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Lecturer: Resources, Environment, and Development Group, Australian National University

Keith Barney has conducted research on sustainable forestry and land management issues in Southeast Asia for the past 14 years, including fieldwork in Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. His conceptual interests lie at the intersections between political ecology, economic geography, and agrarian studies. Through this time Keith has also conducted policy-based research with a number of international public policy organizations, including Forest Trends, the Rights and Resources Initiative, and the Centre for International Forestry Research, on issues relating to Asian forest markets and sustainable trade, land tenure and resource rights, and the implications of China’s resource demand for local communities and ecologies in Southeast Asia.

Research interests:

Resource Geography
Political Ecology
Agrarian Change, Rural Migration
Forest and Land Policy, Resource Tenure and Access
Lao Studies
Focus on Mainland Southeast Asia


  • –present
    Lecturer: Resources, Environment, and Development Group , Australian National University