Associate Professor, Department of Sociology,
Director, York Centre for Asian Research,
Member, Graduate Program in Geography
Member, Graduate Program in Sociology
Telephone: 416-736-2100 ext. 44076
Basic Fields of Interest: Environmental Sociology; Political Ecology; Property; Political Sociology; Third World Sociology; Rural Sociology; Southeast Asia.
Peter Vandergeest (Ph.D., Cornell, 1990) teaches and writes in the areas of political ecology, agro-food studies, the cultural politics of environment and development, and Southeast Asian studies. He has published articles and a co-edited book on development-induced displacement, the social aspects of forestry, and the political ecology of shrimp aquaculture. Prof. Vandergeest's current research focuses on governmentality and regulation in agro-food transitions in Southeast Asia; state power as expressed through professional forestry in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand; and the social justice implications of emerging environmental certification regimes for shrimp and salmon.
Other Academic positions:
President, Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies (two terms; October 2002 to October 2005).
Vice President, Canadian Asian Studies Association (two terms; October 2002 to October 2005)
Visiting Lecturer, Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development. Chiangmai University (Thailand) 1999 to present