Dr Robert Fisher

Bob Fisher

Senior Lecturer

Madsen Building (F09), Rm 445
Phone: +61 2 9351 2929
Fax: +61 2 9351 3644

Research Interests

Bob Fisher is an anthropologist. His PhD research was a study of human ecology, focusing on strategies for adapting to drought in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. He specialises in social and political ecological aspects of natural resource management, particularly involving community forestry. After working in Nepal with the then Nepal-Australia Forestry Project in the late 1980s, he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, before becoming Deputy Director of the Regional Community Forestry Training Center in Bangkok from 1997 to 2001. He has done research or consultancies in a wide variety of countries, including Mozambique, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Recent publications include “Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power” (Fisher et al, 2008. Earthscan) and the edited volume “Adaptive Collaborative Management of Community Forests in Asia: Experiences from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines” (Fisher et al 2007, CIFOR). He aims to combine theoretical and applied interests and has a strong interest in action research and documentary video production. Bob is a Senior Lecturer in the School with a primary role as Senior Researcher with the Australian Mekong Resource Centre .

Selected Publications

  • Fisher, R. and Hirsch, P. (2008) Poverty and Agrarian-Forest Interactions in Thailand. Geographical Research 46(1):74-87
  • Fisher R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008) Linking conservation and poverty reduction: landscapes, people and power. Earthscan, London.
  • Fisher, R. (2008) Anthropologists and Social Impact Assessment: Negotiating the Ethical Minefield. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 9(3):231-242
  • Fisher, R., Prabhu, R., McDougall, C. (2007) Adaptive Collaborative Management of Community Forests in Asia: Experiences from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines. Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Indonesia.
  • Fisher R.J., Stewart Maginnis, W.J. Jackson, Edmund Barrow and Sally Jeanrenaud (2005) Poverty and Conservation: Landscapes, People and Power. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN The World Conservation Union.
  • Fisher, R.J. (2005) ‘Forests and Poverty Reduction: A brief history of the relationship.’ Arborvitae (IUCN/WWF Forest Conservation Newsletter), 29, December 2005.
  • Fisher, R.J. (2005) ‘Poverty and Biodiversity Conservation.’ Mekong Update and Dialogue, Vol 8(3), September 2005, pp 2-3.
  • Fisher, R.J. (2005) ‘Common Property and Development: Forests and Pastures.’ In Jim Fingleton (ed) Privatising Land in the Pacific: A Defence of Customary Tenures. The Australia Institute, Discussion Paper No 80.
  • Fisher, R. Nurse, M. Srimongkoltip, S. 2004 "Linking Mangrove Conservation and Local Livelihoods: The Case of Pred Nai Village, Eastern Thailand", script for video prepared for Global Synthesis Workshop Making the case for poverty-focused conservation, World Conservation Congress, Bangkok, 18-25 November 2004.
  • Fisher, R. Schmidt, K. Steenhof, B. & Akesnshaev, N. 2004 Poverty and Forestry: A case study of Kyrgyzstan with reference to other countries in West and Central Asia. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Livelihood Support Programme. LSP Working Paper No 13.