Büscher, B., Dressler, W., and Fletcher, R (2014). Nature™ Inc: New Frontiers of Environmental Conservation in the Neoliberal AgeTuscon: University of Arizona Press.

Dressler, W. (2009) Old Thoughts in New Ideas: State Conservation Measures, Livelihood and Development on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Book Chapters

Fletcher, R., Dressler, W. and B. Büscher (in press, 2015). Nature™ Inc: Nature as capitalist Imaginary. In: R. Bryant (ed.). Handbook of Political Ecology.Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Fletcher, R., Dressler, W. and Buscher, B. (2014). Introduction to Nature Inc: New Frontiers of Environmental Conservation. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Dressler, W. (2014). Swidden Governmentality on Palawan Island, The Philippines. In Voices from the Forest. (ed) Cairns, M. Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Dressler, W. (2013) Concluding Engagements at the Ecotourism-Extraction Nexus. In Buscher, B., and Davidov, N. (eds) In The Ecotourism – Extraction Nexus. Political economies and Rural-Realities of (un)Comfortable Bedfellows. Routledge Press.

Journal Articles


Dressler, W. and Guieb, E. (2015) Violent Enclosures, Violated Livelihoods: Environmental and Military Territoriality in a Philippine Frontier.  Journal of Peasant Studies. Vol. 42 (2):323-345 (

Dressler, W., Wilson, D., Cramb, R., et al., (2015). Examining the Impact of Long-fallow Swidden Systems upon Livelihood and Ecosystem Services Compared with Alternative Land Uses in the Uplands of Southeast Asia. Journal of Development Effectiveness. Vol 7(2): 210-229  (

Dressler, W., McDermott, M., and Schusser, C. (in press, 2015) Community Forestry in the Global Age – A Critical Introduction. Forest Policy and Economics

To, P., Mahanty, S., and Dressler, W. (in press, 2015) A New Landlord (Dia chu moi)? Community, Land Conflict and State Forest Companies (SFCs) in Vietnam. Forest Policy and Economics (

Dressler, W., Mahanty, S., Clendenning, J., and To., P. (in press, 2015). Rearticulating Governance through Carbon in the Laos PDR?  Environment and Planning C. Vol. 30: xx-xx  (

Clendenning, J., Dressler, W., and Richards, C. (in press, 2015). Food Justice or Food Sovereignty? Understanding the rise of urban food movements in the USA.  Agriculture and Human Values.

Büscher, B., Dressler, W. and R. Fletcher (forthcoming, 2015).  Nature™ Inc Redux: towards a dialectic of logics and excess.  Environment and Planning A.


Dressler, W. (2014). Green Governmentality and Swidden Decline on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. Vol. 39(2): 250-264

To, P., Mahanty, S., and Dressler, W. (2014). The Social Networks of Corruption in the Vietnamese and Laos Cross-border Timber Trade. Anthropological Forum. Vol. 24(2):154-174

Mercer, A., de Rijke, K., and Dressler, W. (2014). Silences in the Boom. Coal Seam Gas, Neoliberalizing Discourse and the Future of Regional Australia. The Journal of Political Ecology. Vol. 21(15): 279-302

Clifton, J., Acciaioli, G., Brunt, H., Dressler, W., Fabinyi, M., and Singh, S. (2014). Statelessness and Conservation. Exploring the Implications of an International Governance Agenda. Tilburg Law Review. Vol. 1-2: 81-89


Mahanty, S., Dressler, W., Milne, S., and Filer, C. (2013). Unravelling Property Relations around Forest Carbon. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. Vol. 34(2):188-205  (

Dressler, W., To, P., and Mahanty, S. (2013). How Biodiversity Conservation Policy Accelerates Agrarian Differentiation: An Account of an Upland Village in Vietnam. Conservation and Society. Vol. 11 (2): 130-143 


Ziegler, A., Phelps, J., Yuen, J., Webb, E., [….] Dressler, W., Mertz, O., Pascual, U., Padoch, C., and Koh, L. (2012). Carbon outcomes of major land-cover transitions in SE Asia: Great uncertainties and REDD+ policy implications. Global Change Biology. Vol. 18(10): 3087-3099

van Vliet, N., Mertz, P., Heinimann, A., Langanke, T., [….] Dressler, W., Ziegler, A. (2012) Trends, Drivers and Impacts of Changes in Swidden Cultivation in Tropical Forest-agriculture frontiers: A Global Assessment. Global Environmental Change. Vol. 22(2):418-429

To, P., Dressler, W., and Mahanty, S. (2012) The Prospects for Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Vietnam: A Look at Three Payment Schemes. Human Ecology. Vol. 40(2): 237-249

Roth, R. and Dressler, W. (2012) Market-oriented Conservation Governance: The Particularities of Place. Geoforum. Vol. 43(3): 363-366

Büscher, B. and Dressler, W. (2012) Commodity Conservation. The Restructuring of Community Conservation in South Africa and the Philippines.  Geoforum. Vol 43(3): 367-376 (abstract)


ATM, J., Short, T., Dressler, W., and Kahn, A. (2011). Can Micro-credit Worsen Poverty? Development in Practice. Vol. 21(8):1109-1121

Dressler, W. and Fabinyi, M. (2011). Swidden Decline and the Rise of Grouper Fishing on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Journal of Agrarian Change. Vol 11(4): 536-555  (abstract)

Dressler, W. (2011) First to Third Nature: The Rise of Capitalist Conservation on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Journal of Peasant Studies. Vol 38(3):533-557 (

Dressler, W. and Roth, R. (2011) The Good, the Bad and the Contradictory: Neoliberal Conservation Governance in Rural Southeast Asia. World Development. Vol. 39(5): 851-862 (abstract)


Dressler, W. and Pulhin, J. (2010). The Shifting Ground of Swidden Agriculture on Palawan Island, the Philippines. Agriculture and Human Values. Vol. 27(4): 445-459 (abstract)

Dressler, W. and McDermott, M. (2010). Indigenous Peoples and Migrants: Social Categories, Rights, and Policies for Protected Areas in the Philippine Uplands. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Vol. 29(2): 328-361. (abstract)

Dressler, W., Büscher, B., Schoon, M., Brockington, D. Hayes, T. Kull, C., McCarthy, J. and Streshta, K. (2010) From Hope to Crisis and Back? A Critical History of the Global CBNRM Narrative.  Environmental Conservation. Vol. 37(1):1-11. (abstract)

Dressler, W. and Babidge, S. (2010).  Identity, Difference and Development.  International Studies Association Compendium. Oxford: Blackwell Press.

Novellino, D. and Dressler, W. (2010). The Role of ‘Hybrid’ NGOs in the Conservation and Development of Palawan Island, the Philippines. Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 2 (23): 165-180. (abstract)


Pulhin, J. and Dressler, W. (2009) People, Power and Timber: The Politics of Community-based Forest Management.   Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 91: 206-214

Cramb, R.A., Colfer, C.J.P., Dressler, W., Laungaramsri, P., Le Quang Trung, Mulyoutami, E., Peluso, N.L., and Wadley, R.L. (2009). Swidden transformations and rural livelihoods in Southeast Asia.  Human Ecology. Vol. 3 (37): 323-346.

Mertz, O., Leisz, S., Heinimann, A. Rerkasem, K. T., Dressler, W., Pham, V.C., Schmidt-Vogt, D., Colfer, C., Epprecht, M., Padoch, C. Potter, L. (2009). Who counts? Demography of swidden cultivators in Southeast Asia.  Human Ecology. Vol. 3(37):281-289.

Dressler, W. (2009) Reinforcing Local Inequity and Resistance through Community-based Conservation on Palawan Island, the Philippines. In Turner, S. and Caouette, D. (eds) Agrarian Angst and Rural Resistance in Contemporary Southeast Asia. Routledge Press.


Dressler, W. and Turner, S. (2008) The Persistence of Social Differentiation in the Philippine Uplands. Journal of Development Studies. Vol. 44(10):1472-1492

Dressler, W. and Büscher, B. (2008) Market Triumphalism and the CBNRM ‘crisis’ at the South African section of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Geoforum Vol. 39: 452-465


Büscher, B. and Dressler, W. (2007) Fortress Conservation versus Community-Based Conservation? On the rapidly increasing tensions between actors in the environment-development nexus. Conservation and Society Vol. 5(4): 1-26

Mavungha, C. and Dressler, W. (2007) On the Local Community: The Language of Disengagement?  Conservation and Society. Vol. 59(1):44-59


Dressler, W. (2006) Co-opting Conservation: Migrant Resource Control and Access to National Park Management in the Philippine Uplands. Development and Change Vol. 37(2):401-426

Dressler, W., Kull, C., and Meredith, T. (2006). The Politics of Decentralizing National Parks Management.  Journal of Political Geography. Vol. 25: 1-28 (abstract)


Dressler, W. (2005) Disentangling Tagbanua Lifeways, Swidden and Conservation on Palawan Island.  Human Ecology Review Vol. 12(1):21-29

Dressler, W. Berkes, F. and Mathias, J. (2001) Beluga hunters in a mixed economy: Managing the impacts of nature-based tourism in the Canadian western Arctic.   Polar Record Vol. 37: 35-48




  1. Fiona Wilmot

    Hello – we haven’t met, but Kristian Saguin, from the Philippines recommended that I get in touch with you. (We’re fellow second-year graduate students in the Geography Dept. at Texas A&M, and like you, fellow travelers down the political ecology road.) My research broadly will be covering mangrove restoration under different political regimes, but all under conditions of neoliberalism. Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Caribbean (where I have most experience) are currently on my wish list. Kristian said that you’re moving into the live fish trade – marine conservation is where I came from – deeply depressing! So – I hope that you have some time to start chatting – I’m going to download some of your papers now – Fiona

    • Hi Fiona,

      Many thanks for the informative note! Sounds like you’ve got an excellent research topic. There’s another graduate student at Clarke, Dominique Werboff, who also follows a political ecology approach to land use change in the Philippines.

      The paper I wrote with Mike Fabinyi in Agrarian Change examines how more and more swiddeners are moving into the LRFT – as you say, it’s a slippery slope.

      Happy to chat anytime.

      Best wishes


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