Bachelor of Science
Tim is a human geographer who has been researching development interventions, conservation and agrarian change in frontier areas in Cambodia over the last 17 years. After completing a Bachelor of Science at Sydney University, Tim worked in rural Cambodia with an international development NGO leading a project on how land use change in the northeast impacts indigenous communities. Tim has worked for various NGOs and institutions, including the United Nations Development Program and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and a range of universities, mostly looking at how markets and state interventions play out in rural frontier areas.
Tim completed his PhD at Sydney University in 2017, which looked at how climate change projects work on the ground (in rural Cambodia). A key theme of Tim’s research since that time has been to try and better understand the divergence between people’s struggles on the ground (especially in frontier areas) and state and NGO representations of rural struggle. In particular Tim is interested in how different people adapt to and struggle against the expansion and intensification of a capitalist market.
Since beginning his PhD Tim has taught and tutored in a range of geography subjects at the University of Sydney as well as working two years as a lecturer in development and Environmental Geography at the Australian Catholic University.
Recently Tim has been leading a research project that looks at cultural heritage in the Prey Lang Protected area (National Chengchi University), as well being involved in a multi-site project looking at the impacts of dams in Southeast Asia (Australian National University). Tim has also been working for human rights NGOs looking at the situation of indigenous people in frontier areas, and is working collaboratively with community groups in central and northern Cambodia.
Tim’s recent Direct Research projects at SFS Cambodia include: