Resource Politics in Myanmar: Rivers and Land in Transition (Myanmar Series 4/4)

Dr Vanessa Lamb1, Professor Philip Hirsch2, Soe Soe Htway1, Professor Cherry Aung3, Dr Carl Middleton4, Alec Scott5

1University Of Melbourne, Australia, 2University of Sydney, , Australia, 3Pathein University , , Myanmar, 4Chulalongkorn University, , Thailand, 5Karen Environmental Social Action Network (KESAN), , Thailand


Resources like land and water, food and forests have long been at the centre of research, decision-making, and advocacy in Myanmar. These resources and their access, ownership, governance and authority are often contested and political. The research in this panel examines how processes and practices of investment, development, and commoditisation are used to justify decisions about resources, the implications of these decisions for justice. This is particularly important in Myanmar at this moment of ongoing political and economic transition, as one of the ‘key challenges’ facing Myanmar is equitable development (Simpson 2018).

Panel convenor: Vanessa Lamb, School of Geography, University of Melbourne & Myanmar Research Network

Panel discussant: Philip Hirsch, University of Sydney


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

Photo Credits: Visit Victoria

© 2019 Conference Design Pty Ltd