Peter Vandergeest (PhD, Cornell, 1990) is conducting research on labour relations and working conditions among migrant workers in industrial fisheries, with a focus on fleets operated out of Taiwan and Thailand. This project is now oriented to conducting an assessment of issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic for migrant workers in fisheries. This is a collaborative program of research involving Melissa Marschke at the University of Ottawa as well as other faculty and students at York University, and in Sweden, the USA and Thailand. More generally, my expertise is in political ecology and agrarian studies in Southeast Asia, and my past and ongoing research interests include the history of scientific forestry in Southeast Asia (with Nancy Peluso), and alternative agriculture in Southeast Asia (with Mary Young).
Keywords: Political ecology; fisheries; agrarian studies; Southeast Asia; Thailand; Taiwan, Indonesia