Yi-Ting Chang

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisors: Dr Ian Klinke and Professor Anna Lora-Wainwright

From geo- to astropolitics: How Taiwan constructs vertical territory within the global satellite network

Academic Profile

Yi-Ting Chang obtained her BA from National Taiwan Normal University (graduate with honour) and MSc from National Taiwan University (with an awarded thesis) before starting her DPhil in Oxford. Her broad research interests lie in critical geopolitics and science and technology studies (STS). She has been working on vertical geo-politics, focusing especially on power, body, materiality, and infrastructure in the three-dimensional world. Her DPhil thesis entitled "From geo- to astropolitics: How Taiwan constructs vertical territory within the global satellite network" aims to investigate Taiwan's outer space history and politics against the backdrop of the ongoing cross-strait tension. Her PhD is fully funded by Clarendon Fund Scholarship with joint partnerships with St. John's College and the Taiwan-Oxford Scholarship.

Awards and Fundings

  • Clarendon Fund Scholarship, University of Oxford (2022-)
  • Oxford-Taiwan Graduate Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Taiwan (2022-)
  • Excellent Master's Thesis Award, Taiwan STS Association (2022)
  • Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, National Taiwan University (2020)

Selected Publications

Conference Presentations

  • Paper Presentation, Taiwan Young Space Professionals Programme, Kaohsiung, 2022. Title: Building up "Space for Marine Asia" for Resource, Governance, and Climate Change.
  • Paper Presentation, Taiwan STS Association Annual Conference, Taipei, 2020
    Title: From Air Pollution to Village Displacement: The Atmospheric and Oceanic Politics of Polluted Geographies. (Session: The competition for risk, knowledge and governance).
  • Paper Presentation, Geoforum Workshop (Designing, Digging, Excavating, and Living: Subterranean Geopolitics), Singapore, 2019
    Title: Explosion, Subterranean Infrastructure and Elemental of Earth in Contemporary City: Case of Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • Paper Presentation, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 2019
    Title: Oxidation in Relation to Urban Bio- and Geo- Politics: When Elements and Bodies Encounter in a Petrochemical City (Session: Chemical Kinships).