Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is an economically dynamic region in which investments in land and natural resources are contributing to spectacular growth rates. However, the growth and changes do not appear sustainable. They are heightening social inequalities and undermining sociopolitical stability.

Research focuses

Our research activities and regional initiatives aim at integrative development, particularly on behalf of less-privileged population groups in peripheral regions. We examine natural resource exploitation, international land investments, efforts towards commercialization of agriculture, and more. The emphasis of our engagement in Southeast Asia is on merging socio-economic and ecological data and information into comprehensive tools for decision-making and planning by government institutions.

  • Michael Epprecht, Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), CDE Lao Country Office
  • Joan Bastide, Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), CDE Myanmar Country Office
  • Cornelia Hett, Senior Research Scientist, Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland