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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 49109

Alice Beban PhD


School of People, Environment and Planning

Alice Beban holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University (New York), and a Masters in Development Studies from Massey. Her research addresses land rights, agricultural production and gender concerns to understand people's changing relationships with land. Recent research investigates ‘land grabs’ and redistributive land reform in Cambodia, cross-border migration of smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia, organic rice production, and methodological approaches in feminist political ecology. She also works with community activist groups in Cambodia to strengthen people’s access to land, and previously worked with Global Focus Aotearoa (New Zealand) and the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (Cambodia).


Contact details

  • Ph: +64 (09) 414 0800 ext. 49109
    Location: AT3.59, Atrium Building
    Campus: Albany


  • Doctorate - Cornell University (2017)
  • Masters in Development Studies (2008)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Agrarian studies

Political Ecology

Feminist theory 

International development


Southeast Asia

Rural sociology

Land reform 

Natural resource conflict


21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Environmental Politics (160605): Environmental Sociology (160802): Gender Specific Studies (169901): Human Geography (160400): Other Studies in Human Society (169900): Political Science (160600): Rural Sociology (160804): Social Change (160805): Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)


Agrarian studies

Feminist Political Ecology


Southeast Asia

Rural sociology

Land reform 

Resource conflict

Research Outputs


Gorman, T., & Beban, A. (2016). Of migrants and middlemen: Cultivating access and challenging exclusion along the Vietnam–Cambodia border. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 57(2), 207-220
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, A., & Work, C. (2014). The spirits are crying: Dispossessing land and possessing bodies in rural Cambodia. Antipode. 46(3), 593-610
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.


Beban, AB., & Pou, S. (2015). Human security in Cambodia: Far from over. JICA.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Beban, A.


Beban, AB. (2015). Time to sow the seeds of land reform in Cambodia. (pp. 1 - 4). Australian National University
[Other]Authored by: Beban, A.

Consultancy and Languages


  • Khmer
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Average

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