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