Francesca Chiu

Francesca Chiu


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Personal profile


I am a PhD researcher at UEA and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). My research examines urban citizenship and property in Myanmar. Before joining UEA, I worked as a research assistant at the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Hong Kong.

I write about development issues such as poverty reduction, gender inequality, and governance. I have contributed to East Asia Forum, the Association for Women's Rights in Development, China Economic Review, and Hong Kong Free Press.

Academic Background

  • PhD in International Development, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (2017 - Present)
  • PhD in International Development, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (2017 - Present)
  • MA in International Development, University of Warwick, United Kingdom (2013 - 2014)
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2009 - 2011)

Teaching Interests

I currently work as an Associate Tutor at the School of International Development. I teach on modules on geography, discourse analysis, and development studies.


Human geography; Urban Planning; Citizenship; Discourse Analysis; Development in Asia

Key Research Interests

Citizenship; property; urban housing; development; Myanmar

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Warwick


Bachelor of Laws, University of Hong Kong


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Copenhagen

2017 → …

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

2017 → …


  • Local government
  • Land Governance
  • Property
  • Development
  • Myanmar