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Professor Andrew Walker

BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)
Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Department of Political & Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific 160606
  • Social And Cultural Anthropology 160104
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Environmental Politics 160605
  • Natural Resource Management 050209
  • Political Science 1606

Research interests

Andrew's research interests include  rural development, politics, agricultural modernisation, borders and borderlands, environmental management, ritual and spirits. There are numerous posts on New Mandala about his research interests.


Andrew has been working in mainland Southeast Asia since 1993 when he conducted PhD research on cross-border trading links between northern Thailand, northern Laos and southern China. For the past 12 years he has been working on issues of rural development, resource management and modernisation in northern Thailand. His new book Thailand's Political Peasants, based on ethnographic fieldwork in Chiang Mai province, was published in 2012 by University of Wisconsin Press.

Andrew is the co-founder of the New Mandala blog which provides anecdote, analysis and new perspectives on mainland southeast Asia. It is required reading for all serious scholars of the region.

Career highlights

Co-founder of New Mandala blog - one of the world's leading blogs discussing mainland southeast Asia; Co-convenor of the Masters in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development; ethnographic research in Laos and northern Thailand; consultancy work for the World Bank and AusAID; international advisory committee member for the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.


Projects and Grants

Grants are drawn from ARIES. To add Projects or Grants please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  19 January 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers