Research Centre Chiang Mai

The Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER) at Chiang Mai University is a small inter-disciplinary research group. We have long-standing interests in governance of natural resources and environmental change, including water and forests. Our approaches frequently combine place-based analysis with perspective of production-consumption systems. As a consequence we often must handle issues of scale, from considering very local institutions in a watershed in Thailand through to interactions with neighboring countries and distant trading partners.

We have joined the global alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres with the intention of helping stimulate and support work on the problem of adaptiveness. During 2008-10 we expect to focus most our efforts in the water sector in Monsoon Asia. We are interested in exploring the politics around how people in the Mekong Region deal with both too much and not enough water each year. Societies here must respond to two-sided risks and environmental changes at several scales, for example, which effect flood regimes.

For more information on Earth System Governance related activities please visit: www.sea-user.org.

Publications

Author(s) Titlesort icon Year
Lebel, Louis., Ruben Zondervan. Uncertainty and Governance of Transboundary River Basins. APN Science Bulletin, 3 (March 2013): 146-147. 2013
Biermann, Frank., Kenneth Abbott, Steinar Andresen, Karin Bäckstrand, Steven Bernstein, Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley, Benjamin Cashore, Jennifer Clapp, Carl Folke, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Andrew Jordan, Norichika Kanie, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, James Meadowcroft, Ronald B. Mitchell, Peter Newell, Sebastian Oberthür, Lennart Olsson, Philipp Pattberg, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Heike Schroeder, Arild Underdal, Susana Camargo Vieira, Coleen Vogel, Oran R. Young, Andrea Brock, and Ruben Zondervan. Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance. Science, 335 (6074): 1306-1307. 2012
Biermann, Frank., Kenneth Abbott, Steinar Andresen, Karin Bäckstrand, Steven Bernstein, Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley, Benjamin Cashore, Jennifer Clapp, Carl Folke, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Andrew Jordan, Norichika Kanie, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, James Meadowcroft, Ronald B. Mitchell, Peter Newell, Sebastian Oberthür, Lennart Olsson, Philipp Pattberg, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Heike Schroeder, Arild Underdal, Susana Camargo Vieira, Coleen Vogel, Oran R. Young, Andrea Brock, and Ruben Zondervan. Transforming governance and institutions for global sustainability: key insights from the Earth System Governance Project. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(1): 51-60. 2012
Biermann, Frank., Contributing authors: Kenneth Abbott, Steinar Andresen, Karin Bäckstrand, Steven Bernstein, Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley, Benjamin Cashore, Jennifer Clapp, Carl Folke, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Andrew Jordan, Norichika Kanie, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, James Meadowcroft, Ronald B. Mitchell, Peter Newell, Sebastian Oberthür, Lennart Olsson, Philipp Pattberg, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Heike Schroeder, Arild Underdal, Susana Camargo Vieira, Coleen Vogel, Oran R. Young. Assessment managers: Andrea Brock, and Ruben Zondervan. Transforming governance and institutions for a planet under pressure. Revitalizing the institutional framework for global sustainability: Key Insights from social science research. Planet Under Pressure Policy Brief, 3: 2011
Biermann, Frank., Kenneth Abbott, Steinar Andresen, Karin Bäckstrand, Steven Bernstein, Michele M. Betsill, Harriet Bulkeley, Benjamin Cashore, Jennifer Clapp, Carl Folke, Aarti Gupta, Joyeeta Gupta, Peter M. Haas, Andrew Jordan, Norichika Kanie, Tatiana Kluvánková-Oravská, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, James Meadowcroft, Ronald B. Mitchell, Peter Newell, Sebastian Oberthür, Lennart Olsson, Philipp Pattberg, Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Heike Schroeder, Arild Underdal, Susana Camargo Vieira, Coleen Vogel, Oran R. Young, Andrea Brock, and Ruben Zondervan. Transforming Governance and Institutions for Global Sustainability: Key Insights from the Earth System Governance Project. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.17: 2011

People

Dr. Louis Lebel, Unit for Social and Environmental Research, Chiang Mai University, Thailand