People

Subproject A: Water, governance and the politics of vulnerabilization

  • Anja Nygren, is a Professor of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki and Leader of the Consortium. She is an anthropologist and environmental-social scientist, with extensive research on political ecology, resource governance, risk and vulnerability, and inequality and justice in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Mexico.
  • Anu Lounela is an anthropologist and researcher at University of Helsinki with long-term empirical research experience on environmental-social transformations and environment-development issues in Indonesia.
  • Mira Käkönen is finalizing her PhD thesis on resource politics in the Mekong Region at University of Helsinki. She has studied the power dynamics that shape socio-environmental relations and resource governance in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
  • Try Thuon is Lecturer at the Faculty of Development Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh. His PhD studies in the Social Sciences International Program at Chiang Mai University (Thailand) are funded by Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnerships (UCRSEA). He has over 10 years of work experience in development and natural resource management in Cambodia.
  • Chhinh Nyda is Coordinator of the Master’s Program of Development Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He was awarded his PhD from the School of Environment, Flinders University, Australia with a thesis entitled Vulnerability to climate variability and change in rural Cambodia. He has carried out extensive research on climate change adaptation and rural development.
  • Pujo Semedi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He has engaged in international research projects with the Universities of Toronto, Oslo and Heidelberg, exploring implementation of a UN-REDD program in Central Kalimantan and conducting research on various environmental issues.
  • Edith Kauffer is Senior Researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIECAS), in Mexico. She is a political scientist, with fieldwork experience in Mexico, Central America and the Mediterranean. Kauffer is one of the leading scholars of transboundary water management, hydropolitics and water conflicts in Mexico, with profound knowledge of water and society, water security and environmental justice.
  • Miguel Angel Díaz Perera, University of El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur), has a PhD in History from El Colegio de Michoacán (COLMICH) and a postdoc stay at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Mexico. Díaz Perera is an expert in environmental history and history of disasters, with special interest in socio-historical uses of water, hydraulic policy, social effects of interventions in Tabasco lowlands and management of the Grijalva river basin.
  • Dora Elia Ramos Muñoz has a PhD in Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur), Mexico. She has long-term research experience from Mexico and Guatemala. Her areas of interest include disasters and social change, gender issues and social consequences of science and technology.

Subproject B: Hydrological assessments of future changes in fragile floodplains

  • Matti Kummu is an Assistant Professor in Water Resources, Aalto University and Leader of Sub-Project B. He has extensive experience in water resources research from river basin to the global scale. He has carried out long-term research on Southeast Asian water and sediment issues and on global water scarcity.
  • Alexander Horton is a Post-Doc at Aalto University. He has long-term experience in modelling hydrological systems and analyzing changing landscape dynamics associated with agricultural expansion in Borneo.
  • Sokchhay Heng is a lecturer at the Cambodian Institute of Technology (ITC) who received his PhD on Integrated River Basin Management from the University of Yamanashi, Japan, in 2014. He has strong experience in hydrological and hydraulics modelling, and has published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. He has long-term experience in water environments, including hydrology, hydraulics and water resources management.