In July, 2014, I started working as an ARC Future Fellow at the new School of Geography, University of Melbourne. My research interests include the politics of conservation and development, environmental governance, agrarian change, property rights, livelihoods, resource access and use, and ethnic relations in mainland and insular Southeast Asia. I have examined similar research topics in the Canadian Western Arctic, Eastern Caribbean and Southern Africa.
My education is varied, interdisciplinary:
I hold a PhD (2005, Dean’s Honours) in Geography from McGill University. The title of my dissertation is:
Dressler, W. 2005. Old Thoughts in New Ideas: State Conservation Measures and Tagbanua Resource Use at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan, Philippines, PhD Dissertation, McGill University.
I studied under Thomas Meredith, Sarah Turner, Oliver Coomes, and Christian Kull. Supervised by Professor Fikret Berkes, I obtained my Masters in Natural Resources Management at the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor Arts, Hons in Geography, Anthropology and Environmental Studies (York).
Before and during this academic spree I worked and volunteered for varied environmental organizations – from Greenpeace to Pollution Probe – I long for the days when incisive opinion mattered more than ordnung and bureaucratie!