DR Vanessa Lamb

DR Vanessa Lamb


  • Political Ecology
  • Political Geography
  • Water Governance



  • Dr Vanessa Lamb is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. In research and teaching, she focuses on human-environment geographies and political ecology of Southeast Asia. Dr. Lamb completed her dissertation, Ecologies of Rule and Resistance, focused on the politics of ecological knowledge and development of the Salween River at York University’s Department of Geography in 2014. RESEARCH INTERESTS human-environment geography, political ecology, political geography, science studies, feminist political ecology, international water governance, rivers, climate and environmental change Personal website: http://vanessalamb.org/   


Member of

  • Association of American Geographers (AAG). a nonprofit scientific and educational society for the advancement of geography 2008 - 2017


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2014-17 CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Greater Mekong research-for-development grant, Project leader (PI) on “Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween River Basin: Towards inclusive, informed, and accountable water governance,” https://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK21

    2014-17 CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Greater Mekong research-for-development grant, Collaborator on “Professional Development of Water Governance and Regional Development Practitioners in the Salween Basin,” https://wlemekong.wikispaces.com/MK31

    2014-15 BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) Small Grant for research on China’s hydropower investments in mainland Southeast Asia   


Education and training

  • PhDGeog, York University 2014
  • MscCBSD, University of Wisconsin 2006

Awards and honors

  • Paul Simpson-Housley Award for outstanding dissertation, Department of Geography, York University, 2014
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN)-Canada Junior Fellowship, ASEAN-Canada Research Partnership/IDRC, 2014
  • Adaptation H20 Award, Research Award for work on climate change and water,, International Development Research Council (IDRC), 2012



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I would look forward to supervising students interested in human-environment geography, particularly those whose research examines the political ecology of water, environmental governance, human dimensions of environmental change, social and environmental justice, international borders, conservation, and/or development. I am also developing a new focus on urban water informality. Geographical focus is open, but I carry out research mainly in Southeast Asia. Interested students should send a brief description of their research interests and relevant background experiences and current CV.