Emily Yeh works on issues of development, environment, and the relationship between nature and society, broadly defined. Her regional expertise is in Tibetan areas of China. She has conducted field research on property rights, conflicts over access to natural resources, environmental history, emerging environmentalisms, nature and nation, transnationalism, and the political economy and cultural politics of development and landscape transformation in Tibet. She has also worked on the cultural politics of identity and race in the Tibetan diaspora, and on interdisciplinary projects investigating the vulnerability of herders to snowstorms and the determinants of grassland degradation in Tibet. Her newer work concerns the politics of Chinese infrastructural development.
nature-society geography, political ecology, human geography, development studies, environmental governance, identity, cultural politics, indigeneity