Professor Jonathan Rigg
Jonathan Rigg is a professor of geography at the National University of Singapore. For more than thirty years he has been researching - and teaching about - development issues in the Southeast Asian region. This has included research in Thailand, the Lao PDR, Vietnam and Indonesia as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Kazakhstan, supported by grants from funding agencies in the UK, US, Canada, Denmark and the EU. His work falls within the broad field of 'rural development', covering topics such as rural-urban relations, participation and the role of NGOs, environment-development tensions, and migration and mobility. Jonathan's advice has been sought by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the FAO and the World Food Programme. Among his authored books are Challenging Southeast Asian development: the shadows of success (Routledge, 2016), Unplanned development: tracking change in South-East Asia (Zed Books, 2012) An everyday geography of the Global South (Taylor and Francis, 2007) and Living with transition in Laos: market integration in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2005). He is currently working on projects on earthquakes and resilience in Nepal, Kazakhstan and China, and on land issues in Thailand.