Peter Vandergeest is a Professor of Geography at York University, Canada. His research over the past 30 years has focused on agrarian and environmental transformations in Southeast Asia, and has encompassed attention to forests, agriculture, aquaculture and, most recently, fisheries. Laura Schoenberger is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at York University, Canada. Her research interests are in political ecology, agrarian transformations, state power, conflict and land. She is currently completing her dissertation on land control and property formation in the context of large-scale land acquisitions and recent state efforts to redistribute land in Cambodia.
'It provides a welcome and valuable contribution to the field of agrarian studies by nuancing and regionalising discussions of land grabbing in ways that contextualize the prevailing analysis, moving beyond the meta-narrative of the global land grab that plagued initial conceptualizations of the phenomenon... De-centring Land Grabbing is a highly valuable contribution to the debates and literature on land grabbing. It is a much-needed correction to the universal abstractions of the global land grab narrative, grounding it in the regional and local dynamics of Southeast Asia that shape how land grabs actually materialize and generate agrarian-environmental change.' Miles Kenney-Lazar, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore