Britt Crow-Miller

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in SocietyArizona State University


Dr. Britt Crow-Miller is an Assistant Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, both at Arizona State University. A human geographer by training, her research is focused at the intersection of environment, development, and politics. Dr. Crow-Miller has ongoing work related to China's South-North Water Transfer Project, Chinese hydropolitics, the cross-regional and multi-scalar dimensions of Chinese development, the role of collaboration in sustainable urban water management, and the global "geography of risk" of consumer products and technologies. She holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA, an M.A. in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University, and a B.A. in History and Asian Studies from Bard College. 

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Transregional Research Junior Scholar Fellowship: InterAsian Contexts and Connections (2016-2017)

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in SocietyArizona State University

The Emerging Geography of Chinese Water Infrastructure: InterAsian and Transregional connections in the food-energy-water nexus

Chinese water infrastructure projects—from the Three Gorges Dam and South-North Water transfer Project to tens of thousands of smaller scale dams and interbasin transfers—continue to increase in both size and number. Their impacts now extend well beyond China itself, spilling over borders and out of traditionally conceived regions to create new transregional linkages and interconnections. The same is true for the growing number of Chinese-built water infrastructure projects being constructed across the global south. Using a food-energy-water nexus lens to examine the tradeoffs across sectors, geographic space, and time, this project will examine three archetypes of Chinese water infrastructure: fully domestic projects, domestic projects on transboundary rivers, and internationally constructed projects. Critical examination of the inter-Asian and transregional nexus connections of Chinese water infrastructure will contribute to a fuller understanding of the new and emerging spatialities of China’s 21st century development agenda and the tradeoffs playing out within them. It will also inform the development of an index that identifies opportunities to collectively navigate and mitigate such trade-offs. Additionally, new non-territorial spatialities will be made explicit through mapping the transregional food-energy-water linkages of Chinese water infrastructure, fundamentally shifting how the impacts of nationally spearheaded water infrastructure projects are thought about not only in China, but around the world.