In the era of globalization, the rising tide of environmental concerns alongside the unrelenting drive for economic growth has created a paradox for Third World states. Development is still narrowly understood as industrialization. States endowed with natural resources give undue priority for economic growth and policies on resource exploitation, and this contradicts significant efforts aimed at mitigating the environmental costs of consumerism in emerging countries and the industrialized world. In this context, the one-day workshop aims to bring together young and established international scholars working on Southeast Asian politics, natural resource governance, and comparative historical social sciences to explore the inter-linkages between states, nature and the exercise of political power in the context of the Global South.
Session 1: Scoping the Field of Resource Politics
Lead: Professor Jin Sato, University of Tokyo, Japan
Session 2: States and the Interpretation of Nature
Lead: Dr. Takeshi Ito, Sophia University, Japan
Session 3: Institutions, Democracy and Environmental Governance
Lead: Dr. Jewellord Nem Singh, University of Sheffield, UK
We would like to acknowledge the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation for funding this workshop, alongside other research and teaching-related activities in 2014-2015.