ChATSEA - Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia

The Challenges of the Agrarian Transition in Southeast Asia Project supports leading edge research with true potential for intellectual breakthrough that addresses broad and critical issues of intellectual, social, economic and cultural significance through the effective coordination and integration of diverse research activities and research results.

Sponsored by the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), this program seeks to support research with a strong analytical component, research of such significance and quality that it brings international recognition to the team, involves appropriate partners and stakeholders, and produces results that will have a major impact on Canadian scholarship and society. 

The research team assembled to undertake this task comprises 23 researchers, drawn primarily from economic, cultural, and environmental geography, as well as other disciplines including history, sociology, anthropology, economics, women’s studies, urban studies and planning. The team members, belonging to three generations of scholars, are attached to 18 different universities or research institutions: nine in Canada (Montréal, McGill, York, Toronto, UBC, UQAM, Laval, Trent and Waterloo), five in Southeast Asia, three in Europe, and one in Australia. The output of the project will include at least 45 graduate theses, most prepared at Canadian universities but in a highly international context, and a broad range of peer-reviewed articles and books. In addition, to ensure that policy-oriented results reach key stakeholders, workshops and seminars will be held on a regular basis and a knowledge base developed that will make our findings available to the wider public on the world wide web.

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