Born and raised in Cambodia, I earned my PhD from the University of Melbourne (Australia), MA from Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), and BA from Royal University of Agriculture (Phnom Penh). I taught various subjects in various disciplines including anthropology, development studies, sociology, politics and international studies. Prior to my academic life, I worked across mainland Southeast Asia for international development agencies, and private consulting companies involving in planning and implementing large-scale infrastructure development projects, and assessing and formulating government’s policies.
As an interdisciplinary academic, my research interests are on the areas of activism and collective resistance, conflicts, civil society-state relations, transnational activism, agrarian and indigenous society, political culture, politics of culture, politics of natural resource use (land), environmental politics, sustainable development, citizenship, social media and development, and political development in Southeast Asia.
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