Sango Mahanty

Professor, Resources, Environment & Development

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 8058

Room: Crawford 3.48

I am a human geographer and study the politics of social and environmental change. My earlier research, including an ARC Future Fellowship, explored these related themes in a region of rapid nature-society change along the Cambodia-Vietnam border - for more on this see Unsettled Frontiers: market formation in the Cambodia-Vietnam Borderlands (Cornell). My recent work in this region examines how communities and civil society are responding to dramatic processes of nature-society transformation or “rupture”. I also research the social dimensions of pollution, with a current project on how and why chemical use has escalated in Asian poultry farming and related challenges. I collaborate with civil society and government in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and teach postgraduate courses on environmental/social impact assessment and pollution/waste.

Research Interest

  • Political ecology
  • Agrarian change
  • Development studies
  • Mainland Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia)