Dr Xuan Phuc To

Research Fellow
College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Human Geography 1604
  • Anthropology 1601

Research interests


Commodity markets

Land tenure

Resource governance



Phuc Xuan To is a research fellow at Resources, Environment and Development Group of Crawford School of Public Policy. Phuc received his PhD in environment at Humboldt University (Germany)  in 2007. His dissertation project examines the political economy of the forest sector in Vietnam, with a particular focus on the dynamics of access and control over the forest. From 2007 to 2009, Phuc was working as a postdoc fellow at Anthropology Department of University of Toronto (Canada), where he participated in “The Challenges of Agrarian Transitions in Southeast Asia “ (ChATSEA) project. Since 2009, Phuc has been working with Forest Trends as a senior policy analyst. His work has focused on local dynamics of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) in the Mekong countries, particularly Vietnam.

Researcher's projects

The political ecology of forest carbon – mainland Southeast Asia’s new commodity frontier (2012-2015), supported by an ARC Discovery Grant, this study aims to understand how forest user in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos respond to the complex local, national and regional dimension of the emerging market for forest carbon.

Project webpage: http://www.crawford.anu.edu.au/rmap/project/details.php?searchterm=political_ecology

In this project Phuc works as a research fellow.


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