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HO, Selina

Selina Ho

Senior Research Fellow

Selina Ho
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 6198

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing A, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Selina HO is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She specializes in Chinese politics and foreign policy, with a focus on resource politics. She is most interested in water as a strategic resource. Her completed book manuscript comparing China’s and India’s approaches to public goods provision, focusing specifically on their municipal water sectors, is under review. She is also working on a project examining China’s transboundary rivers. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on this topic. In addition, Dr Ho is researching on China’s infrastructural power – she is collaborating on a project focusing on China’s efforts to build high-speed railways in Southeast Asia. Dr Ho received her Ph.D. from The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a Masters in Inter national Public Policy (Honours). She did her undergraduate studies at the National University of Singapore, graduating with a BA in History (Honours). Dr Ho was a Singapore public servant before joining academia.

Research Interests

  • Chinese politics and foreign policy
  • Water Politics
  • Public Goods Provision
  • China central-local relations
  • Resource and environmental issues
  • China-India relations
  • China-Southeast Asia relations


Book Manuscripts

  • Thirsty Cities: Social Contracts and Public Goods Provision in China and India. Completed and under review process.
  • River Politics: China’s International Rivers. In progress.
  • Roads to Chinese Power: Railroad Infrastructure and Beijing’s Quest for Influence. Co-author. In progress.

Special Issues

  • Guest Editor, Special Issue of Water International on “Transboundary River Cooperation: Actors, Strategies and Impact,” 42:2 (February 2017).

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • “China’s Transboundary River Policies towards Kazakhstan: Issue-linkages and Incentives for Cooperation,” Water International, 42:2 (February 2017), pp. 142-162.

  • “Introduction to ‘Transboundary River Cooperation: Actors, Strategies and Impact,’” Water International, 42:2 (February 2017), pp. 97-104.

  • “‘Big Brother, Little Brothers’: Comparing China’s and India’s Transboundary River Policies,” Water Policy, 18:S1 (December 2016), pp. 32-49.

  • “River Politics: China’s Policies in the Mekong and the Brahmaputra in Comparative Perspective,” Journal of Contemporary China, 23:85, (January 2014), pp. 1-20.

  • “The Two-Level Game: Role of Sub-national Governments in the Management of the Brahmaputra River.” In progress.

Book Chapters

  • “A River Flows through It: Transboundary Waters in China-India Relations.” In Kanti Bajpai, Huang Jing, and Kishore Mahbubani (Eds.), China-India Relations: Cooperation or Conflict, pp. 182-197. Routledge, 2016.

  • “Seeing the Forest for the Trees: China’s Shifting Perceptions of India.” In Carla Freeman (Ed.), Handbook on China and Developing Countries, pp. 445-465. Edward Elgar, 2015.

  • “Power Asymmetry and the Sino-Indian Water Dispute.” In T.V. Paul (ed.), Rethinking Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Globalization Era. In progress.

Case Studies

  • “Growing Singapore’s Water Industry: From Water Scarcity to Global Hydrohub.” Written for the Leadership Academy for Development: Promoting the Private Sector through Public Policy, an initiative of Johns Hopkins University SAIS and Stanford University.

Commentaries and Op-Eds

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