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Development & Socio-Environmental Change
I am a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a human geographer, I am broadly interested in development and socio-environmental change in Southeast Asia. Development geography encompasses the range of socio-economic activity that unevenly affects people’s livelihoods and well-being. My scholarship engages with these themes primarily through the analysis of tourism, agriculture, and infrastructure. My work on socio-environmental change draws on political ecology framings that account for the range of political and economic drivers of environmental degradation and socio-ecological movements. I focus on how these processes materialize in the contexts of air pollution, tourism, and agrarian transitions. Collectively, my work asks, how is everyday experience mediated by broader transnational processes and with what social and environmental implications? I seek answers to this question through ethnographic fieldwork and in popular culture and other textual representations, as well as collaboratively with GIS and remote sensing specialists. When I am not writing about the environment and development, you can find me surfing Diamond Head, hiking the Kalalau Trail, or eating spicy poke bowls on Kaimana Beach.
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