space. Shutterstock/ixpert
image of a mobile phone with the instagram app logo on the screen
More news

Back to top