CISS Research Students
|Degree||PhD (University of Sydney Business School)|
|Supervisor(s)||Professor Peter Curson|
|Full time or part time||Part Time|
Christopher G. Baker has been a PhD candidate at the Centre for International Security Studies (CISS) since 2010. He has a strong research interest in both Asian Political Studies and Environmental Security and has incorporated both of these into his PhD research topic.
Chris has been an important member of the CISS team and has previously been employed as Research Analyst to the former Director of CISS. He was a founding member and leading editor of the CISS “Food Security in Asia” Project sponsored by the MacArthur foundation. Chris has represented CISS at the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, contributing to the development of the CSCAP Water Security Policy formulated for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). He has also represented CISS at the International Conference on Asian Food Security, Singapore, contributing to the establishment of the Global Consortium of Food Security Initiatives.
In 2011, Chris won a prestigious Research Fellowship through the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTS-Asia), travelling to five Southeast Asian countries in the process, researching the impact of hydropower projects on Food and Water Security throughout the region. His paper produced as part of the Fellowship, “Dams, Power and Security in the Mekong: A Non-Traditional Security Assessment of Hydro-Development in the Mekong River Basin”, was released in 2012. His upcoming paper, researching the links between traditional and non-traditional security in fisheries disputes in East Asia, co-written with Professor Alan Dupont of UNSW and the Lowy Institute, is to be published by the Washington Quarterly in early 2014.
Chris also teaches and lectures at the University of Sydney in both the Sydney Business School and the Department of Government and International Relations.
|Thesis topic/title||“Environmental Security and the Mekong River Basin: Homer-Dixon Re-assessed.”|
|Information about thesis||
Environmental Security is one of the most important ‘non-traditional’ security fields to emerge since the end of the Cold War. With concerns growing in the international community regarding environmental destruction, climate change and Food and Water Security, the idea of Environmental Security is a powerful yet, at times, confused notion. The predominant, author on the subject – Thomas Homer-Dixon – has written extensively on the links between environmental scarcities and violent conflict and, although his work has been highly criticised in some circles, it continues to be widely cited when the environment is considered in a security context. This thesis explores the reasons for the longevity of Homer-Dixon’s framework and re-assesses its value to the Environmental Security discourse. It does this through both a thorough exploration of the theory of Environmental Security and by examining it more specifically through the lens of a case study of the Mekong River Basin.