Research Agenda

My research focus is the political ecology of international development. My primary country focus is China, and my regional focus is Asia broadly defined. I have conducted research encompassing a range of related themes: international development aid regimes, global governance and accountability, socialist transition, human-environment relationships, food and agriculture, community based natural resource management, grasslands and social forestry, environmental policy, environmental sustainability, social and environmental justice, geopolitics of environmental violence, research methodology and policy analysis, climate change policy, the political economy of "Third World" development, peasant theory, poverty alleviation, livelihoods and vulnerability analysis. The evolving extension of my current research investigates linkages between East Asian dynamism, and environmental and social change in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as a result of China and Japan's development aid and subsequent capital investment in these regions.