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Dr Danny MARKS

BA Grinnell College (International Relations), MA Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (International Affairs), PhD University of Sydney (Human Geography)

Assistant Professor; Internship Coordinator

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Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7702
Phone: 3442-6126
Fax: 3442-0180
Email: danny.marks@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Interests

  • Urban political ecology
  • Environmental justice
  • Climate change governance
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Thailand
Dr. Danny Marks is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at the Department of Asian and International Studies of City University of Hong Kong. Prior to this position, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia project at the Munk School of Global Affairs of the University of Toronto. Dr. Marks has spent a number of years conducting research and working in Southeast Asia, particularly in the fields of climate change adaptation and environmental governance. He has worked for a number of organizations in the region, including the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Governance Hub, the Rockefeller Foundation, ActionAid and the NGO Forum on Cambodia. Dr. Marks completed his PhD dissertation, An Urban Political Ecology of the 2011 Bangkok Floods, at the University of Sydney. He received his MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has published on climate change governance, disaster risk reduction, and Thai domestic politics in numerous academic journals, blogs and newspapers.


  • Environmental governance and politics
  • Climate change policy
  • Disaster governance


Journal articles

  • Danny Marks (2019) 'Assembling the 2011 Thailand floods: Protecting farmers and inundating high-value industrial estates in a fragmented hydro-social territory', Political Geography, 68: 66-76.
  • Frank Thomalla, Louis Lebel, Michael Boyland, Danny Marks, Ham Kimkong, Sinh Bach Tan, and Agus Nugroho (2018) 'Long-term recovery narratives following major disasters in Southeast Asia', Regional Environmental Change, 18(4): 1211-1222.
  • Danny Marks and Frank Thomalla (2017) ‘Responses to the 2011 Floods in Central Thailand: Perpetuating the Uneven Vulnerability of Small and Medium Enterprises?’, Natural Hazards, 87(2): 1147-1165.
  • Danny Marks and Louis Lebel (2016) ‘Disaster Governance and the Scalar Politics of Incomplete Decentralization: Fragmented and Contested Responses to the 2011 Floods in Central Thailand', Habitat International, 52: 57-66.
  • Danny Marks (2015) ‘The Urban Political Ecology of the 2011 Floods in Bangkok: The Creation of Uneven Vulnerabilities’, Pacific Affairs, 88(3): 623-651.
  • Danny Marks (2011) ‘Climate Change and Thailand: Impact and Response’, Journal of
    Contemporary Southeast Asia, 33(2): 229-258.
  • Danny Marks (2010) ‘China's climate change policy process: improved but still weak and fragmented’, Journal of Contemporary China, 19(67): 971-986.

Book chapters

  • Danny Marks (2019) 'Reducing the high vulnerability of the elderly to urban flooding' in Alice M. L. Chong and Iris Chi, eds.,Social Work and Sustainability in Asia: Facing the Challenges of Global Environmental Changes (Abingdon; New York: Routledge): 99-108.
  • Danny Marks (2019) 'Water Access and Resilience to Climate-Induced Droughts in the Thai Secondary City of Khon Kaen: Unequal and Unjust Vulnerability' in Amrita Daniere and Matthias Garschagen, eds., Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (Cham: Springer): 41-62.
  • Matthias Garschagen and Danny Marks (2019) 'Towards an Agenda for Profound Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia' in Amrita Daniere and Matthias Garschagen, eds., Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (Cham: Springer): 223-228.
  • Danny Marks (2019) 'Common Challenges of Smallholders in ASEAN: Lacking Access to Land, Water, Market, and State' in Mart Stewart and Peter Coclanis, eds., Water and Power Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin (Cham: Springer): 253-281.
  • Danny Marks (2018) 'The political ecology of uneven development and vulnerability to disasters', in Rita Padawangi, ed., Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia (London: Routledge): 345-354.
  • Danny Marks (2015) ‘Thailand: Shirking Away from Ethical Responsibility to Respond to Climate Change’ in Donald A. Brown and Prue Taylor, eds., Ethics and Climate Change: A Study of National Commitments (Bonn: IUCN): 143-149.