Sopheak Chann

Visiting Fellow of Mekong WELL; Lecturer, Royal University of Phnom Penh

(Ph.D., Environmental Resources Preservation and Exploitation; The University of Sydney)

Dr. Sopheak Chann is a lecturer at the Department of Natural Resource Management and Development at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He completed a master's degree and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Sydney and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. His research interests include the political ecology of resource frontiers, critical cartography, and socio-environmental relations. His primary research tools are ethnography and critical GIS. He has published and prepared publications in leading international journals in the fields of Geography, Development Studies, and Critical Mapping/GIS. In addition to his academic research, Chann has been conducting policy and legal research on land and resources politics in Cambodia with NGOs, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Cambodian Resource Development Institute (CDRI), People In Need (PIN), and the Community Insight Group (CIG). In the Mekong Culture WELL project, Chann is leading and training a team in Cambodian using ethnography and community engagement to conduct field research. He will undertake a research fellowship at Michigan State University from August 2022 to July 2024.