Andrew Walker

BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (ANU)

Andrew Walker



Biographical statement

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 10 years he has been working on issues of rural development, resource management and modernisation in northern Thailand. He is currently undertaking ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in Baan Tiam, a northern Thai village in Chiang Mai province.

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.

Research interests

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

Key publications

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.


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