After the deluge: Revisiting displacement and resettlement at the Three Gorges Dam, China

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Dr Brooke Wilmsen

Persons evicted to make way for development projects are inevitably impoverished. To counter this pattern and redistribute the gains of such projects to those who sacrifice the most, the Chinese government has instituted a new approach to involuntary resettlement. The Three Gorges Dam is the first test case of this approach. In 2003-04, a survey of 487 households was completed. Using sustainable livelihood theory, this research explores what happened to the re-settlers eight years on to inform the operations of the Chinese government, development banks and consultancies.

Dr Brooke Wilmsen

This project is funded the Australian Research Council, DE120101037, 2012-2017 [Part-time] ($375,000).


For further information about this project, please contact:

Dr Brooke Wilmsem
Department of Social Inquiry
La Trobe University
T: +61 3 9479 6693