Dr Mia Bennett

Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong

Dr Mia Bennett is an Assistant Professor in the Geography Department and School of Modern Languages & Cultures (China Studies Programme) at the University of Hong Kong. As a political geographer with geospatial skills, she is interested in transportation infrastructure and natural resource development in northern frontiers, namely the Arctic, Russian Far East, and along the more remote corridors of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. In these areas, by combining fieldwork and remote sensing, she looks at how local and Indigenous actors leverage international geopolitics to direct development into their regions and with what consequences for livelihoods and landscapes. Bennett received a PhD in Geography from UCLA, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She also participated in the NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide program at the University of Vienna. Prior to that, she obtained an MPhil in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute with the support of a Gates Scholarship.