Human Response to Environmental Change in Cambodia

Welcome to our Cambodia Project Research page

Our research explores complex connections between environmental change, rural livelihoods, migration, urbanization and human responses to these ongoing processes in Cambodia. The focus of this research is on how the Mekong River-Tonle Sap flood pulse system has been changing and its resulting effects on the behavior and movement of human populations. We are interested in migration from rural agricultural villages to cities, how people become urban, and the implications of these demographic changes for sustainable development. The projects described on this website are interdisciplinary across the social, natural and physical sciences while attending to the humanistic dimensions of these socio-environmental processes. The team collaborates across institutions and local partners in Cambodia. Our research is currently funded by the Center for International Social Science, the Social Science Research Center, and the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago, with previous funding from the National Science Foundation.