Environmental anthropology; political ecology ; human rights; conservation; heritage: sustainable development processes
Southeast Asia ; Amazon; global dynamics
Peter Bille Larsen is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich.
He has a strong interest in critical theory, environmental anthropology and political ecology. His work addresses the intersection between environmental conservation and social equity concerns, including work in the fields of environmental governance, international human rights, heritage and sustainable development. Primary fieldwork sites include the Peruvian Amazon, Viet Nam and global level organizations and processes. He works extensively with international organizations, NGOs and community-based organizations through collaborative efforts and policy-oriented action research.
Current work focusses on sub-regional environmental governance, conservation in Southeast Asia, heritage and development as well as human rights, civil society and environmental defenders. He is also a member of the Swiss National UNESCO Commission and presides the Interface Commission of the Swiss Anthropological Association to strengthen anthropological engagement on critical societal challenges.
Recent books include World heritage and human rights (Earthscan),The Anthropology of Conservation NGOs (Palgrave), Post-frontier resource governance (Palgrave) and World heritage and sustainable development (Routledge).
Ongoing Research Projects
"Heritage landscapes and communities in Southeast Asia"
"At risk: Understanding contemporary environmental civil society challenges"
"Facilitating evidence-based policy recommendations for states to improve the protection of environmental civil society and environmental defenders"