Human Response to Environmental Change in Cambodia

Our research focuses on the relationships between environmental transformation, migration and urbanization. We use mixed methods and data collection approaches, including household surveys, socio-economic and demographic censuses, interviews, focus groups, and traditional and distributed ethnographic methods.  Our team investigates the changing socio ecological and hydrological conditions induced by large scale infrastructure projects, including dams, urbanization and economic transformations with a focus the lived experiences of migrants from rural villages to urban centers, We explore the economic, environmental and social factors that drove the decision to migrate; and the changing connections to place, space and people that result from becoming urban. 

Our work has been funded by the Neubauer Collegium, Center for International Social Science, and the Social Science Research Center at the University of Chicago and the National Science Foundation.