Laura Schoenberger joined the School of International Development and Global Studies as a 2018 Banting Fellow. Under the Banting Fellowship, she will work with Dr Melissa Marschke, Associate Professor at SIDGS, to research sand extraction in Southeast Asia for a project titled, “Sand grabbing: Disentangling land, water and sand to reveal new struggles for territory.”
Dr Schoenberger completed her dissertation, Ruptures in living in and knowing land grabbing in Cambodia, at York University’s Department of Geography in April 2018. This research was supported by grants from SSHRC, IDRC and York University. During her doctoral research, Dr Schoenberger collaborated with the NGO Forum on Cambodia to produce a major report on land titling initiatives (co-authored with Mark Grimsditch), and with Oxfam to conduct research on land-poor and landless farmers.
Dr Schoenberger is the guest editor of the 2017 special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies ‘Southeast Asian Perspectives on Agrarian-Environmental Transformations’ (with Peter Vandergeest). Routledge has issued the collection in hardcover in 2018. Her research has also been published in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Critical Asian Studies, Development and Change, and Urban Studies.
Dr Schoenberger is also leading a new collaborative project with Dr Alice Beban (Massey University, New Zealand) and Dr Vanessa Lamb (Melbourne University, Australia) that examines recent shifts towards intensified authoritarian politics in Cambodia by focusing on the crackdown on independent media in 2017 and its implications for rural struggles for environmental and social justice. This work is part of the newly formed Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative, led by the editorial collective at the Journal of Peasant Studies.
Laura was the Graduate Student Representative to the YCAR Executive Committee from 2016 to 2018. Prior to starting her PhD, Dr Schoenberger worked for IDRC in Ottawa, Singapore and Cambodia; environmental non-governmental organizations in Cambodia and Vietnam; and the UN World Food Programme in Lao PDR.
2018. Laura Schoenberger & Alice Beban. "They Turn Us into Criminals": Embodiments of Fear in Cambodian Land Grabbing. Annals of the American Association of Geography, 108 (5): 1338-1353.
2017. Laura Schoenberger, Derek Hall, and Peter Vandergeest. “What happened when the land grab came to Southeast Asia?”, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44 (4): 697-725.
2017. Laura Schoenberger. “Struggling against excuses: winning back land in Cambodia”, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 44 (4): 870-890.
2017. Laura Schoenberger and Alice Beban. “What is academic research on the Cambodian frontier?”, Critical Asian Studies, 49 (3): 437-440.
2017. Vanessa Lamb, Laura Schoenberger, Carl Middleton and Borin Un. “Gendered eviction, protest and recovery: a feminist political ecology engagement with land grabbing in rural Cambodia”, The Journal of Peasant Studies, DOI: 10.1080/03066150.2017.1311868
2016. Jean-Christophe Diepart and Laura Schoenberger. “Concessions in Cambodia: governing profits, extending state power and enclosing resources from the colonial era to the present”, pp. 157-168 in The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia, edited by Katherine Brickell and Simon Springer. London: Routledge.
2015. Mark Grimsditch and Laura Schoenberger. New Actions and Existing Policies: The Implementation and Impacts of Order 01. Phnom Penh: The NGO Forum of Cambodia: (308 pages).
Media and Outreach:
Barkham, P. 2018. Trade of coastal sand is damaging wildlife of poorer nations, study finds. The Guardian, 31 August.
Beban, Alice and Laura Schoenberger. 2018. Authoritarian rule shedding its populist skin in rural Cambodia. Open Democracy, 18 July.
Keywords: Political ecology; feminist political ecology; agrarian change; feminist methods; affect; emotional geographies; property; resource conflict; land; sand; materiality; state power; Cambodia