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Peter Vandergeest

Department of Geography
Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
 
Office: Ross Building, N405
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 66191
Emailpvander@yorku.ca
 
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Peter Vandergeest (Ph.D., Cornell, 1990) teaches and writes in the areas of political ecology, agro-food studies, and the cultural politics of environment and development. Current and recent research encompasses agrarian studies in Southeast Asia, the history of scientific forestry in Southeast Asia, privatizing environmental regulation in industrial aquaculture, and democratization in natural resource management.

   Area of Specialization

Geography



Degrees

Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University
M.S., Development Sociology, Cornell University
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
Professional Leadership

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, York University
Member, Graduate Program in Geography
Member, Graduate Program in Sociology
Visiting Lecturer, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. Chiangmai University (Thailand)



Research Interests

Political Ecology, Agrofood Systems, Cultural Politics of Development, Environmental Certification, Southeast Asia, Thailand.

Selected Publications

2009 The Politics of Decentralization in Southeast Asia. Chiangmai, Thailand: Mekong Press. Co-editor, with Chusak Withayapak.

2011 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Pages 152-166 (Chapter 8) in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and Science Studies. University of Chicago Press.

2008 “New Concepts, New Natures?: Revisiting Commodities Production in Southern Thailand.” Pages 206-224 in Joseph Nevins and Nancy Lee Peluso (editors.), Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, People, and Nature in a Neoliberal Age. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2007 “Certification and Communities: Alternatives for Regulating the Environmental and Social Impacts of Shrimp Farming.” World Development 35 (7): 1152-1171.

2006 “Empires of Forestry: Professional Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia, Part 2." Environment and History 12:359-93). Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso.

Current Research Projects

  • The Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia  more...
  • Privatizing Environmental Governance  more...
  • History of Political Forests in Southeast Asia:  more...

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Books

2009 The Politics of Decentralization in Southeast Asia. Chiangmai, Thailand: Mekong Press. Co-editor, with Chusak Withayapak.

2006 Development’s Displacements: Economies, Ecologies, and Cultures at Risk. Co-editor, with Pablo Idahosa and Pablo Bose. University of British Columbia Press, 288 pages.

1996 Constructing the Countryside. Co-editor with E. Melanie Dupuis. Temple University Press, 346 pages.

Book Chapters

2011 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Pages 152-166 (Chapter 8) in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and Science Studies. University of Chicago Press.

2009 Certification Standards and the Governance of Green Foods in Southeast Asia. Pages 61-92 in Jennifer Clapp and Doris Fuchs (editors), Corporate Power and Global Agrifood Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (Second author, with Steffanie Scott and Mary Young).

2008 “New Concepts, New Natures?: Revisiting Commodities Production in Southern Thailand.” Pages 206-224 in Joseph Nevins and Nancy Lee Peluso (editors.), Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, People, and Nature in a Neoliberal Age. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2006 “Introduction.” Pages 3-32 in Development’s Displacements (above). First author, with Pablo Idahosa and Pablo Bose.

2006 “Displacements in the New Land Reform Agenda” Pages 136-154 in Development’s Displacements (above).

2006 “CBNRM Communities in Action.” Pages 321-346 in Stephen R. Tyler (ed.), Communities, Livelihoods, and Natural Resources: Action Research and Policy Change in Asia. U.K.: Intermediate Technologies Development Group Publishing/International Development Research Centre.

2005 “New Regulation and agro-food industrialization: assessing codes of conduct for shrimp farming in Thailand.” Pages 51-72 in Rodolphe de Koninck and Bruno Thibert (editors), Coping with Globalization: Southeast Asian Historical and Cultural Heritage. University of Montreal: Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Trilateral Initiative.

2004 “Resource Tenure.” Pages 594-595 in Forsyth, T. (editor) (2004) Encyclopedia of International Development, London and New York: Routledge.

2004 “Displacement." Page 161-163 in Forsyth, T. (editor) (2004) Encyclopedia of International Development, London and New York: Routledge.

2001 “Violence and the Blue Revolution: Industrial Shrimp Farming in Thailand and Honduras.” Pages 261-286 in Nancy Peluso and Michael Watts (editors), Violent Environments. Cornell University Press (co-author, with Susan Stonich).

2001 “Territorialization and State Power in Thailand.” Pages 177-186 in N. Blomley, D. Delaney, and R.T. Ford (editors), The Legal Geographies Reader. Malden, Mass: Blackwell (co-author with Nancy Peluso, reprint of article published in Theory and Society).

1996 "Introduction." Pages 1-25 in Constructing the Countryside (above). (first author, with Melanie Dupuis)

1996 "Real Villages." Pages 279-302 in Constructing the Countryside (above).

Journal Articles

2009 “Reading too much into aspirations: More explorations of the space between coerced and voluntary resettlement in Laos." Critical Asian Studies 40(4):531-50 (December). Co-author with Ian Baird, Keith Barney, and Bruce Shoemaker.

2009 “Reading too much into aspirations: More explorations of the space between coerced and voluntary resettlement in Laos." Critical Asian Studies 40(4):531-50 (December). Co-author with Ian Baird, Keith Barney, and Bruce Shoemaker.

2008 “Engaging Indigeneity in Development Policy.” Development Policy Review 26(4):483-500 (July). Co-author with Melissa Marschke and David Szablowski.

2007 “Certification and Communities: Alternatives for Regulating the Environmental and Social Impacts of Shrimp Farming.” World Development 35 (7): 1152-1171.

2006 “Empires of Forestry: Professional Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia, Part 2." Environment and History 12:359-93). Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso.

2004 “Catch of the Day.” Alternatives 30(2):22-24. Second author, with Mike Skladany.

2003 “Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Building at the National University of Laos: Lessons for North-South Collaboration"@ Canadian Journal of Development Studies XXIV(1):119-135. Primary Author, with Khamla Phanvilay, Yayoi Fujita, Jefferson Fox, Philip Hirsch, Penny Van Esterik, Chusak Withayapak, and Stephen Tyler.

2003 "Racialization and Citizenship in Thai Forest Politics" Society and Natural Resources 16(1):19-37.

2003 "Land to some tillers: development-induced displacement in Laos." International Social Science Journal 175 (March; special issue on development-induced displacement): 47-56.

2001 “Genealogies of the Political Forest and Customary Rights in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.” Journal of Asian Studies 60(3):761-812 (co-author with Nancy Peluso).

2001 “Response to Jasper Goss et al, "Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand: A Response to Vandergeest et al.” Rural Sociology 66(3):461-465 (primary author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller).

1999 “A Political Ecology of Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Rural Sociology 64(4):573-596 (primary author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller).

1999 “Rice Paddy or Shrimp Pond: Tough Decisions in Rural Thailand.” World Development 27(12):2045-2060. (Second author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller)

1998 “Reply: Protected Areas and Property Rights in Thailand.” Environmental Conservation 25(4): 7-9.

1998 “‘Low Salt’ Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand: Goodbye Coastline Hello Khon Kaen!” Environmental Management 22:817-830 (Second author with Mark Flaherty).

1996 "Property Rights in Protected Areas: Obstacles to Community Involvement as a Solution in Thailand." Environmental Conservation 23(3):259-268.

1996 "Mapping Nature: Territorialization of Forest Rights in Thailand." Society and Natural Resources 9:159-175.

1995 "Territorialization and State Power in Thailand" Theory and Society 24:385-426 (co-author with Nancy Lee Peluso).

1995 "Social Aspects of Forestry in Southeast Asia". Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Special Anniversary Issue) 26(1):196-216 (co-author Nancy Lee Peluso and Lesley Potter).

1993 "The Southern Thai Shadowplay in Historical Context," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 24(2):307-330 (primary author with Paritta Chalermpow-Koanantakool).

1993 "Constructing Thailand," Comparative Studies in Society and History 35(1):133-158.

1993 "Hierarchy and Power in Pre-National Buddhist States," Modern Asian Studies 27(4):843-870.

1991 "Gifts and Rights," Development and Change 22:421-43.

1989 "Peasant Strategies in a World Context," Human Organization 48(2):117-25.

1988 "Commercialization and Commoditization," Sociologia Ruralis 27(1):7-29.

1988 "Weber, Marx, and Development Sociology," World Development 16(6):683-95 (primary author with Frederick H. Buttel).

1980 "A Theoretical Study of the Modeling and Control of a Solar Water Electrolysis Plant," (first author, with Thomas Z. Fahidy). Solar Energy 25(2):123-29.

Conference Papers

2010 “A New Extra-Territoriality: Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Aquaculture Certification in the Global South.” Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 14-18, Washington, D.S. Co-authored with Anusorn Unno.

2009 “Is the Alternative Agriculture Movement Having Any Wider Impact? Observations in Southern Thailand.” Presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies biennial conference, October 15-17, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2009 “Certification and Legitimacy in Thailand.” World Aquaculture 2009, 26-30 September, Veracruz, Mexico.

2008 Organic Food in Thai Kitchens: Actors in the Natural Food Revolution in Thailand. Foodscapes of Southeast Asia, 29 February, York University.

2008 “Key Questions for the New Green Revolution.” The Tenth International Conference on Thai Studies, January 9-11, The Thai Khadi Research Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2007 “New Green Revolutions: Ecological Agriculture and Natural Markets in Thailand.” Canadian Council on Southeast Asian Studies Biannual Meeting, October 18-21, Quebec City.

2007 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities!" Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Association of American Geographers 2007 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 17-21.

2007 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities! Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 22-25, Boston.

2006 Panelist, “Festschift for Professor E. Walter Coward.” The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property. Bali, Indonesia: June 19-23, 2006.

2006 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities! Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Political Forestry in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.” Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Environmental History, March 29 to April 2, St. Paul. Co-author with Nancy Lee Peluso.

2006 “Natural Markets: Remaking food and agriculture in Southeast Asia.” Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, March 7-11, Chicago.

2005 “Regional Processes in Southeast Asian Agro-food Transformations.” Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference, October 14-16, York University, Toronto.

2005 “Agrofood transformations in Southeast Asia: Some recent trends.” Co-presenter, with Mary Young. Meetings of the Canadian Area Studies Learned Societies, April 27-May 1, Montreal.

2004 “Locating Locality in Translocal Green Certification.” Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Sacramento, California, August 18-22.

2004 “New Environmental Regulation and Agro-food Industrialization.” Paper presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), New York, May, 2004.

2004 “Seafood Fad, Fashion or Movement? The Emerging Position of Consumer Education Campaigns in Sustainable Fishing and Aquaculture Reform.” Paper Presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS). Co-authored, with Mike Skladany, New York, May, 2004.

2003 “Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Building at the National University of Laos” Presented at the East Asia Council and Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Joint Conference, October 10-12, University of Montreal, Montreal.

2003 “New Regulation and Agro-food Industrialization: Assessing Codes of Conduct for Shrimp Farming in Thailand/Southeast Asia.” Presented at the East Asia Council and Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Joint Conference, October 10-12, University of Montreal, Montreal.

2003 “Issues in New Regulatory Networks: Codes of Conduct and Other Regulatory Practices for Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 27-31, Victoria, BC.

2003 “Key Issues for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.” Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, March 18.

2002 “Shrimp and Salmon Consumption in North America: Following the Changing Definition of Good Food Along the Commodity Network and Beyond.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Chicago, August 14-17. First author, with Mike Skladany, Keith Barney, and Karen Lucatelli.

2002 Contesting “Good Food” in Shrimp and Salmon Commodity Networks. Paper presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), June 15, 2002.

2002 “The Ironies of Good Governance in Asia: three Case Studies.” CIDA/CASA Collaborative Program, Humanities and Social Sciences Congress (The Learneds). May 28.

2001 “New Regulatory Regimes in Thai Aquaculture: Globalization, Local Mobilization, and the State.” Joint Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies and the Canadian Council Co-authored with Paul Miller.

2001 “Regulatory Alternatives for Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Albequerque, New Mexico, August 16-19. Co-authored with Paul Miller.

2000 “Resources and the Racialization of Space: Thailand and Malaysia.” Yale University Agrarian Studies Program Decennial Conference. Yale University: May 12-13.

1999 “Community Forestry and Legacies of Colonial-Era Customary Rights.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association and Rural Sociological Society. Chicago: August 5-12.

1999 “Shrimp Aquaculture and the Politics of Zoning in Thailand.” Seventh International Congress on Thai Studies. Amsterdam: July 4-8.

1998 “How Political Ecology can contribute to the Sociology of Agriculture." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Association. Portland: August, 1998.

1997 “Elevation, Identity, and Resource Politics in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.S.: November 19-23.

1997 “Legacies of Thai and Malay Colonial Forest Practices.” Meetings of the Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies. Acadia University, Wolfville: October 3-5.

1997 “A Political Ecology of Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Association. Toronto: August 13-17 (with Mark Flaherty).

1996 "Tenure Transformations on the Malay Peninsula." The 6th International Conference on Thai Studies. Chiang Mai, Thailand: October 14-17.

1996 "Legal Aspects of Community Resource Rights in Southeast Asia." Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. New York: August 16-20 (with Nancy Peluso).

1996 "The Seductive Appeal of Maps." Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, June 5-8, 1996.

1996 "State, Market, and Tenure Transformations in Upland Southern Thailand." Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, June 5-8, 1996.

1996 "A comparison of Nineteenth-Century Forest and Land Policies in British, Dutch, and Non-colonized Southeast Asia." Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, April 11-14, 1996 (with Nancy Peluso).

1995 "National Parks, Territoriality, and the New Globalism in Thailand and Malaysia." Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, Quebec City, October 27-29.

1995 "Mapping Resource Claims: The Use of Maps in the Transformation of Resource Tenure in Thailand." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Washington, D.C., August 17-20.

1994 "Territorialization of Rights to the Forest in Thailand," Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, Boston, March 24-26.

1993 "Fixing Property in Thai Space." Meetings of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, Edmonton, October 15-16.

1993 "What is a Forest? Territorialization and the Thai State." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (special session on forest co-management), Orlando, Florida, August 7-10.

1993 "Perspectives on the Village in Development Thinking." Learned Societies Conference (CASID), Carlton Univeristy, Ottawa, June 7-9.

1992 "National Identity and the Village in Rural Development." Eighth World Congress for Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, August 11-16.

1991 "Gifts and Rights." Meetings of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, York University, October 18-20.

1991 "Social Context and Change in the Southern Thai Shadowplay." Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, New Orleans, April 11-15 (with Paritta Chalermpow-Koanantakool).

1990 "Modernization and Justice in Rural Thailand." Conference of the Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies, Seattle, October 19-21.

1990 "Drawing on Conceptions of Past Community Self-Help as a Response to the Current Rural Crisis: Some Cautionary Observations." Learned Societies Conference (Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, May 26-30.

Professional Journal Articles

2004 Feature Essay, “Common and Uncommon Themes in the Politics of the Commons.” Mekong Update and Dialogue 7(1):2-3.

2001 Feature Essay, “Land Tenure Reform in Thailand and Laos.” Mekong Information and Dialogue 4::2-3.

1997 “Rethinking Property.” Pages 4-7 in The Common Property Resource Digest 41 (April, 1997).

1997 “Protecting Nature and Displacing People.” Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees 16(3):28-31.

1994 "What is a Forest?" Pages 7-26 in Proceedings of Interagency Symposium: Property Rights and Public Values in Managing Natural Resources. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

1988 "Everyday Choices Among Palm Sugar Producers in Satingpra, Thailand," The Chulalongkorn Social Research Journal 10:48-76.

Book Reviews

2008 Hjorleifur Jonsson, Mein Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand. Pacific Affairs 81(3).

2008 Janet Sturgeon, Border Landscapes: The Politics of Akha Land Use in China and Thailand. The Canadian Geographer 52(1):126-127.

1999 John Girling, Interpreting Development. Southeast Journal of Social Science 27(1)138-139.

1996 Richard H. Hadden, On the Shoulders of Merchants. Canadian Journal of Sociology. Volume 21.

1993 Manas Chitakasem and Andrew Turton (eds.), Thai Constructions of Knowledge. Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia 8(2):4-11.

1993 Craig Reynolds, National Identity and Its Defenders. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 24(1), March 1993.

1993 Jeremy Kemp, Seductive Mirage. Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia 8(2):12-14.

Research Reports

2006 "Indigenous Peoples' Scoping Exercise, Synthesis Report." Working Paper Number 21, Rural Poverty and Environment Program of the International Development Research Centre. Co-author with Melissa Marschke and David Szablowski. http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-59470-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

2003 “The Politics of Transnational Ties: Implications for Policy, Research, and Communities.” Canadian Centre for Policy Development, Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Third Author, with Luin Goldring and Susan Henders.

1999 “Resource Tenure: Readings and Resources for Researchers.” Edited with introduction (first author with Tony Rogge). Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, CBNRM Resource Book.

Public Lectures

2010 Invited Lecture, “Producing Scientific Forestry through Political Violence: Jungle-Based Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia.” Science, Technology and Science Research Seminar, York University, January 26

2009 Invited Discussant, “East Asian Development: Destiny, Politics and Economic Unbalances.” To discuss Thai film “Agrarian Utopia.” Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Asian Institute, and the Asia Pacific Foundation, November 10, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.

2009 Invited Lecture, “New Green Revolutions: Alternative Agriculture and Organic Food in a Global South Context.” University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, 17 June.

2009 “New Green Revolutions in Thailand: History, Trends, Tensions.” RCSD Special Lecture, Chiangmai University, Thailand, 14 January, 2003.

2009 Invited Participant, National Academies (United States) Workshop on “Certification of Sustainable Good and Services.” National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, Irvine, California, January 19-21

2009 Colloquium Speaker, “Alternative Agriculture in the Global South: Analytical Methods for Research in Thailand.” Department of Geography, York University.

2009 Invited Presenter, “Opening the Green Box: How Organic Became the Standard for Alternative Agriculture in Southeast Asia” University of California: Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics Colloquium, April 17.

2008 Resource Person, Dissertation Workshop on The Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia. 30 May to 1 June, Los Banos, Philippines.

2008 Invited Speaker and Resource Person, Between State and Society: Local-Level Politics in Southeast Asia. PhD Workshop, Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark, May 6-9.

2008 Public Lecture, “New Green Revolutions in Thailand: History, Trends, Tensions." The Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development, January 14.

2007 Scientific Advisor, The first scientific meeting of RESCOPAR (“Rebuilding resilience of coastal populations and aquatic resources: habitats, biodiversity and sustainable use options.”) Wageningen University. 30-31 August 2007, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

2007 Participant, Workshop on Science Studies and Political Ecology. University of California, Berkeley, April 16.

2006 Faculty Resource Person. Workshop on “Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia.” Singapore, 29-30 June, 2006. A two day workshop for eleven MA students and eleven PhD students from Southeast Asia, the United States, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

2006 Discussant, Panel on “Post-Socialist Land Relations.” The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property. Bali, Indonesia: June 19-23, 2006.

2006 “Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Southeast Asia Seminar Series, November 17.

2006 “New Green Revolutions?” East-West Centre Seminar on Environmental Change, Vulnerability, and Governance. University of Hawaii, Hawaii, October 5.

2005 “Community-Based Regulation and Certification in Shrimp Aquaculture.” Invited presentation, World Aquaculture Society Meetings, Indonesia, May 9-13.

2005 “Commodities and Actors: Palm sugar to shrimp farming in Southern Thailand.” Invited Paper, Producing Nature and People as Commodities in Southeast Asia. University of California, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 22nd Annual Conference. February 4-5.

2004 “Conservation and Displacement: Rethinking basic assumptions.” Workshop on Ethics, Development, and Displacement. Carlton University, Ottawa, October 26.

2004 Invited Respondent and Resource Person, CBNRM Research Synthesis and Dissemination Workshop. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Tagatay City, Philippines, May 17-26. Helped case study authors from seven Asian countries write chapters for an IDRC publication on Community-Based Natural Resource Management.

2004 "New Environmental Regulation and Agro-Food Industrialization." Invited Lecture, Clark University. January 30.

2003 "Issues in New Regulatory Networks: Local Participation in Codes of Conduct for Shrimp Farming in Thailand." Invited Lecture, Chiangmai University, December 12.

2003 "Future Challenges - Environmental Change and Sustainable Development." Canadian Forces College, Toronto, May 8.

2003 "Key Issues for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia." Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, March 18.

2001 “Land to Some Tillers” Paper Workshop “Moving Targets: Displacement, Impoverishment and Development” Cornell University, November 9-10.

2001 “Globalization and Aquaculture: New Regulatory Practices in Thai Aquaculture.” Invited Presentation, Chiangmai University, July, 2001.

2000 “Racializing Forest Space.” Invited presentation, Chiangmai University, Thailand. August 15.

2000 Theme Leader in IDRC’s Symposium on Community Resource Management, Guiyang, China.

1999 “Ecology and Political Economy in Southeast Asia.” Invited Presentation, Glendon College Living and Learning in Retirement Course A. November 19.

1998 “State Formation and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Invited Presentation, Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz. November 23.

1998 “Shrimp, Lies, and Videotapes.” Invited Presentation, Southeast Asia Program, University of California at Berkeley. November 18.

1998 “Scientific Forestry and State Power: Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia Compared.” Science University of Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia): February 12.

1998 “Scientific Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia: Colonial and Post-Colonial Practices.” Chiangmai University (Thailand): February 11.

1998 “Mapping and State Power” Cornell University, Febuary 10.

1996 Participant, Workshop on "Settled States: Agarian Studies, Cultural Polities and Political Economy." University of California at Berkeley, June 4, 1996.

1995 Participant, CCSEAS Workshop on Southeast Asia as a Site of Globalization. University of British Columbia, 16-19 February, 1995.

Forthcoming

2010 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Forthcoming in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature, Transforming Ecologies: Science, Power and Practice. University of Chicago Press.

2009 Introduction, The Politics of Decentralization (with Chusak Withayapak).


Peter Vandergeest (Ph.D., Cornell, 1990) teaches and writes in the areas of political ecology, agro-food studies, and the cultural politics of environment and development. Current and recent research encompasses agrarian studies in Southeast Asia, the history of scientific forestry in Southeast Asia, privatizing environmental regulation in industrial aquaculture, and democratization in natural resource management.

Area of Specialization

Geography


Degrees

Ph.D., Development Sociology, Cornell University
M.S., Development Sociology, Cornell University
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Professional Leadership

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, York University
Member, Graduate Program in Geography
Member, Graduate Program in Sociology
Visiting Lecturer, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. Chiangmai University (Thailand)



Research Interests:

Political Ecology, Agrofood Systems, Cultural Politics of Development, Environmental Certification, Southeast Asia, Thailand.

Current Research Projects

  • The Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia
    Summary: 
    The project brings together a network of scholars in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, and five Southeast Asian countries to study various dimensions of the agrarian transition in Southeast Asia. The project will be completed in the summer of 2010, and has funded the field research of many graduate students at York, in Southeast Asia, and elsewhere.

    Description: 
    My research for this project looks at debates around regulation, markets, and politics among the diverse networks and coalitions have been promoting a greening of agriculture in ways that brings the term "green" full circle in relation to the usual meaning of "green revolution". The research sites include Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and it is a collaborative effort with Atchara Rakyutidharm (Chiangmai University), Mary Young (York University), and Steffanie Scott (University of Waterloo). In addition, I am co-editing (with Jonathan Rigg (Durham University) a volume entitled “Revisiting Agrarian Transitions” comprised of restudies in diverse sites in Southeast Asia. Collectively, these studies will help us explain how and why some rural people have been able to improve their situations while others have not, and how rural places and agrarian relations have been transformed through the agency of rural people.

    Role: Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI-SSHRCC), Co-investigator; Principal Researcher, Rodolphe de Koninck, University of Montreal. 2004-2011

  • Privatizing Environmental Governance
    Summary: 
    A global analysis of the effects and effectiveness of environmental certification for farmed salmon and shrimp (2007-2010).

    Description: 
    For more information, see http://www.yorku.ca/ycar/Programs_Projects/PEG_main.html With Derek Hall, Mike Skladany, Beatriz Cid, Md. Saidul Islam, and Anusorn Unno.

  • History of Political Forests in Southeast Asia:
    Description: 
    With Nancy Lee Peluso (University of California, Berkeley): This long term project takes a historical approach to understanding how forestry practice co-produced political forests and states in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The focus is also on how rural people’s access to forests have been remade through this territorializing process. The current stage takes up the violent co-production of national states and scientific forestry during the cold-war era of insurgencies and emergencies.

Selected Publications

2009 The Politics of Decentralization in Southeast Asia. Chiangmai, Thailand: Mekong Press. Co-editor, with Chusak Withayapak.

2011 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Pages 152-166 (Chapter 8) in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and Science Studies. University of Chicago Press.

2008 “New Concepts, New Natures?: Revisiting Commodities Production in Southern Thailand.” Pages 206-224 in Joseph Nevins and Nancy Lee Peluso (editors.), Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, People, and Nature in a Neoliberal Age. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2007 “Certification and Communities: Alternatives for Regulating the Environmental and Social Impacts of Shrimp Farming.” World Development 35 (7): 1152-1171.

2006 “Empires of Forestry: Professional Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia, Part 2." Environment and History 12:359-93). Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso.

All Publications

Books

2009 The Politics of Decentralization in Southeast Asia. Chiangmai, Thailand: Mekong Press. Co-editor, with Chusak Withayapak.

2006 Development’s Displacements: Economies, Ecologies, and Cultures at Risk. Co-editor, with Pablo Idahosa and Pablo Bose. University of British Columbia Press, 288 pages.

1996 Constructing the Countryside. Co-editor with E. Melanie Dupuis. Temple University Press, 346 pages.

Book Chapters

2011 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Pages 152-166 (Chapter 8) in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature: Conversations between Political Ecology and Science Studies. University of Chicago Press.

2009 Certification Standards and the Governance of Green Foods in Southeast Asia. Pages 61-92 in Jennifer Clapp and Doris Fuchs (editors), Corporate Power and Global Agrifood Governance. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (Second author, with Steffanie Scott and Mary Young).

2008 “New Concepts, New Natures?: Revisiting Commodities Production in Southern Thailand.” Pages 206-224 in Joseph Nevins and Nancy Lee Peluso (editors.), Taking Southeast Asia to Market: Commodities, People, and Nature in a Neoliberal Age. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2006 “Introduction.” Pages 3-32 in Development’s Displacements (above). First author, with Pablo Idahosa and Pablo Bose.

2006 “Displacements in the New Land Reform Agenda” Pages 136-154 in Development’s Displacements (above).

2006 “CBNRM Communities in Action.” Pages 321-346 in Stephen R. Tyler (ed.), Communities, Livelihoods, and Natural Resources: Action Research and Policy Change in Asia. U.K.: Intermediate Technologies Development Group Publishing/International Development Research Centre.

2005 “New Regulation and agro-food industrialization: assessing codes of conduct for shrimp farming in Thailand.” Pages 51-72 in Rodolphe de Koninck and Bruno Thibert (editors), Coping with Globalization: Southeast Asian Historical and Cultural Heritage. University of Montreal: Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Trilateral Initiative.

2004 “Resource Tenure.” Pages 594-595 in Forsyth, T. (editor) (2004) Encyclopedia of International Development, London and New York: Routledge.

2004 “Displacement." Page 161-163 in Forsyth, T. (editor) (2004) Encyclopedia of International Development, London and New York: Routledge.

2001 “Violence and the Blue Revolution: Industrial Shrimp Farming in Thailand and Honduras.” Pages 261-286 in Nancy Peluso and Michael Watts (editors), Violent Environments. Cornell University Press (co-author, with Susan Stonich).

2001 “Territorialization and State Power in Thailand.” Pages 177-186 in N. Blomley, D. Delaney, and R.T. Ford (editors), The Legal Geographies Reader. Malden, Mass: Blackwell (co-author with Nancy Peluso, reprint of article published in Theory and Society).

1996 "Introduction." Pages 1-25 in Constructing the Countryside (above). (first author, with Melanie Dupuis)

1996 "Real Villages." Pages 279-302 in Constructing the Countryside (above).

Journal Articles

2009 “Reading too much into aspirations: More explorations of the space between coerced and voluntary resettlement in Laos." Critical Asian Studies 40(4):531-50 (December). Co-author with Ian Baird, Keith Barney, and Bruce Shoemaker.

2009 “Reading too much into aspirations: More explorations of the space between coerced and voluntary resettlement in Laos." Critical Asian Studies 40(4):531-50 (December). Co-author with Ian Baird, Keith Barney, and Bruce Shoemaker.

2008 “Engaging Indigeneity in Development Policy.” Development Policy Review 26(4):483-500 (July). Co-author with Melissa Marschke and David Szablowski.

2007 “Certification and Communities: Alternatives for Regulating the Environmental and Social Impacts of Shrimp Farming.” World Development 35 (7): 1152-1171.

2006 “Empires of Forestry: Professional Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia, Part 2." Environment and History 12:359-93). Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso.

2004 “Catch of the Day.” Alternatives 30(2):22-24. Second author, with Mike Skladany.

2003 “Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Building at the National University of Laos: Lessons for North-South Collaboration"@ Canadian Journal of Development Studies XXIV(1):119-135. Primary Author, with Khamla Phanvilay, Yayoi Fujita, Jefferson Fox, Philip Hirsch, Penny Van Esterik, Chusak Withayapak, and Stephen Tyler.

2003 "Racialization and Citizenship in Thai Forest Politics" Society and Natural Resources 16(1):19-37.

2003 "Land to some tillers: development-induced displacement in Laos." International Social Science Journal 175 (March; special issue on development-induced displacement): 47-56.

2001 “Genealogies of the Political Forest and Customary Rights in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.” Journal of Asian Studies 60(3):761-812 (co-author with Nancy Peluso).

2001 “Response to Jasper Goss et al, "Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand: A Response to Vandergeest et al.” Rural Sociology 66(3):461-465 (primary author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller).

1999 “A Political Ecology of Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Rural Sociology 64(4):573-596 (primary author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller).

1999 “Rice Paddy or Shrimp Pond: Tough Decisions in Rural Thailand.” World Development 27(12):2045-2060. (Second author with Mark Flaherty and Paul Miller)

1998 “Reply: Protected Areas and Property Rights in Thailand.” Environmental Conservation 25(4): 7-9.

1998 “‘Low Salt’ Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand: Goodbye Coastline Hello Khon Kaen!” Environmental Management 22:817-830 (Second author with Mark Flaherty).

1996 "Property Rights in Protected Areas: Obstacles to Community Involvement as a Solution in Thailand." Environmental Conservation 23(3):259-268.

1996 "Mapping Nature: Territorialization of Forest Rights in Thailand." Society and Natural Resources 9:159-175.

1995 "Territorialization and State Power in Thailand" Theory and Society 24:385-426 (co-author with Nancy Lee Peluso).

1995 "Social Aspects of Forestry in Southeast Asia". Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (Special Anniversary Issue) 26(1):196-216 (co-author Nancy Lee Peluso and Lesley Potter).

1993 "The Southern Thai Shadowplay in Historical Context," Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 24(2):307-330 (primary author with Paritta Chalermpow-Koanantakool).

1993 "Constructing Thailand," Comparative Studies in Society and History 35(1):133-158.

1993 "Hierarchy and Power in Pre-National Buddhist States," Modern Asian Studies 27(4):843-870.

1991 "Gifts and Rights," Development and Change 22:421-43.

1989 "Peasant Strategies in a World Context," Human Organization 48(2):117-25.

1988 "Commercialization and Commoditization," Sociologia Ruralis 27(1):7-29.

1988 "Weber, Marx, and Development Sociology," World Development 16(6):683-95 (primary author with Frederick H. Buttel).

1980 "A Theoretical Study of the Modeling and Control of a Solar Water Electrolysis Plant," (first author, with Thomas Z. Fahidy). Solar Energy 25(2):123-29.

Conference Papers

2010 “A New Extra-Territoriality: Legitimacy and Illegitimacy in Aquaculture Certification in the Global South.” Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, April 14-18, Washington, D.S. Co-authored with Anusorn Unno.

2009 “Is the Alternative Agriculture Movement Having Any Wider Impact? Observations in Southern Thailand.” Presented at the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies biennial conference, October 15-17, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

2009 “Certification and Legitimacy in Thailand.” World Aquaculture 2009, 26-30 September, Veracruz, Mexico.

2008 Organic Food in Thai Kitchens: Actors in the Natural Food Revolution in Thailand. Foodscapes of Southeast Asia, 29 February, York University.

2008 “Key Questions for the New Green Revolution.” The Tenth International Conference on Thai Studies, January 9-11, The Thai Khadi Research Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

2007 “New Green Revolutions: Ecological Agriculture and Natural Markets in Thailand.” Canadian Council on Southeast Asian Studies Biannual Meeting, October 18-21, Quebec City.

2007 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities!" Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Association of American Geographers 2007 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 17-21.

2007 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities! Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, March 22-25, Boston.

2006 Panelist, “Festschift for Professor E. Walter Coward.” The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property. Bali, Indonesia: June 19-23, 2006.

2006 “The Forests are Surrounding the Cities! Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Political Forestry in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand.” Paper Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Environmental History, March 29 to April 2, St. Paul. Co-author with Nancy Lee Peluso.

2006 “Natural Markets: Remaking food and agriculture in Southeast Asia.” Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, March 7-11, Chicago.

2005 “Regional Processes in Southeast Asian Agro-food Transformations.” Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Conference, October 14-16, York University, Toronto.

2005 “Agrofood transformations in Southeast Asia: Some recent trends.” Co-presenter, with Mary Young. Meetings of the Canadian Area Studies Learned Societies, April 27-May 1, Montreal.

2004 “Locating Locality in Translocal Green Certification.” Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Sacramento, California, August 18-22.

2004 “New Environmental Regulation and Agro-food Industrialization.” Paper presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), New York, May, 2004.

2004 “Seafood Fad, Fashion or Movement? The Emerging Position of Consumer Education Campaigns in Sustainable Fishing and Aquaculture Reform.” Paper Presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS). Co-authored, with Mike Skladany, New York, May, 2004.

2003 “Flexible Networking in Research Capacity Building at the National University of Laos” Presented at the East Asia Council and Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Joint Conference, October 10-12, University of Montreal, Montreal.

2003 “New Regulation and Agro-food Industrialization: Assessing Codes of Conduct for Shrimp Farming in Thailand/Southeast Asia.” Presented at the East Asia Council and Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies Joint Conference, October 10-12, University of Montreal, Montreal.

2003 “Issues in New Regulatory Networks: Codes of Conduct and Other Regulatory Practices for Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers, May 27-31, Victoria, BC.

2003 “Key Issues for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia.” Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, March 18.

2002 “Shrimp and Salmon Consumption in North America: Following the Changing Definition of Good Food Along the Commodity Network and Beyond.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Chicago, August 14-17. First author, with Mike Skladany, Keith Barney, and Karen Lucatelli.

2002 Contesting “Good Food” in Shrimp and Salmon Commodity Networks. Paper presented at the Joint Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) and Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS), June 15, 2002.

2002 “The Ironies of Good Governance in Asia: three Case Studies.” CIDA/CASA Collaborative Program, Humanities and Social Sciences Congress (The Learneds). May 28.

2001 “New Regulatory Regimes in Thai Aquaculture: Globalization, Local Mobilization, and the State.” Joint Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies and the Canadian Council Co-authored with Paul Miller.

2001 “Regulatory Alternatives for Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Albequerque, New Mexico, August 16-19. Co-authored with Paul Miller.

2000 “Resources and the Racialization of Space: Thailand and Malaysia.” Yale University Agrarian Studies Program Decennial Conference. Yale University: May 12-13.

1999 “Community Forestry and Legacies of Colonial-Era Customary Rights.” Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association and Rural Sociological Society. Chicago: August 5-12.

1999 “Shrimp Aquaculture and the Politics of Zoning in Thailand.” Seventh International Congress on Thai Studies. Amsterdam: July 4-8.

1998 “How Political Ecology can contribute to the Sociology of Agriculture." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Association. Portland: August, 1998.

1997 “Elevation, Identity, and Resource Politics in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Washington, D.S.: November 19-23.

1997 “Legacies of Thai and Malay Colonial Forest Practices.” Meetings of the Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies. Acadia University, Wolfville: October 3-5.

1997 “A Political Ecology of Shrimp Aquaculture in Thailand.” Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Association. Toronto: August 13-17 (with Mark Flaherty).

1996 "Tenure Transformations on the Malay Peninsula." The 6th International Conference on Thai Studies. Chiang Mai, Thailand: October 14-17.

1996 "Legal Aspects of Community Resource Rights in Southeast Asia." Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. New York: August 16-20 (with Nancy Peluso).

1996 "The Seductive Appeal of Maps." Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, June 5-8, 1996.

1996 "State, Market, and Tenure Transformations in Upland Southern Thailand." Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property, June 5-8, 1996.

1996 "A comparison of Nineteenth-Century Forest and Land Policies in British, Dutch, and Non-colonized Southeast Asia." Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, April 11-14, 1996 (with Nancy Peluso).

1995 "National Parks, Territoriality, and the New Globalism in Thailand and Malaysia." Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, Quebec City, October 27-29.

1995 "Mapping Resource Claims: The Use of Maps in the Transformation of Resource Tenure in Thailand." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society, Washington, D.C., August 17-20.

1994 "Territorialization of Rights to the Forest in Thailand," Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, Boston, March 24-26.

1993 "Fixing Property in Thai Space." Meetings of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, Edmonton, October 15-16.

1993 "What is a Forest? Territorialization and the Thai State." Annual Meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (special session on forest co-management), Orlando, Florida, August 7-10.

1993 "Perspectives on the Village in Development Thinking." Learned Societies Conference (CASID), Carlton Univeristy, Ottawa, June 7-9.

1992 "National Identity and the Village in Rural Development." Eighth World Congress for Rural Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, August 11-16.

1991 "Gifts and Rights." Meetings of the Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, York University, October 18-20.

1991 "Social Context and Change in the Southern Thai Shadowplay." Annual Meetings of the Association for Asian Studies, New Orleans, April 11-15 (with Paritta Chalermpow-Koanantakool).

1990 "Modernization and Justice in Rural Thailand." Conference of the Northwest Regional Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies, Seattle, October 19-21.

1990 "Drawing on Conceptions of Past Community Self-Help as a Response to the Current Rural Crisis: Some Cautionary Observations." Learned Societies Conference (Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Meetings), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, May 26-30.

Professional Journal Articles

2004 Feature Essay, “Common and Uncommon Themes in the Politics of the Commons.” Mekong Update and Dialogue 7(1):2-3.

2001 Feature Essay, “Land Tenure Reform in Thailand and Laos.” Mekong Information and Dialogue 4::2-3.

1997 “Rethinking Property.” Pages 4-7 in The Common Property Resource Digest 41 (April, 1997).

1997 “Protecting Nature and Displacing People.” Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees 16(3):28-31.

1994 "What is a Forest?" Pages 7-26 in Proceedings of Interagency Symposium: Property Rights and Public Values in Managing Natural Resources. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.

1988 "Everyday Choices Among Palm Sugar Producers in Satingpra, Thailand," The Chulalongkorn Social Research Journal 10:48-76.

Book Reviews

2008 Hjorleifur Jonsson, Mein Relations: Mountain People and State Control in Thailand. Pacific Affairs 81(3).

2008 Janet Sturgeon, Border Landscapes: The Politics of Akha Land Use in China and Thailand. The Canadian Geographer 52(1):126-127.

1999 John Girling, Interpreting Development. Southeast Journal of Social Science 27(1)138-139.

1996 Richard H. Hadden, On the Shoulders of Merchants. Canadian Journal of Sociology. Volume 21.

1993 Manas Chitakasem and Andrew Turton (eds.), Thai Constructions of Knowledge. Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia 8(2):4-11.

1993 Craig Reynolds, National Identity and Its Defenders. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 24(1), March 1993.

1993 Jeremy Kemp, Seductive Mirage. Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia 8(2):12-14.

Research Reports

2006 "Indigenous Peoples' Scoping Exercise, Synthesis Report." Working Paper Number 21, Rural Poverty and Environment Program of the International Development Research Centre. Co-author with Melissa Marschke and David Szablowski. http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-59470-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html

2003 “The Politics of Transnational Ties: Implications for Policy, Research, and Communities.” Canadian Centre for Policy Development, Department for Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Third Author, with Luin Goldring and Susan Henders.

1999 “Resource Tenure: Readings and Resources for Researchers.” Edited with introduction (first author with Tony Rogge). Ottawa: International Development Research Centre, CBNRM Resource Book.

Public Lectures

2010 Invited Lecture, “Producing Scientific Forestry through Political Violence: Jungle-Based Insurgencies and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia.” Science, Technology and Science Research Seminar, York University, January 26

2009 Invited Discussant, “East Asian Development: Destiny, Politics and Economic Unbalances.” To discuss Thai film “Agrarian Utopia.” Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Asian Institute, and the Asia Pacific Foundation, November 10, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.

2009 Invited Lecture, “New Green Revolutions: Alternative Agriculture and Organic Food in a Global South Context.” University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, 17 June.

2009 “New Green Revolutions in Thailand: History, Trends, Tensions.” RCSD Special Lecture, Chiangmai University, Thailand, 14 January, 2003.

2009 Invited Participant, National Academies (United States) Workshop on “Certification of Sustainable Good and Services.” National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, Irvine, California, January 19-21

2009 Colloquium Speaker, “Alternative Agriculture in the Global South: Analytical Methods for Research in Thailand.” Department of Geography, York University.

2009 Invited Presenter, “Opening the Green Box: How Organic Became the Standard for Alternative Agriculture in Southeast Asia” University of California: Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics Colloquium, April 17.

2008 Resource Person, Dissertation Workshop on The Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia. 30 May to 1 June, Los Banos, Philippines.

2008 Invited Speaker and Resource Person, Between State and Society: Local-Level Politics in Southeast Asia. PhD Workshop, Graduate School of International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark, May 6-9.

2008 Public Lecture, “New Green Revolutions in Thailand: History, Trends, Tensions." The Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development, January 14.

2007 Scientific Advisor, The first scientific meeting of RESCOPAR (“Rebuilding resilience of coastal populations and aquatic resources: habitats, biodiversity and sustainable use options.”) Wageningen University. 30-31 August 2007, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

2007 Participant, Workshop on Science Studies and Political Ecology. University of California, Berkeley, April 16.

2006 Faculty Resource Person. Workshop on “Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia.” Singapore, 29-30 June, 2006. A two day workshop for eleven MA students and eleven PhD students from Southeast Asia, the United States, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

2006 Discussant, Panel on “Post-Socialist Land Relations.” The Eleventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property. Bali, Indonesia: June 19-23, 2006.

2006 “Emergencies, Insurgencies and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, Southeast Asia Seminar Series, November 17.

2006 “New Green Revolutions?” East-West Centre Seminar on Environmental Change, Vulnerability, and Governance. University of Hawaii, Hawaii, October 5.

2005 “Community-Based Regulation and Certification in Shrimp Aquaculture.” Invited presentation, World Aquaculture Society Meetings, Indonesia, May 9-13.

2005 “Commodities and Actors: Palm sugar to shrimp farming in Southern Thailand.” Invited Paper, Producing Nature and People as Commodities in Southeast Asia. University of California, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 22nd Annual Conference. February 4-5.

2004 “Conservation and Displacement: Rethinking basic assumptions.” Workshop on Ethics, Development, and Displacement. Carlton University, Ottawa, October 26.

2004 Invited Respondent and Resource Person, CBNRM Research Synthesis and Dissemination Workshop. International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Tagatay City, Philippines, May 17-26. Helped case study authors from seven Asian countries write chapters for an IDRC publication on Community-Based Natural Resource Management.

2004 "New Environmental Regulation and Agro-Food Industrialization." Invited Lecture, Clark University. January 30.

2003 "Issues in New Regulatory Networks: Local Participation in Codes of Conduct for Shrimp Farming in Thailand." Invited Lecture, Chiangmai University, December 12.

2003 "Future Challenges - Environmental Change and Sustainable Development." Canadian Forces College, Toronto, May 8.

2003 "Key Issues for Sustainable Development in Southeast Asia." Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, March 18.

2001 “Land to Some Tillers” Paper Workshop “Moving Targets: Displacement, Impoverishment and Development” Cornell University, November 9-10.

2001 “Globalization and Aquaculture: New Regulatory Practices in Thai Aquaculture.” Invited Presentation, Chiangmai University, July, 2001.

2000 “Racializing Forest Space.” Invited presentation, Chiangmai University, Thailand. August 15.

2000 Theme Leader in IDRC’s Symposium on Community Resource Management, Guiyang, China.

1999 “Ecology and Political Economy in Southeast Asia.” Invited Presentation, Glendon College Living and Learning in Retirement Course A. November 19.

1998 “State Formation and Forestry in Southeast Asia.” Invited Presentation, Department of Sociology, University of California at Santa Cruz. November 23.

1998 “Shrimp, Lies, and Videotapes.” Invited Presentation, Southeast Asia Program, University of California at Berkeley. November 18.

1998 “Scientific Forestry and State Power: Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia Compared.” Science University of Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia): February 12.

1998 “Scientific Forestry and State Power in Southeast Asia: Colonial and Post-Colonial Practices.” Chiangmai University (Thailand): February 11.

1998 “Mapping and State Power” Cornell University, Febuary 10.

1996 Participant, Workshop on "Settled States: Agarian Studies, Cultural Polities and Political Economy." University of California at Berkeley, June 4, 1996.

1995 Participant, CCSEAS Workshop on Southeast Asia as a Site of Globalization. University of British Columbia, 16-19 February, 1995.

Forthcoming

2010 “Political Violence and Scientific Forestry: Emergencies, Insurgencies, and Counter-Insurgencies in Southeast Asia" (co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso). Forthcoming in Matthew Turner, Mara Goldman, and Paul Nadasdy (editors), Knowing Nature, Transforming Ecologies: Science, Power and Practice. University of Chicago Press.

2009 Introduction, The Politics of Decentralization (with Chusak Withayapak).