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Dwyer, Michael Benjamin Instructor


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  • Michael Dwyer is a political ecologist who studies the intersection of agrarian change, environmental politics and struggles over property formalization and development in Southeast Asia. He has conducted fieldwork in Laos and Cambodia on the legacies of Cold War conflict on contemporary rural development, the geography and policy tradeoffs of land titling, and land conflicts and property rights related to new infrastructure, large-scale land concessions, and carbon forestry/REDD+; he has also worked collaborative across the region on these and other land and natural resource-related governance issues in Indonesia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. Mike’s current work examines land governance debates in the context of large-scale investment in rural areas and efforts to “green” the economies of Southeast Asia.


  • political ecology, development studies, human geography, environmental governance, land politics and administration, Southeast Asia, regulation, forest policy, international climate policy


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