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Asian Connections Seminar on Environmental Transformation and Access to Land in Southeast Asia

  • Dr. Suraya Afiff
  • Dr. Clara Mi Young Park
Friday 12 March 2021

The topic of the seminar is Environmental transformation and access to land in Southeast Asia. We are honored to have Dr. Suraya Afiff (Universitas Indonesia) and Dr. Clara Mi Young Park (FAO Regional Office for Africa) presenting their work on this topic. Their talks will be followed by discussion.

Date and Time

Friday 12 March 2021

12:00 - 13:00 CET


The seminar is open to all who are interested.

Please register via this link.
The Zoom link to the seminar will be sent by email to registered participants one day before the seminar.

Dr. Suraya Afiff

Suraya Afiff is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Universitas Indonesia. Prior to her position at Universitas Indonesia, she was involved with the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (WALHI), a major environmental justice advocacy group. In her research, she uses a political ecology approach to analyze social, political and economic processes that affect indigenous and local communities' livelihood and their access to land, forest, and other natural resources. Her research focuses on a range of topics related to land use change, land conflicts, land grab, and agrarian-environmental movements in Indonesia. Her recent publication in the Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology is entitled "Institutional Activism: Seeking Customary Forest Rights Recognition from Within the Indonesian State." 

Dr. Clara Mi Young Park

Clara Mi Young Park is a Senior Gender Officer with the Regional Office for Africa of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Prior to her current posting, she was based in Thailand, in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Her research interests include agrarian and environmental transformation from on a feminist political ecology perspective. Her most recent publications include an article in the Journal of Peasant Studies entitled “Gender and generation in rural politics in Myanmar: a missed space for (re)negotiation?

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