- PhD Granted in 2016
Li Dongdong is interested in relationships between regional settlement patterns, social organization and environment. His current research investigates the process of social complexity in the Jianghan plain of China, and focuses on the emergence of walled towns. Specifically, he uses regional settlement pattern analysis to study social organization at the Taojiahu walled town and its relationship with surrounding areas in the Jianghan plain. In doing so he will further evaluate functions of walled towns and roles played by walled towns in the process of social complexity in the Jianghan plain. His research will provide data for further comparative study on regional settlement patterns, social organization and social complexity. PhD 2016!