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Catherine Wong

Catherine Wong

Postdoctoral researcher

Faculté ou Centre Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
Unité de recherche RU IPSE
Adresse postale Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Bureau sur le campus MSH, E02 15-010
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 9691
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39691

Dr. Catherine Mei Ling Wong

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Ph.D. 2014, School of Sociology, Australian National University, Australia

Master of Arts and Social Sciences, 2007, Global Studies Programme, University of Freiburg, Germany

Research Interests

  • Cities and urban studies
  • Financial centres
  • Risk governance
  • Uncertainty
  • Technological risks
  • Energy and climate change policy


Catherine’s current research looks at governance networks that underpin globalisation processes in small but global cities. Her current project GLOBAL compares the trajectories of Luxembourg, Geneva and Singapore and examines their relative positions in the global economy and the implications for urban development. Prior to joining the University of Luxembourg, she was at James Cook University, Australia, working on climate governance in China, Australia and the UK. Using a comparative policy approach, her research focused on environmental justice, risk governance, the politics of climate mitigation and adaptation, and stakeholder engagement in policy decision-making.

She received her PhD from the Australian National University (ANU) where she was also the recipient of the prestigious ANU Research Scholarship (International) and ANU HDR Merit Scholarship. Her dissertation on risk governance in the Indian nuclear industry uncovered the inner workings of elite risk perception and processes of transformations within the industry after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Before returning to academia, Catherine spent time in both the private and NGO sectors. She was a business planning analyst at Hewlett Packard in Ireland and a reporter at the The Straits Times and The Business Times in Singapore. Catherine also worked for the Global Development Network in New Delhi, a former subsidiary of the World Bank, where she was the project coordinator of the Global Migration Project involving 10 country studies across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. She also spent two years as a research associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, where she was also the assistant editor of their flagship publication, the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies.

PhD Supervision:

John Lokes Brooksbank, James Cook University, Australia
Thesis title: “Engaging with social risk: Examining the petroleum corporations engagement with local indigenous communities in Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea”

Research Services

Editorial Board Member of

  • Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy
  • Journal of Energy Research and Social Sciences

Reviewer for

  • Journal of Risk Research
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Energy Research and Social Sciences
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
  • Palgrave and MacMillan Publishing.

Research Societies

Society for Risk Analysis – International and Europe

Society for Risk Analysis – Australia and New Zealand, Executive Committee, Councillor (2014-2016)

International Sociological Association, Environment and Society Research Committee, Member (2011 – present)

International Sociological Association, Risk and Society Thematic Group,  Member, (2011 – present)

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Selected Conference Presentations and Seminars

“The Role of Multilateral Governance in Developing Technological Risk Consciousness among Policy and Industry Elites” (2017), Lorentz Workshop,Multilateral Governance of Technological Risk, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

“Exploring Trajectories as an Analytical Frame for Explaining and Comparing Relational Cities” (2017), American Association of Geographers Annual Conference,Structural Change and the Economic Evolution of Cities and Regions, Boston

“Integrating Knowledge-based and Value­-based Decision Making: A Hybrid Risk Governance Framework” (2016), ISA Forum,The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World,University ofVienna, Austria

“Climate Risk, Governance and Conflicting Temporalities: A Comparative Study of Australia, China and the UK” (2015, December 4), ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Australia

“A Material-Semiotic Approach to Risk: Applying Environmental Sociology to Risk Research” (2015, September 23-25), Workshop on Core Concepts in Environmental Sociology, Research Committee for Environment and Society University of Örebro, Sweden

“Innovations in Environmental Governance: Examples from Australia and China” (2015, July 19-22), Symposium:Managing Transbounary Risks in Asia Pacific, World Congress on Risk, Singapore

“Risk Governance in Nuclear Development: The ‘Whys’ and ‘Hows’ of Multi­ stakeholder Engagement” (2015, 29 July), Energy Studies Institute Seminar Series, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Risk as Mobiliser in Risk Governance: Case of Nuclear Power in India” (2014, August 26-27), Society for Risk Analysis – Australia New Zealand Annual Conference, Massey University, New Zealand

“Mitigating risk or creating new ones? The role of technology, environment and institutions in framing risk in India’s nuclear power sector” (2013, August 1-4), International Sociological Association Forum, RC24 Environment and Society, Argentina

Organised Conferences and Workshops (Selected)

1) Urban Studies Workshop: “Relational Cities in the Age of Globalization and Reflections on Singapore” (2016), University of Luxembourg and National University of Singapore. An expert workshop on urban studies in collaboration with the NUS Cities Cluster.

2) “Risk Governance Workshop” (2015), The Cairns Institute, James Cook University: an internal interactive workshop on risk governance to engage with strategic government and research stakeholders; in collaboration with Prof. Ortwin Renn, Prof. Stewart Lockie, and Society for Risk Analysis – Australia and New Zealand.

3) The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Annual Conference, “Neoliberalism in Contemporary Asia-Pacific” (2015): member of the local organising committee and convener of plenary session on “Risk in Contemporary Asia-Pacific”; in collaboration with Prof. Stewart Lockie, Dr. Theresa Petray and Dr. Anne Stephens

4) Society for Risk Analysis (SRA – ANZ) Symposium, “Managing Trans-boundary Risk in the Asia-Pacific Region” (2015): co-convener held in conjunction with the World Congress on Risk in Singapore; in collaboration with Dr. Naomi Cogger, Prof. Tom Beer, and Dr. Sandra Seno-Alday.


  • 2011-2013: “Environmental Sociology” (SOCY2022), Australian National University, School of Sociology
  • 2012-2013: “Food, Development and Environment” (SOCY3029), Australian National University, School of Sociology
  • 2012-2013: “Hazards, Risk and Disasters” (SOCY2008), Australian National University, School of Sociology
  • 2012-2013: “Qualitative Data Analysis Using Nvivo” (Guest Lecturer for Research Methods: POGO 8096), Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy         

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Articles publiés dans des périodiques scientifiques

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See detailSociology, Risk and the Environment: A Material-Semiotic Approach
Wong, Catherine; Lockie, Stewart

in Journal of Risk Research (2018)

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See detailThe significance of meaning in and the meaning of biodiversity research: Why IPBES needs the social sciences and humanities
Jetzkowitz, Jens; Wong, Catherine; Lidskog, Rolf; van Koppen, Kris; Konrad, Ott

in Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research (2017)

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See detailAssembling Interdisciplinary Energy Research through an Actor Network Theory (ANT) Frame
Wong, Catherine

in Energy Research and Social Science (2016), 12(2016), 106-110

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See detailEnergy Security in Southeast Asia? Let’s start with the Future
Wong, Catherine

in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (2015), (18),

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See detailThe Mutable Nature of Risk and Acceptability: A Hybrid Risk Governance Framework
Wong, Catherine

in Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis (2015), 31(11), 1969-1982

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See detailOrganisational risk perception and transformations in India’s nuclear establishment
Wong, Catherine

in Journal of Risk Research (2015), 18(8), 1012-1029

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See detailResponses to Air Pollution Based on Historical and Current Policies in the EU and ASEAN
Wong, Catherine; Goodsite, M.; Hertel, O.; Moseholm, L.

in Global Environment (2010), 3(6), 150-183

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Ouvrages publiés en tant qu'auteur, traducteur, etc.

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See detailEnergy, Risk and Governance: The Case of Nuclear Energy in India
Wong, Catherine

Book published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018)

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Contributions à des ouvrages collectifs

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See detailConflicting temporalities of social and environmental change
Lockie, Stewart; Wong, Catherine

in Boström, M.; Davidson, D. (Eds.) Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges. (2018)

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See detailRisk, sustainability and time: sociological perspectives
Wong, Catherine; Lockie, Stewart

in Schandl, Heinz; Walker, Iain (Eds.) Social Sciences and Sustainability (2017)

See detailThe Clash of Risk Perceptions: Reconciling ‘the publics’ and ‘the experts’
Wong, Catherine

in Janardhanan, Nandakumar (Ed.) Resurgence of Nuclear Power: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia (2017)

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See detailFacing the Storm Through the Market
Wong, Catherine

in Montesano, Michael J.; Lee, Poh Onn (Eds.) Regional Outlook 2010-2011 (2010)

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Comptes-rendus et recensions critiques d’ouvrages

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See detailReview of Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: 15 Contentious Questions
Wong, Catherine

in Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis (2018), In Press

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Articles grand public

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See detailAustralian uranium deal could make Indian nuclear power safer
Wong, Catherine

Article for general public (2014)

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See detailIndia's nuclear programme: Trust abroad but not at home
Wong, Catherine

Article for general public (2012)

See detailFit human life and capitalism to Nature
Wong, Catherine

Article for general public (2010)

See detailClean-Growth Opportunities for Southeast Asia
Wong, Catherine

Article for general public (2009)

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