Dr. Michael Dwyer

Associated Senior Research Scientist

(+1) 510 499 6834
Visiting Assistant Professor in the Geography Departement at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
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Dr. Michael Dwyer
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Areas of professional focus at CDE

  • Transnational investment, enclosure and development cooperation
  • Historical explanations of contemporary development geographies
  • Land titling and property formalization
  • Forest management and regulatory politics
  • Rural infrastructure and industrialization

Field experience

Laos, Cambodia, Mekong Region


English, Lao


Michael Dwyer, Micah Ingalls and Ian Baird (2016) The security exception: Development and militarization in Laos’s protected areas. Geoforum 69: 207–217.

Michael Dwyer (2016) Upland geopolitics: Finding Zomia in northern Laos c. 1875. The Journal of Lao Studies, Special Issue 3: 37-57.

Micah Ingalls and Michael Dwyer (2016) Missing the forest for the trees? Navigating the trade-offs between mitigation and adaptation under REDD. Climatic Change 136(2): 353-366.


Michael Dwyer (2015) The formalization fix? Land titling, land concessions, and the politics of spatial transparency in Cambodia. The Journal of Peasant Studies 42(5): 903–928.

Michael Dwyer, Emily Polack and Sokbunthoeun So (2015) ‘Better-practice’ concessions: Some lessons from Cambodia’s Leopard Skin landscape. International Development Policy | Revue inter-nationale de politique de développement 6.1.

Michael Dwyer (2015) Redirecting regulation? Land titling and Cambodia’s post-neoliberal conjuncture. In Governing Access to Essential Resources, edited by Katharina Pistor and Olivier de Schutter. Columbia University Press.

Michael Dwyer and Micah Ingalls (2015) REDD+ at the crossroads: Choices and tradeoffs for 2015–2020 in Laos. CIFOR Working Paper 179. Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor Indonesia.

Michael Dwyer (2015) Trying to follow the money: Possibilities and limits of investor transparency in Southeast Asia’s rush for ‘available’ land. CIFOR Working Paper 177. Center for International Forestry Research, Bogor Indonesia.


Michael Dwyer (2014) Micro-geopolitics: Capitalising security in Laos’s Golden Quadrangle. Geopolitics 19: 377–405.

Peter Messerli, Markus Giger, Michael Dwyer, Thomas Breu and Sandra Eckert (2014) The geography of large-scale land acquisitions: Analyzing socio-ecological patterns of target contexts in the global south. Applied Geography 53: 449–459.

M. B. Dwyer and I. G. Baird (2014) Principled engagement: political ecologists and their interactions outside the academy. Introduction to a set of short interventions. ACME 13(4): 473–477.

Michael Dwyer (2014) Territorial entanglements: Ambiguities of giving back in northwestern Laos [Research Note]. Journal of Research Practice 10(2), Article N9


Michael Dwyer (2013) Building the politics machine: Tools for ‘resolving’ the global land grab. Development and Change 44(2): 309–333.


Sithong Thongmanivong, Kaisone Phengsopha, Houngphet Chantavong, Michael Dwyer and Robert Oberndorf (2009) Concession or cooperation? Impacts of recent rubber investment on land tenure and livelihoods: A case study from Oudomxai Province, Lao PDR. Unpublished, online.

Michael Dwyer (2007) Turning land into capital: A review of recent research on land concessions for investment in Lao PDR. The Land Issues Working Group of the Lao INGO Network, Vientiane. Part 1: Literature review (also in Lao language) | Part 2: Gaps and Future Research.