Professor Philip Hirsch

Phil Hirsch


Madsen Building (F09), Rm 472
Phone: +61 2 9351 3355
Fax: +61 2 9351 3644

Research Interests

Philip Hirsch has research interests in natural resource management, rural change and the politics of environment in Southeast Asia, notably Thailand, Laos and Vietnam and the wider Mekong Region. He is involved with collaborative field projects in each country and is the director of the Australian Mekong Resource Centre. Specific interests include river basin management, deforestation, environmental impact of development, rural social differentiation and agrarian change, the role of NGOs in development, resource tenure, changing relations between village and state, and community-based natural resource management. Recent research work includes projects supported by the Australian Research Council, Australian Agency for International Development, International Development Research Centre, Australian Water Research Facility, Asia Research Centre and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. He is a co-researcher in a Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Agrarian Transiations in SE Asia supported by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Selected Publications

  • Käkönen, M. and Hirsch, P. 2009. The Anti-Politics of Mekong Knowledge Production. In François Molle, Tira Foran and Mira Käkönen (eds.), Contested Waterscapes in the Mekong Region: Hydropower, Livelihoods and Governance, Earthscan Publications Ltd., Chiang Mai University.
  • Hirsch, P. 2009. Revisiting frontiers as transitional spaces in Thailand. The Geographical Journal, June 2009.
  • Fold, N. and Hirsch, P. 2009. Re-thinking frontiers in Southeast Asia (Editorial). The Geographical Journal, June 2009.
  • Fisher, R. and Hirsch, P. 2008. Poverty and Agrarian-Forest Interactions in Thailand. Geographical Research 46(1):74-87
  • Leksakundilok, A. and P. Hirsch. 2008. Community-based ecotourism in Thailand. In John Connell and Barbara Rugendyke (eds.), Tourism at the grassroots: villagers and visitors in the Asia-Pacific, London, Routledge, pp. 214-235.
  • Philip Hirsch, 2007, Civil society and interdependencies: towards a regional political ecology of Mekong development, in John Connell and Eric Waddell, eds, Environment, development and change in rural Asia-Pacific, London, Routledge, 226-246.
  • Molle, F., P. Wester and P. Hirsch, 2007. River Basin Development and Management, in Water for Food, Water for Life: the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. London, Earthscan 585-624.
  • Philip Hirsch, 2007, Advocacy, civil society and the state in the Mekong Region, in Barbara Rugendyke, ed, NGOs as advocates for development in a globalizing world, London and New York, Routledge 185-199.
  • Philip Hirsch, 2006, Water Governance Reform and Catchment Management in the Mekong Region, Journal of environment and development, 15, 184-201.
  • Philip Hirsch and Kate Lloyd,, 2005, Real and virtual experiential learning on the Mekong: Field schools, e-sims and cultural challenge, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 29.3, 321-337.
  • Nattaya Tubtim and Philip Hirsch, 2005, Common Property as Enclosure: a case study of a backswamp in southern Laos, Society and Natural Resources, 18(1) 41-60.
  • Philip Hirsch, 2004, The Politics of Fisheries Knowledge in the Mekong River Basin, Proceedings (refereed) of the Second Large Rivers Symposium, Phnom Penh, Mekong River Commission.
  • Philip Hirsch and Andrew Wyatt, 2004, Negotiating local livelihoods: scales of conflict in the Se San River Basin, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 45, 1, 51-68.
  • Philip Hirsch, 2004, Development assistance in a transboundary river basin setting: the role of institutional mechanisms in safeguarding poor people’s livelihoods to and rights to land and water in the Mekong Region, Proceedings (refereed) by Jannik Boesen and Helle Munk Ravnborg of international conference From water wars to water riots: lessons from transboundary water management, Copenhagen, December 2003.
  • Simon Bush and Philip Hirsch, 2005, Framing fisheries decline, Aquatic resources, culture and development, 1(2) 1-12.
  • Hirsch, P, 2002, “Global Norms, Local Compliance and the Human Rights-Environment Nexus: A Case Study of the Nam Theun II Dam in Laos”, in Lyuba Zarsky, ed, Human rights and the environment: conflicts and norms in a globalizing world, London, Earthscan.
  • Hirsch, P, 2001, "Globalisation, regionalisation and local voices: the Asian Development Bank and re-scaled politics of environment in the Mekong Region", Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 22(3).
  • McLaughlan, R, Kirkpatrick, R, Maier, H, and Hirsch, P, 2001, “Academic and institutional issues related to the planning and implementation of a multi-disciplinary roleplay-simulation involving collaboration across institutions”, in G. Kennedy, M. Keppell, C. McNaught & T. Petrovic (Eds.), Meeting at the Crossroads. Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. (pp. xx-yy). Melbourne: Biomedical Multimedia Unit, The University of Melbourne. [award winning paper].
  • Vandergeest, P, Phanvilay, K, Fujita, Y, Fox, J, Hirsch, P, Van Esterick, P, Withayapak, C, and Tyler, S, 2003, "Flexible networking in research capacity building at the National University of Laos: lessons for North-South collaboration", Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 24(1), May 2003.
  • Hirsch, P, 2004, The Politics of Fisheries Knowledge in the Mekong River Basin, Proceedings (refereed) of the Second Large Rivers Symposium, Phnom Penh, Mekong River Commission.
  • Hirsch, P, and Wyatt, A, 2004, Negotiating local livelihoods: scales of conflict in the Se San River Basin, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 45, 1.
  • Ahmed, M, and Hirsch, P, eds, 2000, Common property in the Mekong: issues of sustainability and subsistence, ICLARM and AMRC.
  • Philip Hirsch, 1999, "Beyond the nation state: natural resource conflict and ‘national interest’ in Mekong hydropower development", Golden Gate Law Review 29(3) 399-414.
  • Hirsch, P, and Warren, C, eds, 1998, The Politics of Environment in Southeast Asia: resources and resistance, London, Routledge, 325pp.
  • Hirsch, P, ed, 1997. (ed.) Seeing Forests for Trees: Environment and Environmentalism in Thailand, Chiengmai, Silkworm Books and University of Washington Press. 277 pp.
  • Howitt, R, Connell, J, and Hirsch, P, eds, 1996, Resources, Nations and Indigenous Peoples: case studies from Australia, Melanesia and Southeast Asia, Melbourne, Oxford University Press (321pp).
  • Hirsch, P, 1996. (with Nguyen Viet Thinh), "Implications of economic reform in Vietnam: agrarian and environmental change in Hien Luong", Australian Geographer, 27(2), 165-83.
  • Hirsch, P, 1996. "Large dams, restructuring and regional integration in Southeast Asia", Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 37(1), 1-20.
  • Hirsch, P. and Cheong, G., 1996 , Natural Resource Management in the Mekong River Basin: Perspectives for Australian Development Cooperation, University of Sydney, Sydney.
  • Hirsch, P. and Hutchinson, N.**, 1995, Geography in Focus, Brisbane, Jacaranda Wiley.
  • Hirsch, P., 1994, The Thai countryside in the 1990s, Southeast Asian Affairs 1994, Singapore, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
  • Hirsch, P., Gagnon, C.** and Howitt, R.*, 1993, Can SIA empower communities?, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 13, 229-53.
  • Hirsch, P., ed., 1993, The Village in Perspective: Community and Locality in Rural Thailand, Chiengmai, Chiengmai University Social Research Institute, 96 pp.
  • Hirsch, P., 1993, Political Economy of Environment in Thailand, Manila, Journal of Contemporary Asia Publishers, 168 pp.
  • Hirsch, P., 1992, State, capital and land in recently cleared areas of western Thailand, Pacific Viewpoint, 33, 36-57.
  • Hirsch, P., 1991, Asia-Pacific Focus: People and Environment in Change, Sydney, Jacaranda Press, 377 pp.
  • Hirsch, P., 1990, Development Dilemmas in Rural Thailand, Singapore, Oxford University press, 244 pp.
  • Hirsch, P., 1990, Forests, forest reserve, and forest land in Thailand, Geographical Journal, 156, 166

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