Dr Undargaa Sandagsuren

PhD (Environmental Management & Development), MA (Development Studies), BA (Linguistics)
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Natural Resource Management 410406
  • Asian History 430301
  • Environmental History 430307
  • Political Economy And Social Change 440404
  • Rural Community Development 440406
  • Poverty, Inclusivity And Wellbeing 440405
  • Labour, Migration And Development 440403
  • Socio Economic Development 440407
  • Gender Relations 440504
  • Public Policy 440709
  • Social Policy 440712
  • Environmental Politics 440805
  • Other Indigenous Studies 4599
  • Environmental Law 480203

Research interests

Undarga is a political ecologist, interested in examining historical and contemporary public governance institutions, property and gender relations in the context of mobile pastoralism in Mongolia and Inner Asia. Her research areas are in political ecology, common pool resource management, historical and contemporary mobile pastoralism, property rights and resource access, common pool resource management, gender, livestock production and market, labor movement and migration, indigenous pastoral production, land grab and forced re-settlement, state and community-based natural resource management, and herders’ application and use of information technology and social media tools in accessing resources.



Undarga is an international development researcher from Mongolia. Since 2000, she has been directly involved in international development and research projects on protected areas and community-based natural resource management towards strengthening environmental and public governance in Mongolia. She completed her BA in Linguistics at University of the Humanities (Humuunlegiin Ih Surguuli), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and her MA in Development Studies at the Development Studies Centre, Anthropology Department at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Undargaa obtained her PhD in Environmental Management and Development at the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University, Australia. 

For the full publications list see https://orcid.org/my-orcid

Researcher's projects

Current research
- Pastoralism, property rights and access: Follow-up on Herlen Bayan-Ulaan case studies.
- Livestock marketing.
- Pastoralism, mobility and migration.

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