Dr Robert Fisher

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Bob Fisher is an anthropologist. His PhD research was a study of human ecology, focusing on strategies for adapting to drought in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. He specialises in social and political ecological aspects of natural resource management, particularly involving community forestry. After working in Nepal with the then Nepal-Australia Forestry Project in the late 1980s, he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury, before becoming Deputy Director of the Regional Community Forestry Training Center in Bangkok from 1997 to 2001. Bob has carried out research or consultancies in a wide variety of countries, including Nepal, India, Mozambique, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Liberia and Ghana. Recent publications include "Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power" (Fisher et al, 2008. Earthscan) and the edited volume "Adaptive Collaborative Management of Community Forests in Asia: Experiences from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines" (Fisher et al 2007, CIFOR). He aims to combine theoretical and applied interests and has a strong interest in action research. Bob is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geosciences and is Senior Researcher with the Mekong Research Group.

Research interests

He specialises in social and political ecological aspects of natural resource management, particularly involving community forestry. Bob has carried out research or consultancies in a wide variety of countries, including Nepal, India, Mozambique, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Liberia and Ghana. Recent publications include "Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power" (Fisher et al, 2008. Earthscan) and the edited volume "Adaptive Collaborative Management of Community Forests in Asia: Experiences from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines" (Fisher et al 2007, CIFOR). He aims to combine theoretical and applied interests and has a strong interest in action research.

Selected grants

2008

  • Towards Policy Relevant Knowledge in the Mekong: Exploring the Links Between Sustainability Research; Hirsch P, Fisher R; Stockholm Environment Institute (Thailand)/Sustainable Mekong Research Network (Sumernet).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2005). Poverty and Conservation: Landscapes, People and Power. Gland (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK): IUCN - The World Conservation Union.

Edited Books

  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power. United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Veer, C., Mahanty, S. (2008). Proceedings: International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, market and Policy Reforms, 3-7 September 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand: RECOFTIC(Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific).
  • Fisher, R., Prabhu, R., Mcdougall, C. (2007). Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines. Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.

Book Chapters

  • Fisher, R., Lyster, R. (2013). Land and resource tenure: the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 187-206). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Fisher, R. (2011). Thailand's forest regulatory framework in relation to the rights and livelihoods of forest dependent people. In Henry Scheyvens (Eds.), Critical Review of Selected Forest-Related Regulatory Initiatives: Applying a Rights Perspective, (pp. 69-81). Japan: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
  • Fisher, R. (2010). Devolution or Persistence of State Control? In Chusak Wittayapak, Peter Vandergeest (Eds.), The Politics of Decentralization, (pp. 21-37). Thailand: Mekong Press.
  • Prabhu, R., Colfer, C., Diaw, C., Mcdougall, C., Fisher, R. (2009). Action research with local forest users and managers: lessons from CIFOR's research on adaptive collaborative management. In Ian Scooones, John Thompson (Eds.), Farmer First Revisited: Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development, (pp. 66-70). Rugby, U.K.: Practical Action Publishing.
  • Fisher, R. (2008). Afterword: Lessons from Forest Decentralization: Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific. In Carol J. Pierce Colfer,Ganga Ram Dahal,Doris Capistrano (Eds.), Lessons from Forest Decentralization: Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific, (pp. 232-235). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S., Fisher, R. (2008). Case Study 1: Pred Nai Community Forest, Trad Province, Thailand. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 46-52). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Introduction - Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 1-16). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 125-130). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Past Experiences. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 17-43). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Scale, Landscapes, Boundaries and Negotiation. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 87-106). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Structures, Institutions and Rights. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 107-124). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Prabhu, R., McDougall, C., Fisher, R. (2007). Adaptive Collaborative Management: A Conceptual Model. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 16-49). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S., Fisher, R., Worrapornpan, S. (2007). Community Mangrove Management in Pred Nai Village, Thailand. In Paul Steele, Gonzalo Oviedo, David McCauley (Eds.), Poverty, Health, and Ecosystems: Experience from Asia, (pp. 147-153). Switzerland: IUCN.
  • McDougall, C., Prabhu, R., Fisher, R. (2007). Discussion and Conclusions. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 208-228). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Fisher, R. (2007). Forest Governance in Thailand. In Henry Scheyvens, Kimihiko Hyakumara snd Yoshiki Seki (Eds.), Decentralisation and State-Sponsored Community Forestry in Asia:seven country studies of transitions in forest governance, contemporary forest management and the prospects for communities to contribute to and benefit from sustainable forest management, (pp. 121-138). Kanagawa,Japan: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
  • Fisher, R., Prabhu, R., Mcdougall, C. (2007). Introduction:People, Forests and the Needs for Adaptation. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 1-15). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Fisher, R. (2005). Common Property and Development: Forests and Pastures. In Jim Fingleton (Eds.), Privatising Land in the Pacific: A Defence of Customary Tenures. Manuka ACT, AUSTRALIA: The Australia Institute.
  • Fisher, R., Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S. (2005). Pred Nai Community Forest, Trad Province, Thailand. Poverty and Conservation: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 51-60). Gland (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK): IUCN - The World Conservation Union.
  • Fisher, R. (2001). Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects in Collaborative Management of Protected Areas: An International Perspective. In Buck, Louise B., Charles C. Geisler, John Schelhas and Eva Wollenberg (Eds.), Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management. United States: CRC Press.

Journals

  • Fisher, R. (2008). Anthropologists and Social Impact Assessment: Negotiating the Ethical Minefield. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 9(3), 231-242.
  • Fisher, R., Hirsch, P. (2008). Poverty and Agrarian-Forest Interactions in Thailand. Geographical Research, 46(1), 74-84.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). Poverty and Biodiversity Conservation. Policy Matters, 14, 48-52.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S. (2002). Sustaining Livelihoods. Arbor Vitae, 19(March), 1.
  • Jackson, W., Fisher, R. (2001). Forest Fires in Rural Communities. Arbor Vitae, 18(October), 7.

Conferences

  • Fisher, R. (2007). Participatory Forest Management, Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction: Experiences from Community Forestry in Asia. International Conference on Participatory Forest Management (PFM), Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Africa 2007, Ethiopia: Government of Ethiopia in Collaboration with Other Stakeholders.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). Collaborative Learning for NREM Policy Development. Regional Seminar on Natural Resources and Environmental Management in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: The Role of Higher Education in Policy Design and Implementation.
  • Fisher, R. (2002). Common Property Regimes in Mountain Regions: Risks and the Governance of Biodiversity. Asia High Summit, CD-Rom.
  • Fisher, R., Docemascolo, G., Fox, J. (2001). Enabling Policy Frameworks for Successful Community-Based Resource Management. Ninth Workshop on Community-Based Management of Forestlands.

Original Creative Work

  • Borgoyary, M., Fisher, R. (2010). Progress in managing forest resources in a landscape in Orissa, India: IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy, 2010. Progress in managing forest resources in a landscape in Orissa, India: IUCN Livelihoods and Landscap, (pp. 1 - 17). Switzerland: IUCN.
  • Lebbie, A., Fisher, R., Odoom, F., Topor, W., Flomo, J., Kardoh, G. (2009). Understanding Diversity: A Study of Livelihoods and Forest Landscapes in Liberia, (pp. 1 - 80). , UNSPECIFIED: .

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Fisher, R. (2006). The Mekong Learning Initiative: An International network of universities working for sustainable development. Taiga News.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). The Social and Economic Impacts of Post-tsunami Reconstruction. Mekong Update & Dialogue (Australian Mekong Resource Centre).
  • Fisher, R. (2005). Forests and Poverty Reduction: A brief history of the relationship. Arborvitae (IUCN/WWF Forest Conservation Newsletter).
  • Fisher, R. (2003). Controlling the Forests: Community Forestry in the Mekong Region. Mekong Update & Dialogue (published by Australian Mekong Research Centre).
  • Fisher, R. (2003). When is Action Research Participatory? ACM News (CIFOR ACM Project newsletter).
  • Fisher, R. (2001). Creating Incentives for Conservation: NTFPs and Poverty Alleviation. ETFRN Newsletter (European Tropical Forest Research Network).

Other

  • Fisher, R., Schmidt, K., Steenhof, B., Akenshaev, N. (2004), Poverty and Forestry: A case study of Kyrgyzstan with reference to other countries in West and Central Asia.

2013

  • Fisher, R., Lyster, R. (2013). Land and resource tenure: the rights of indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 187-206). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.

2011

  • Fisher, R. (2011). Thailand's forest regulatory framework in relation to the rights and livelihoods of forest dependent people. In Henry Scheyvens (Eds.), Critical Review of Selected Forest-Related Regulatory Initiatives: Applying a Rights Perspective, (pp. 69-81). Japan: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.

2010

  • Fisher, R. (2010). Devolution or Persistence of State Control? In Chusak Wittayapak, Peter Vandergeest (Eds.), The Politics of Decentralization, (pp. 21-37). Thailand: Mekong Press.
  • Borgoyary, M., Fisher, R. (2010). Progress in managing forest resources in a landscape in Orissa, India: IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy, 2010. Progress in managing forest resources in a landscape in Orissa, India: IUCN Livelihoods and Landscap, (pp. 1 - 17). Switzerland: IUCN.

2009

  • Lebbie, A., Fisher, R., Odoom, F., Topor, W., Flomo, J., Kardoh, G. (2009). Understanding Diversity: A Study of Livelihoods and Forest Landscapes in Liberia, (pp. 1 - 80). , UNSPECIFIED: .
  • Prabhu, R., Colfer, C., Diaw, C., Mcdougall, C., Fisher, R. (2009). Action research with local forest users and managers: lessons from CIFOR's research on adaptive collaborative management. In Ian Scooones, John Thompson (Eds.), Farmer First Revisited: Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development, (pp. 66-70). Rugby, U.K.: Practical Action Publishing.

2008

  • Fisher, R. (2008). Afterword: Lessons from Forest Decentralization: Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific. In Carol J. Pierce Colfer,Ganga Ram Dahal,Doris Capistrano (Eds.), Lessons from Forest Decentralization: Money, Justice and the Quest for Good Governance in Asia-Pacific, (pp. 232-235). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R. (2008). Anthropologists and Social Impact Assessment: Negotiating the Ethical Minefield. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 9(3), 231-242.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S., Fisher, R. (2008). Case Study 1: Pred Nai Community Forest, Trad Province, Thailand. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 46-52). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Introduction - Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 1-16). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 125-130). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power. United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Past Experiences. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 17-43). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Hirsch, P. (2008). Poverty and Agrarian-Forest Interactions in Thailand. Geographical Research, 46(1), 74-84.
  • Fisher, R., Veer, C., Mahanty, S. (2008). Proceedings: International Conference on Poverty Reduction and Forests: Tenure, market and Policy Reforms, 3-7 September 2007, Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand: RECOFTIC(Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific).
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Scale, Landscapes, Boundaries and Negotiation. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 87-106). United Kingdom: Earthscan.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2008). Structures, Institutions and Rights. In R. Fisher, S. Maginnis, W. Jackson, E. Barrow, S. Jeanrenaud (Eds.), Linking Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 107-124). United Kingdom: Earthscan.

2007

  • Fisher, R., Prabhu, R., Mcdougall, C. (2007). Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines. Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Prabhu, R., McDougall, C., Fisher, R. (2007). Adaptive Collaborative Management: A Conceptual Model. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 16-49). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S., Fisher, R., Worrapornpan, S. (2007). Community Mangrove Management in Pred Nai Village, Thailand. In Paul Steele, Gonzalo Oviedo, David McCauley (Eds.), Poverty, Health, and Ecosystems: Experience from Asia, (pp. 147-153). Switzerland: IUCN.
  • McDougall, C., Prabhu, R., Fisher, R. (2007). Discussion and Conclusions. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 208-228). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Kaewmahanin, J., Fisher, R. (2007). Forest Governance in Thailand. In Henry Scheyvens, Kimihiko Hyakumara snd Yoshiki Seki (Eds.), Decentralisation and State-Sponsored Community Forestry in Asia:seven country studies of transitions in forest governance, contemporary forest management and the prospects for communities to contribute to and benefit from sustainable forest management, (pp. 121-138). Kanagawa,Japan: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
  • Fisher, R., Prabhu, R., Mcdougall, C. (2007). Introduction:People, Forests and the Needs for Adaptation. In Robert Fisher, Ravi Prabhu and Cynthia McDougall (Eds.), Adaptive Collaborative management of Community Forests in Asia: Experience from Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines, (pp. 1-15). Bogor, Indonesia: Center for International Forestry Research.
  • Fisher, R. (2007). Participatory Forest Management, Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction: Experiences from Community Forestry in Asia. International Conference on Participatory Forest Management (PFM), Biodiversity and Livelihoods in Africa 2007, Ethiopia: Government of Ethiopia in Collaboration with Other Stakeholders.

2006

  • Fisher, R. (2006). Collaborative Learning for NREM Policy Development. Regional Seminar on Natural Resources and Environmental Management in the Greater Mekong Sub-region: The Role of Higher Education in Policy Design and Implementation.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). Poverty and Biodiversity Conservation. Policy Matters, 14, 48-52.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). The Mekong Learning Initiative: An International network of universities working for sustainable development. Taiga News.
  • Fisher, R. (2006). The Social and Economic Impacts of Post-tsunami Reconstruction. Mekong Update & Dialogue (Australian Mekong Resource Centre).

2005

  • Fisher, R. (2005). Common Property and Development: Forests and Pastures. In Jim Fingleton (Eds.), Privatising Land in the Pacific: A Defence of Customary Tenures. Manuka ACT, AUSTRALIA: The Australia Institute.
  • Fisher, R. (2005). Forests and Poverty Reduction: A brief history of the relationship. Arborvitae (IUCN/WWF Forest Conservation Newsletter).
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S., Jackson, W., Barrow, E., Jeanrenaud, S. (2005). Poverty and Conservation: Landscapes, People and Power. Gland (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK): IUCN - The World Conservation Union.
  • Fisher, R., Kaewmahanin, J., Sukwong, S. (2005). Pred Nai Community Forest, Trad Province, Thailand. Poverty and Conservation: Landscapes, People and Power, (pp. 51-60). Gland (Switzerland) and Cambridge (UK): IUCN - The World Conservation Union.

2004

  • Fisher, R., Schmidt, K., Steenhof, B., Akenshaev, N. (2004), Poverty and Forestry: A case study of Kyrgyzstan with reference to other countries in West and Central Asia.

2003

  • Fisher, R. (2003). Controlling the Forests: Community Forestry in the Mekong Region. Mekong Update & Dialogue (published by Australian Mekong Research Centre).
  • Fisher, R. (2003). When is Action Research Participatory? ACM News (CIFOR ACM Project newsletter).

2002

  • Fisher, R. (2002). Common Property Regimes in Mountain Regions: Risks and the Governance of Biodiversity. Asia High Summit, CD-Rom.
  • Fisher, R., Maginnis, S. (2002). Sustaining Livelihoods. Arbor Vitae, 19(March), 1.

2001

  • Fisher, R. (2001). Creating Incentives for Conservation: NTFPs and Poverty Alleviation. ETFRN Newsletter (European Tropical Forest Research Network).
  • Fisher, R., Docemascolo, G., Fox, J. (2001). Enabling Policy Frameworks for Successful Community-Based Resource Management. Ninth Workshop on Community-Based Management of Forestlands.
  • Fisher, R. (2001). Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects in Collaborative Management of Protected Areas: An International Perspective. In Buck, Louise B., Charles C. Geisler, John Schelhas and Eva Wollenberg (Eds.), Biological Diversity: Balancing Interests Through Adaptive Collaborative Management. United States: CRC Press.
  • Jackson, W., Fisher, R. (2001). Forest Fires in Rural Communities. Arbor Vitae, 18(October), 7.

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