Chia-Chi Wu

Research themes
  • Governance
  • Knowledge
  • Innovation and science policy
  • Governance and conflict

MA in Geography, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Concentration in Physical Geography and GIS

Thesis: Health Characteristics for Three Tree Species in the Eastern United States Relative to their Current and Predicted Abundance Under a 2XCO2 Climate


MS in Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University

Thesis: The Relations between Nutrient Content of Dominant Tree Species in Nanjenshan Subtropical Rain Forest


BS in Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University

Minor in Earth System Science

Thesis title

Transformation and Transformability of human and societal Use of Marine Natural Resource: The Case of Small Islands in Southern Penghu Archipelago, Taiwan

Thesis abstract

Fisheries are complex social-ecological systems (SESs) impacted by globalization. Both global social and environmental changes are affecting the behavior of how human use marine natural resource. Analysing multiple levels of SESs at spatial and temporal scales helps to look into the dynamics of subsystems in a broad region and the adaptive process in a timeline of users from different social communities.

Water around Penghu archipelago, Taiwan features rich marine natural resources. People living on islands have their livelihood rely heavily on fishery. However, rapid industrialization and economic growth since 1950s’ and decline fishery production since 1980s’ in Taiwan have changed the lifestyle of local people on islands. Four small islands in southern Penghu archipelago are taken as case studies. Each island provides a small scale SES while the administration district they belonged to form another.

This research integrates field observations, interviews and surveys to examine coastal and inshore fisheries over extended time periods in social-ecological dynamics. Environmental variables and their differences in time and space help to explain different human collective-choices to adapt the stress under globalization.

Through analysis of four cases, different adaptation and transformation on resource-use are found in facing globalization. Four small islands in the same geographical region have developed different strategies based on their social and environmental pros and cons. The research shows the needs to recognize different spatial and temporal scales to understand the various structures of multilevel and multiscale SESs. It is critical when concerning the governance of marine natural resources for sustainable use.


Wu, C.-C. and Tsai H.-M.  2016.  Capacity building for tourism development in a nested social-ecological system - A case study of the South Penghu Archipelago Marine National Park, Taiwan.  Ocean & Coastal Management, 123   : 66-73   .


Wu, C.C. and ´H.M. Tsai.  2015.  A capital-based framework for assessing coastal and marine social–ecological dynamics and natural resource management: A case study of Penghu archipelago.  Journal of Marine and Island Cultures, . (Open Access)   Further Information


Wu, C.C..  2014.  Cross-scale and multi-level mismatch problems in marine natural resources management: case studies in the Penghu Archipelago, Taiwan.  Regional Environmental Change, 14 (6)   : 2079-2087   . Further Information


Wu, C.C., C.C. Tsuia, C.F. Hseih, V.B., Asioc, and Z.S. Chen.  2007.  Mineral nutrient status of tree species in relation to environmental factors in the subtropical rain forest of Taiwan.  Forest Ecol Mange, 239 (1-3)   : 81-91   .

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Chia-Chi Wu

Department :
ZEF C: Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management