Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee has been invited to present “China’s Transboundary Rivers: Dams, Development and Downstream Concerns” at a two-day interdisciplinary conference on the environmental challenges facing India and China. The conference is sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University’s Bernadette B. and James J. Nealis ’69 Program in Asian Studies and will take place at the University in Philadelphia, Penn., on March 20-21.
“Half-a-dozen of Asia’s major rivers, including the Mekong, Salween, and Brahmaputra, originate in the Tibetan plateau,” explains Magee. “Uncertainty about the long-term impacts of climate change on the glaciers that feed those rivers, as well as wariness about China’s river development plans in the region, point to a need to better understand the ecological, socioeconomic, and geopolitical contexts surrounding those rivers.”
The Hon. Kathleen A. McGinty ’85, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and current Secretary of SJU’s Board of Trustees will deliver the keynote address at the conference. McGinty’s address, “Asia, the Environment and Us,” will outline why the West has a vital stake in the success of India and China’s environments – and their economies.
Magee is a China geographer with expertise in water and energy in China. He earned both a B.A. in French and a B.S. in mathematics from the Louisiana State University. He earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. His thesis was titled, “New Energy Geographies: Powershed Politics and Hydropower Decision Making in Yunnan, China.” He has authored a number of articles on China’s water and energy, the most recent of which is “Socioeconomic vulnerability in China’s hydropower development,” which appeared in the China Economic Review.