CFP : Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia

CFP : Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia, 01-02/ 11/2018, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore

Organisers : Michelle Miller, Jonathan Rigg , David Taylor

Submission deadline : 15 june 2018

Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; supported by SSRC grant on Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia (MOE2016-SSRTG-068), and in collaboration with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Economic integration and resource interdependencies in a rapidly urbanising and increasingly middle class Southeast Asia are bringing to the political fore questions about how to sustainably govern common pool resources. As the development interests of Southeast Asian countries and their transnational partners, together with the political cultures that characterize ASEAN, come into growing tension with environmental agendas, the problem of transboundary environmental governance is being heightened by climatic instability and ever more frequent and costly disasters that cannot be neatly contained within nation-states, such as atmospheric pollution (regionally known as “haze”), wildfires, droughts and floods. These trends highlight both the shortcomings of existing transboundary environmental governance regimes and the “ASEAN way”, bringing attention to the need to forge more comprehensive and inclusive pathways to planning, managing and implementing policies for sustainable development within and beyond Southeast Asia.

We invite the submission of papers from beginning and established scholars, policymakers, activists and development practitioners to explore these issues in governing the transboundary environmental commons of Southeast Asia. We encourage applicants to consider empirical case studies and theories in comparative Southeast Asian contexts and to draw lessons that can be learned from Southeast Asia for transboundary governance regimes elsewhere in the world. Questions that will guide the workshop proceedings to speak to related themes across disciplinary and geographical boundaries include:

  • What proximate and underlying factors are driving the unsustainable use of transboundary common pool resources in Southeast Asia, how are the factors linked through time and across scales, and in what ways are they changing?
  • What sorts of innovations in transboundary governance are emerging in Southeast Asia in response to shared environmental problems and development interests, and how well are they working?
  • Can re-conceptualising environmental problems through the lens of transboundary environmental commons/ common pool resources lend insights into more effective and participatory forms of transboundary environmental governance?
  • To what extent can examples of transboundary activism/ governance that emerge in specific contexts in Southeast Asia be thought of as examples of best practice for replication or emulation in other world regions?
  • What kinds of actions are needed at different scales to promote more effective modes of transboundary environmental governance?

Submission of proposal

Paper proposals should include a title, an abstract (250 words maximum) and a brief personal biography of 150 words for submission by 15 June 2018. Please note that only previously unpublished papers, or those not already committed elsewhere, can be accepted. The organisers plan to publish an edited volume with selected papers presented in this conference. By participating in the conference you agree to participate in the future publication plans of the organisers. Hotel accommodation for three nights and a contribute towards airfare expenses will be provided for accepted paper participants (one author per paper).

Please submit your proposal using the provided paper proposal to Dr Michelle Miller at and Miss Sharon Ong at by 15 June 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 June 2018 and will be required to send in a completed draft paper (5,000 – 8,000 words) by 15 October 2018.

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