1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia

Edited By Philip Hirsch Copyright 2017
    540 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    540 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The environment is one of the defining issues of our times, and it is closely linked to questions and dilemmas surrounding economic development. Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most economically and demographically dynamic regions, and it is also one in which a host of environmental issues raise themselves.

    Now available in paperback, the Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia is a collection of 30 chapters dealing with the most significant scholarly debates in this rapidly growing field of study. Structured in four main parts, it gives a comprehensive regional overview of, and insight into, the environment in Southeast Asia.

    Wide-ranging and balanced, this Handbook promotes scholarly understanding of how environmental issues are dealt with from diverse theoretical perspectives. It offers a detailed empirical understanding of the myriad environmental problems and challenges faced in Southeast Asia. This is the first publication of its kind in this field; a helpful companion for a global audience and for scholars of Southeast Asian studies from a variety of disciplines.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Introduction: The environment in Southeast Asia’s past, present and future Philip Hirsch

    Part 2: Thematic approaches to environment

    2. Understanding the physical environment of Southeast Asia: A prerequisite for better environmental management Avijit Gupta

    3. Environmental histories of Southeast Asia Peter Boomgaard

    4. Population growth and environmental degradation in Southeast Asia Rodolphe De Koninck and Pham Thanh Hai

    5. Environmentalism Tim Forsyth

    6. A Southeast Asian political ecology Peter Vandergeest and Robin Roth

    7. Environmental neoliberalism in Southeast Asia Keith Barney

    8. Environmental law in Southeast Asia Ben Boer

    9. Environmental governance and decentralization Robert Fisher

    10. Transboundary environmental politics in Southeast Asia: Issues, responses and challenges Antonio P. Contreras

    Part 3: Sectoral issues in natural resources and environment

    11. Forests and biodiversity Frances Seymour and Peter Kanowski

    12. Shifting cultivation and human interaction with forests Rob Cramb

    13. Water, rivers and dams Carl Middleton

    14. Social and political ecology of fisheries and aquaculture in Southeast Asia Simon R. Bush and Melissa Marschke

    15. Urban environmental transitions in Southeast Asia Peter J. Marcotullio

    16. Peri-urbanization and environmental issues in mega-urban regions Edsel E. Sajor

    17. Adaptation to climate change in Southeast Asia: Developing a relational approach Albert Salamanca and Jonathan Rigg

    18. Migration and the environment Rebecca Elmhirst

    Part 4: Regional and country studies in environment

    19. The role of ASEAN in shaping regional environmental protection Koh Kheng-Lian and Md. Saiful Karim

    20. The Mekong: Strategic environmental assessment of mainstream hydropower development in an international river basin Jeremy Carew-Reid

    21. Cambodia: Territorialisation of natural resources and environmental management Mak Sithirith

    22. Indonesia: A political-economic history of environment and resources Jeff Neilson

    23. Laos: Abundance, scarcity and the shifting role of natural resources Yayoi Fujita Lagerqvist

    24. Malaysia: Structure and agency of the environmental movement Fadzilah Majid Cooke and Adnan A. Hezri

    25. Myanmar: Evolving environmental governance under a regime in transition Adam Simpson

    26. The Philippines: Historical and geographical framing of ecological degradation and environmental governance Doracie Zoleta-Nantes

    27. Singapore: Sustaining a global city-state and the challenges of environmental governance in the twenty-first century Carl Grundy-Warr and Victor R. Savage

    28. Thailand: Whither gender in the environmental movement? Pinkaew Laungaramsri

    29. Timor Leste: Embracing resource governance through ritual in a post-conflict society Lisa Palmer

    30. Vietnam: Governmental and societal response to emergent environmental issues in the Mekong Delta Le Anh Tuan


    Philip Hirsch is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests are in agrarian change, natural resource management and the politics of environment in Thailand and the wider Mekong region.

    "Capable tied together by Hirsch, this edited volumes serves as a very useful intermediate to advanced primer for those who want to quickly grasp the diversity of issues surrounding the environment, and the dilemmas that relate environmnetal change to communities, politics and economic development in Southeast Asia."

    Lee Poh Onn, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 39 No. 2, August 2017

    "In general, the consequences of mistaken policies which neglect the environment are not realized until much later. This volume offers: renewed perspectives that the environment is central to economic development; and a detailed look on an often overlooked relted component — the context which frames the environment."

    Seck Tan, Journal of Southeast Asian Economics, Vol. 34 No. 3, December 2017

    "[This handbook] is essential reading for new and established scholars working on environmental issues in the region. Drawing on his long Southeast Asian research career, Phil Hirsch has attracted an impressive group of researchers who have produced an outstanding piece of work that should become a foundational volume for years to come. The volume provides an up-to-date resource that provides comprehensive insights about the many environmental challenges prevalent across the region. [...] This is a wonderful collection that I recommend to anyone interested in the environment in Southeast Asia and to political ecologists and those working on development studies more generally. It is a real credit to the editor and the contributors and will quickly become a landmark text for understanding human–environment dilemmas in Southeast Asia."

    - Andrew McGregor, Macquarie University, Australian Geographer 2018.