My research examines human-environment relations following a critical political ecology approach, with a focus on conservation, development and agrarian change. Ethnographic in nature, my research examines how regional political economic processes shape resource access and use, exchange relations and environmental change at different societal scales in Southeast Asia.
Since 1999, I have examined the historical origins and contemporary consequences of changing conservation practices on the livelihoods and landscapes of rural, resource-reliant peoples in insular Southeast Asia, and particularly on the frontier island of Palawan, the Philippines. I use this frame to critically examine the spread, impact and outcomes of neoliberalism on conservation, livelihoods, and landscapes in the context of protected areas, market-based governance (REDD, PES etc) and resource commodity chains.
My recently completed ARC Future Fellowship (2014-2018) examined indigenous social responses to the convergence of transnational governance, resource extraction (i.e., palm oil, rubber plantations) and climate change in the Philippines and Indonesia. I examined the process and outcomes of indigenous social movements engaging boom crop production and carbon governance in the context of agrarian political economies in southern Palawan and East Kalimantan. This work was in collaboration with the indigenous NGO, NATRIPAL, Palawan State University, and the University of the Philippines Los Banos.
Related research interests include maritime transitions, fisheries decline and oceans governance, as well as social responses to and movements against varied enclosures and changing identity politics, knowledge and ethnicity during resource use struggles and violence in borderland areas.
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Violent enclosures, violated livelihoods: environmental and military territoriality in a P..
Transnational Seafood Commodity Chains And The Coastal Poor In The Maritime Frontiers Of T..
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Doing Whole Earth justice: a reply to Cafaro et al
Bram Bscher, Robert Fletcher, Dan Brockington, Chris Sandbrook, Bill Adams, Lisa Campbell, Catherine Corson, Wolfram Dressler, Rosaleen Duffy, Noella Gray, George Holmes, Alice Kelly, Elizabeth Lunstrum, Maano Ramutsindela, Kartik Shanker
Journal article | 2017 | Oryx
Half-Earth or Whole Earth? Radical ideas for conservation, and their implications
Bram Buscher, Robert Fletcher, Dan Brockington, Chris Sandbrook, William M Adams, Lisa Campbell, Catherine Corson, Wolfram Dressler, Rosaleen Duffy, Noella Gray, George Holmes, Alice Kelly, Elizabeth Lunstrum, Maano Ramutsindela, Kartik Shanker
Journal article | 2017 | Oryx
The impact of swidden decline on livelihoods and ecosystem services in Southeast Asia: A review of the evidence from 1990 to 2015
Wolfram H Dressler, David Wilson, Jessica Clendenning, Rob Cramb, Rodney Keenan, Sango Mahanty, Thilde Bech Bruun, Ole Mertz, Rodel D Lasco
Journal article | 2017 | Ambio
Review symposium. Nature Inc.: environmental conservation in a neoliberal age
David Lansing, Rosemary-Claire Collard, Jessica Dempsey, Juanita Sundberg, Nik Heynen, Bram Buscher, Wolfram Dressler, Robert Fletcher
Journal article | 2015 | Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research
Examining how long fallow swidden systems impact upon livelihood and ecosystem services outcomes compared with alternative land-uses in the uplands of Southeast Asia
Wolfram Dressler, David Wilson, Jessica Clendenning, Rob Cramb, Sango Mahanty, Rodel Lasco, Rodney Keenan, To Phuc, Dixon Gevana
Journal article | 2015 | Journal of Development Effectiveness
What is the available evidence concerning relative performance of different designs of mixed-species plantings for smallholder and community forestry in the tropics? A systematic map protocol
Nguyen Huong, John Herbohn, Jessica Clendenning, David Lamb, Wolfram Dressler, Jerry Vanclay, Jennifer Firn
Journal article | 2015 | Environmental Evidence
Carbon outcomes of major land-cover transitions in SE Asia: great uncertainties and REDD plus policy implications
Alan D Ziegler, Jacob Phelps, Jia Qi Yuen, Edward L Webb, Deborah Lawrence, Jeff M Fox, Thilde B Bruun, Stephen J Leisz, Casey M Ryan, Wolfram Dressler, Ole Mertz, Unai Pascual, Christine Padoch, Lian Pin Koh
Journal article | 2012 | Global Change Biology
Trends, drivers and impacts of changes in swidden cultivation in tropical forest-agriculture frontiers: A global assessment
Nathalie van Vliet, Ole Mertz, Andreas Heinimann, Tobias Langanke, Unai Pascual, Birgit Schmook, Cristina Adams, Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Peter Messerli, Stephen Leisz, Jean-Christophe Castella, Lars Jorgensen, Torben Birch-Thomsen, Cornelia Hett, Thilde Bech Bruun, Amy Ickowitz, Chi Vu Kim, Kono Yasuyuki, Jefferson Fox, Christine Padoch, et al.
Journal article | 2012 | Global Environmental Change - Human and Policy Dimensions
From hope to crisis and back again? A critical history of the global CBNRM narrative
W Dressler, B Büscher, M Schoon, D Brockington, T Hayes, CA Kull, J McCarthy, K Shrestha
Journal article | 2010 | Environmental Conservation
SUMMARYCommunity-based natural resource management (CBNRM) has been on the ascendancy for several decades and plays a leading role..
People, power and timber: the politics of community-based forest management.
Juan M Pulhin, Wolfram H Dressler
Journal article | 2009 | Journal of Environmental Management
The potential of devolved conservation to empower people, reduce poverty and protect forest resources has yet to be realized in mu..
Beluga hunters in a mixed economy: Managing the impacts of nature-based tourism in the Canadian western Arctic
WH Dressler, F Berkes, J Mathias
Journal article | 2001 | Polar Record
AbstractThe Inuvialuit Region of the Canadian western Arctic continues to support a variety of land-based activities as part of th..
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Associate Professor In Geography
Masters of Natural Resource Management
University of Manitoba
Human Geography and Anthropology