Mr. Hong Xu is a Ph.D. candidate at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University (from October 2018), a casual research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University and a research advisor and instructor at the ViaX PBL Education. He undertook studies in environmental management and sustainable governance at The Australian National University and was award a Master of Environment (advanced) in September 2018. Also, he undertook studies in environmental engineering at Renmin University of China and was awarded a B.E. (Hons) in June 2016. His research considers how our societies approach a way of sustainable development as a resilient intertwined socio-ecological system can adapt to and benefit from changes. His studies focus on investigating the trade-offs issues between conservation and development, especially on environmental management, sustainable hydropower, rural development and resilience assessment. His current research scope is focused on the Mekong River and Yangtze River basins.