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Peter Vandergeest

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Department of Geography

Professor

Office: Ross Building, N405
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 66191
Email: pvander@yorku.ca

Peter Vandergeest (Ph.D., Cornell, 1990) teaches and writes in the areas of political ecology and agrarian studies in Southeast Asia. He has conducted research on topics including the history of scientific forestry in Southeast Asia (with Nancy Peluso); sustainability certification for industrial aquaculture; alternative agriculture in Southeast Asia (with Mary Young); and most recently on market mechanisms and private sector involvement in the governance of fisheries and forestry in Southeast Asia. He is now focusing on the ecologies of labour in the fisheries, working with Melissa Marschke to explore how labour relations in the fisheries have been remade through migration, industrialization, and changing marine ecologies, and to learn what the recent controversies around unfree labour in fisheries can tell us about capitalism.

Degrees

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

Research Interests

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

Current Research Projects

New Directions in Environmental Governance: Remaking public and private authority in Southeast Asian resource frontiers.

    Description:

    Investigating the ecological and equity implications of market mechanisms and private sector involvement in the environmental governance of forests and fisheries in mainland Southeast Asia. Have funded thesis research by about 20 graduate students, as well as my research on fisheries labour in collaboration with Melissa Marschke.

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    Role: Principle Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2014

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    Collaborator: Melissa Marschke
    Collaborator Institution: University of Ottawa
    Collaborator Role: collaborative research on fisheries labour

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.

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    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.

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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.

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Books

Publication
Year

Rigg, J., and P. Vandergeest (eds.) Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

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

2009

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.

2006

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

1996

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Vandergeest, P., and R. Roth. 2016. “A Southeast Asian Political Ecology.” Pages 82-98 (Chapter 6) in P. Hirsch (editor), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. New York: Routledge.

2016

Vandergeest, P. 2016. “Transnational Sustainability Certification as a New Extraterritoriality? Chapter 16 in C. Antons (editor), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. Pages 271-288. New York: Routledge.

2016

Vandergeest, P., and N.L. Peluso. “Political Forests.” Chapter 12 in R. Bryant (editor), Handbook of Political Ecology. Edward Elgar.

2015

Vandergeest, P. Forthcoming. “Transnational Sustainability Certification as a New Extraterritoriality? Chapter 16 in C. Antons (editor), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. Routledge.

2015

Vandergeest, P., and R. Roth. “A Southeast Asian Political Ecology.” In P. Hirsch (editor), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. Routledge

2015

Peluso, N. L. and P. Vandergeest. 2013. “Jungles, Forests, and the Theatre of Wars: Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, and the Political Forest in Southeast Asia”. Chapter 5 in Susanna Hecht, Kathleen Morrison, and Christine Padoch (editors), The Social Life of Forests. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso. Based on paper in Annals of American Geographers (above).

2013

Vandergeest, P., and J. Rigg. “The Restudy ‘Problem’ and Agrarian Change: Revisiting Rural Places in Southeast Asia.” Pages 1-24 (Chapter 1) in J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (editors), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

De Koninck, R., J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest. 2012. “A Half Century of Agrarian Transformations in Southeast Asia, 1960-2010.” Pages 25-37 (Chapter 2) in J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (eds), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

Vandergeest, P. 2012. “Deagrarianization and Reagrarianization: Multiple Pathways of Change on the Sathing Phra Peninsula.” Pages 135-156 (Chapter 8) in Jonathan Rigg and Peter Vandergeest (editors), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

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.

2011

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).

2009

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.

2008

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.

2006

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

2006

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

2006

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.

2005

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

2004

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

2004

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).

2001

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

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

1996

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

1996

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

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

2008

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

2008

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

1999

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

1996

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

1993

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

1993

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

1993

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Schoenberger, L., D. Hall, and P. Vandergeest. 2017. Introduction: What Happened When the Land Grab Came to Southeast Asia? Journal of Peasant Studies 44(4):697-725.

2017

Vandergeest, P., Tran, O. and Marschke, M., 2017. Modern day slavery in Thai fisheries: academic critique, practical action. Critical Asian Studies 49:3):461-464.

2017

Marschke, M. and Vandergeest, P., 2016. Slavery scandals: Unpacking labour challenges and policy responses within the off-shore fisheries sector. Marine Policy (68):39-46.

2016

Vandergeest, P., S. Ponte, and S. Bush. 2015. Assembling Sustainable Territories: Space, Subjects, Objects and Expertise in Seafood Certification. Environment and Planning A 47:1-19. doi:10.1177/0308518X15599297

2015

Gururani, S., and P. Vandergeest. 2014. “Introduction: New Frontiers of Ecological Knowledge: Co-producing Knowledge and Governance in Asia.” Conservation and Society 12(4): 343-351 (Oct-Nov).

2014

Bush, S., R., Ben Belton, D. Hall, P. Vandergeest, F. J. Murray, S. Ponte , P. Oosterveer, M. S. Islam, A. P.J. Mol, M. Hatanaka, F. Kruijssen, Tran Thi Thu Ha, D. C. Little and R. Kusumawati. 2013. “Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?” Science 341(6150):1067-1968. [September 2013]

2013

Vandergeest, P., and A. Unno. 2012. “A new extraterritoriality? Aquaculture certification, sovereignty, and empire.” Political Geography 31 (6): 358–367.

2012

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

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

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

2008

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

2007

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.

2006

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

2004

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

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

2003

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

2003

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

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).

2001

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

1999

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)

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1996

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

1996

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).

1995

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

1995

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

1993

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

1993

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

1993

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

1991

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

1989

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

1988

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

1988

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.

1980

Professional Journal Articles

Publication
Year

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

2004

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

2001

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

1997

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

1997

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.

1994

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

1988

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

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.

2010

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

2009

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

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.

2008

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

2008

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

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

2007

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

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

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.

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

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.

2005

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

2005

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

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

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.

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

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

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

2003

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

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

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

2002

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

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

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.

2001

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

2000

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

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

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).

1996

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

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

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

1996

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

1996

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.

1995

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

1995

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

1994

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

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

1993

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

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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).

1991

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.

1990

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

1990

Research Reports

Publication
Year

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

2006

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.

2003

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

1999

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

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

2010

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

2009

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

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

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

2009

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

2009

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.

2009

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

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

2008

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

2008

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

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

2007

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

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

2006

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

2006

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

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.

2005

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

2005

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

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

2004

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

2004

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

2003

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

2003

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

2003

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

2001

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

2001

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

2000

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1996

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

1995

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

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.

2010

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

2009

Other

Publication
Year

Vandergeest, P., and Laura Schoenberger (editors). 2017. Agrarian and Environmental Transformations in Southeast Asia. Journal of Peasant Studies 44(4).

2017

Peter Vandergeest (Ph.D., Cornell, 1990) teaches and writes in the areas of political ecology and agrarian studies in Southeast Asia. He has conducted research on topics including the history of scientific forestry in Southeast Asia (with Nancy Peluso); sustainability certification for industrial aquaculture; alternative agriculture in Southeast Asia (with Mary Young); and most recently on market mechanisms and private sector involvement in the governance of fisheries and forestry in Southeast Asia. He is now focusing on the ecologies of labour in the fisheries, working with Melissa Marschke to explore how labour relations in the fisheries have been remade through migration, industrialization, and changing marine ecologies, and to learn what the recent controversies around unfree labour in fisheries can tell us about capitalism.

Degrees

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

Research Interests

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

Current Research Projects

New Directions in Environmental Governance: Remaking public and private authority in Southeast Asian resource frontiers.

    Description:

    Investigating the ecological and equity implications of market mechanisms and private sector involvement in the environmental governance of forests and fisheries in mainland Southeast Asia. Have funded thesis research by about 20 graduate students, as well as my research on fisheries labour in collaboration with Melissa Marschke.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principle Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2014

    End Date:
      Month: Aug   Year: 2018

    Collaborator: Melissa Marschke
    Collaborator Institution: University of Ottawa
    Collaborator Role: collaborative research on fisheries labour

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.

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Vandergeest, P., and R. Roth. 2016. “A Southeast Asian Political Ecology.” Pages 82-98 (Chapter 6) in P. Hirsch (editor), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. New York: Routledge.

2016

Vandergeest, P. 2016. “Transnational Sustainability Certification as a New Extraterritoriality? Chapter 16 in C. Antons (editor), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. Pages 271-288. New York: Routledge.

2016

Vandergeest, P., and N.L. Peluso. “Political Forests.” Chapter 12 in R. Bryant (editor), Handbook of Political Ecology. Edward Elgar.

2015

Vandergeest, P. Forthcoming. “Transnational Sustainability Certification as a New Extraterritoriality? Chapter 16 in C. Antons (editor), Routledge Handbook of Asian Law. Routledge.

2015

Vandergeest, P., and R. Roth. “A Southeast Asian Political Ecology.” In P. Hirsch (editor), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. Routledge

2015

Peluso, N. L. and P. Vandergeest. 2013. “Jungles, Forests, and the Theatre of Wars: Insurgency, Counterinsurgency, and the Political Forest in Southeast Asia”. Chapter 5 in Susanna Hecht, Kathleen Morrison, and Christine Padoch (editors), The Social Life of Forests. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Co-author, with Nancy Lee Peluso. Based on paper in Annals of American Geographers (above).

2013

Vandergeest, P., and J. Rigg. “The Restudy ‘Problem’ and Agrarian Change: Revisiting Rural Places in Southeast Asia.” Pages 1-24 (Chapter 1) in J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (editors), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

De Koninck, R., J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest. 2012. “A Half Century of Agrarian Transformations in Southeast Asia, 1960-2010.” Pages 25-37 (Chapter 2) in J. Rigg and P. Vandergeest (eds), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

Vandergeest, P. 2012. “Deagrarianization and Reagrarianization: Multiple Pathways of Change on the Sathing Phra Peninsula.” Pages 135-156 (Chapter 8) in Jonathan Rigg and Peter Vandergeest (editors), Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

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.

2011

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).

2009

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.

2008

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.

2006

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

2006

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

2006

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.

2005

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

2004

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

2004

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).

2001

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

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

1996

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

1996

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

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

2008

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

2008

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

1999

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

1996

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

1993

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

1993

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

1993

Books

Publication
Year

Rigg, J., and P. Vandergeest (eds.) Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press and Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

2012

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

2009

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.

2006

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

1996

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Schoenberger, L., D. Hall, and P. Vandergeest. 2017. Introduction: What Happened When the Land Grab Came to Southeast Asia? Journal of Peasant Studies 44(4):697-725.

2017

Vandergeest, P., Tran, O. and Marschke, M., 2017. Modern day slavery in Thai fisheries: academic critique, practical action. Critical Asian Studies 49:3):461-464.

2017

Marschke, M. and Vandergeest, P., 2016. Slavery scandals: Unpacking labour challenges and policy responses within the off-shore fisheries sector. Marine Policy (68):39-46.

2016

Vandergeest, P., S. Ponte, and S. Bush. 2015. Assembling Sustainable Territories: Space, Subjects, Objects and Expertise in Seafood Certification. Environment and Planning A 47:1-19. doi:10.1177/0308518X15599297

2015

Gururani, S., and P. Vandergeest. 2014. “Introduction: New Frontiers of Ecological Knowledge: Co-producing Knowledge and Governance in Asia.” Conservation and Society 12(4): 343-351 (Oct-Nov).

2014

Bush, S., R., Ben Belton, D. Hall, P. Vandergeest, F. J. Murray, S. Ponte , P. Oosterveer, M. S. Islam, A. P.J. Mol, M. Hatanaka, F. Kruijssen, Tran Thi Thu Ha, D. C. Little and R. Kusumawati. 2013. “Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?” Science 341(6150):1067-1968. [September 2013]

2013

Vandergeest, P., and A. Unno. 2012. “A new extraterritoriality? Aquaculture certification, sovereignty, and empire.” Political Geography 31 (6): 358–367.

2012

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

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

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

2008

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

2007

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.

2006

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

2004

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

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

2003

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

2003

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

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).

2001

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

1999

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)

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1996

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

1996

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).

1995

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

1995

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

1993

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

1993

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

1993

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

1991

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

1989

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

1988

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

1988

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.

1980

Professional Journal Articles

Publication
Year

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

2004

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

2001

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

1997

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

1997

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.

1994

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

1988

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

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.

2010

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

2009

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

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.

2008

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

2008

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

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

2007

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

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

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.

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

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.

2005

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

2005

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

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

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.

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

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

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

2003

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

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

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

2002

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

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

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.

2001

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

2000

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

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

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).

1996

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

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

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

1996

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

1996

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.

1995

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

1995

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

1994

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

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

1993

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

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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).

1991

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.

1990

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

1990

Research Reports

Publication
Year

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

2006

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.

2003

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

1999

Public Lectures

Publication
Year

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

2010

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

2009

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

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

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

2009

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

2009

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.

2009

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

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

2008

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

2008

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

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

2007

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

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

2006

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

2006

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

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.

2005

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

2005

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

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

2004

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

2004

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

2003

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

2003

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

2003

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

2001

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

2001

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

2000

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1996

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

1995

Forthcoming

Publication
Year

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.

2010

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

2009

Other

Publication
Year

Vandergeest, P., and Laura Schoenberger (editors). 2017. Agrarian and Environmental Transformations in Southeast Asia. Journal of Peasant Studies 44(4).

2017