Peter Vandergeest specializes in the areas of political ecology, environmental sociology and the cultural politics of environment and development.
His current research focuses on governmentality and forest politics in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand as well as and regulatory practices in shrimp aquaculture in Thailand. He was co-investigator in a SSRCH-MCRI project on Challenges of Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia (2005-2010) and is Principal Investigator for Privatizing Environmental Governance: A Global Analysis of the Effects and Effectiveness of Environmental Certification for Farmed Salmon and Shrimp, supported by SSHRC.
He is co-editor, with Chusak Whittayapak, of The Politics of Decentralization in Southeast Asia (Mekong Press 2009). He is also co-editor of Constructing the Countryside (1996) and has published a number of articles in refereed books and journals on resource rights, the social aspects of forestry, and the political ecology of shrimp aquaculture.
Keywords: Political ecology; environmental sociology; cultural politics of environment and development; Southeast Asia; Thailand; Cambodia; Malaysia ; Indonesia