Andreas Neef University of Auckland

Andreas Neef joined the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland as Professor in Development Studies in December 2013. He was previously employed as Professor of Resource Governance and Participatory Development at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, and as Research Professor in Knowledge and Innovation Management at Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Andreas Neef hold MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics, Development Policy and Rural Sociology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He has extensive research experience in Mainland Southeast Asia, West Africa, the South Pacific and the Middle East. He served two times as scientific advisor to the German Parliament on issues of global food security and on societal and political discourses on the commodification of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Andreas Neef’s ongoing research

He has just started a new three-year collaborative research project on “Climate Change Adaptation in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes: Flood-Affected Communities in Cambodia and Fiji”, funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research. This project explores how rural communities living in flood-prone river basins respond to increasing incidences of floods under the influence of climate change and other risk factors, such as hydro-power development, forest conversion and environmental degradation. The project combines applied research and capacity-building and brings together natural and social scientists from New Zealand, Australia, UK, Fiji and Cambodia.

Andreas Neef is also involved as a co-investigator in a three-year project on “Identification and Mapping of Alternative Land Conflict Resolution and Capacity Development for Local Government in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia” with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, which is funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

He is an affiliated researcher in a three-year project entitled “Food Security and Land Grabbing among Agro-pastoralist Communities in Semi-arid Areas in Central Tanzania” headed by Professor Tadasu Tsuruta, Kinki University, Japan and funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.