Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin conference

Call for Papers for GRI sponsored conference

Environmental Change, Agricultural Sustainability, and Economic Development in the Lower Mekong Basin

Royal University of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

March 16-18, 2017

This conference will focus on the environmental challenges, especially climate change, to agricultural sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, with special attention to Cambodia and Vietnam. The conference will consist of interdisciplinary paper and poster presentations by both scholars and practitioners. Proposals that consider Mekong Basin agriculture in a larger historical and cultural context, in political and environmental dialogue with other countries in the region (e.g., China), or that are comparative are especially encouraged.

Emphasis will be on papers that consider the social, cultural, and historical context and implications of agricultural practices and technology in this region, and especially the relationship between climate change and agricultural change and adaptation,  and especially in Cambodia and Vietnam.  But papers on related topics will be welcome (see list below). All paper presentations will be in English.  The conference will include a field trip.  Possible paper topics can address:

  • Climate change and Lower Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Community resilience and environmental adaptation
  • History of environmental interactions and of agriculture in the Mekong Basin
  • The comparative study of river delta agriculture
  • Impact of climate change on biodiversity
  • Animal history and environmental change
  • River control, hydroelectric and flood management projects and agriculture
  • Aquaculture and Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Adaptation strategies for soil acidification
  • Adaptive plant breeding
  • Resilience and disaster risk management
  • Perceptions of environmental change
  • Strategies for cross-cultural technology transfer
  • Industrial food production and its discontents
  • Local, national, and global rice markets and Mekong Basin agriculture
  • Cross-boundary agriculture
  • Mekong Basin environmental governance
  • INGO and CBO political culture; international environmental governance
  • Logistics and commodity chains
  • Institutions and infrastructure
  • Human capital and labor force issues
  • Poverty, food security and sustainable livelihood development

The conference will be sponsored by the Department of Natural Resource Management and Development at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Western Washington University, and the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Keep reading