Dr. Xiao-Shan Yap is a Scientist at the Environmental Social Sciences Department at Eawag and a guest Assistant Professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Her research focuses on how developing nations combat water-related crises including mitigating freshwater scarcity, tackling the problem of unsafe drinking water and water pollution using innovative wastewater treatments and household integrated water solutions. Beyond water, she also focuses on Space policy to analyze processes of more sustainable and peaceful use of outer space aimed at improving the quality of life on Earth and combatting anthropogenic climate change.
Yap was trained as a Development Economist during her PhD and began her research career by analyzing conventional manufacturing sectors such as automotive, semiconductors, integrated circuits and in recent years has ventured into the water, energy and Space sectors.
In 2015, Yap won a Swiss Government Excellence postdoctoral scholarship, followed by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship in 2017.
Yap has conducted extensive fieldwork in Malaysia, Taiwan, China, and now expanding to India and South Africa, aiming to address how developing countries may tackle the simultaneous challenge of industrial development and environmental sustainability in the green growth era.