Vanessa Lamb recently completed the inaugural Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) research fellowship at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada and is an affiliated researcher with the York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Lamb completed her dissertation, Ecologies of Rule and Resistance, focused on the politics of ecological knowledge and development of the Salween River at York University’s Department of Geography in 2014. Her professional experiences includes policy analysis and research into the social dimensions of environmental with Oxfam, International Rivers, and UN Women. She is the lead PI for a CGIAR WLE Greater Mekong project on water governance titled: Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween-Thanlwin-Nu River Basin: Towards inclusive, informed, and accountable water governance.
Association of American Geographers (AAG).
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2014-17 CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Greater Mekong research-for-development grant, Project leader (PI) on “Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween River Basin: Towards inclusive, informed, and accountable water governance,” https://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK21
2014-17 CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Greater Mekong research-for-development grant, Collaborator on “Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Salween Basin,” https://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK31
2014-15 BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) Small Grant for research on China’s hydropower investments in mainland Southeast Asia
Education and training
York University 2014
University of Wisconsin 2006
Awards and honors
Paul Simpson-Housley Award for outstanding dissertation, Department of Geography, York University,
Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)-Canada Junior Fellowship, ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership/IDRC,
Adaptation H20 Award, Research Award for work on climate change and water,, International Development Research Council (IDRC),
I would look forward to supervising students interested in human-environment geography, particularly those whose research examines the political ecology of water, environmental governance, human dimensions of environmental change, social and environmental justice, international borders, conservation, and/or development. I am also developing a new focus on urban water informality. Geographical focus is open, but I carry out research mainly in Southeast Asia. Interested students should send a brief description of their research interests and relevant background experiences and current CV.