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Dr Alice Beban

Senior Lecturer

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

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 Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 4

Research Outputs


Beban, A., Schoenberger, L., & Lamb, V. (2020). Pockets of liberal media in authoritarian regimes: what the crackdown on emancipatory spaces means for rural social movements in Cambodia<sup>*</sup>. Journal of Peasant Studies. 47(1), 95-115
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, A., & Schoenberger, L. (2019). Fieldwork undone: Knowing Cambodia's land grab through affective encounters. ACME. 18(1), 77-103
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, A., & Trueman, N. (2018). Student workers: The unequal load of paid and unpaid work in the neoliberal university. New Zealand Sociology. 33(2), 99-131
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A., Trueman, N.
Murray, M., Beban, A., & Walters, V. (2018). Editorial. New Zealand Sociology. 33(2), 1-7
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A., Walters, V.
Schoenberger, L., & Beban, A. (2018). “They Turn Us into Criminals”: Embodiments of Fear in Cambodian Land Grabbing. Annals of the American Association of Geographers. 108(5), 1338-1353
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, A., & Gorman, T. (2017). From land grab to agrarian transition? Hybrid trajectories of accumulation and environmental change on the Cambodia–Vietnam border. Journal of Peasant Studies. 44(4), 842-862
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Schoenberger, L., & Beban, A. (2017). What is academic research on the Cambodian frontier?. Critical Asian Studies. 49(3), 437-440
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, A., So, S., & Un, K. (2017). From Force to Legitimation: Rethinking Land Grabs in Cambodia. Development and Change. 48(3), 590-612
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
Work, C., & Beban, A. (2016). Mapping the srok: The mimeses of land titling in Cambodia. Sojourn. 31(1), 37-80
[Journal article]Authored by: Beban, A.
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, AB. (2014). Is organic agriculture a viable strategy in contexts of rapid agrarian transition?. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. 4(2), 131-147
[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. (2014). How the leopard got its spots: Gender dimensions of land reform in Cambodia. ,Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Foundation
[Scholarly edition]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB. (2012). The politics of wellbeing in international development: Research with organic farmers in Cambodia. In H. Selin, & G. Davey (Eds.) Happiness Across Cultures. (pp. 149 - 165). Netherlands: Springer
[Chapter]Authored by: Beban, A.


Beban, AB. (2017). Unwritten rule(s): Uncertain statemaking on Cambodia's land frontier. (Doctoral Thesis, Cornell University)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Beban, A.


Beban, AB., & Pou, S. (2015). Human security and land rights in Cambodia. Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace.
[Commissioned Report]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.They come with vegetables and leave with black gold: Making markets in Cambodia. . Bandung, Indonesia
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB.Youth to the Frontier: Ambiguous state making in Cambodia’s land reform.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB.(2016). Unwritten rule(s): Ambiguous state making on Cambodia’s property frontier. . San Francisco, United States of America
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB., & Schoenberger, L.They turn us into criminals: Encountering land grabs as entanglements of fear.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB.Laboring in ambiguity: Uncertainty, fear and the meaning of tenure security in Cambodia’s agribusiness concessions. . Toronto, Canada
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Beban, A.
Beban, AB., & Gorman, T. (2015). Gaining and maintaining control: Vietnamese migrants, Cambodian elites and strategies of land control along the Cambodian borderlands. Land grabbing, conflict and agrarian‐environmental transformations: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia. Vol. 27 (pp. 1 - 21). Chiang Mai: Land grabbing, conflict and agrarian‐environmental transformations: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]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

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Lan Phuong Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Engaging with the private sector for development: A critical analysis of attempts to partner with business for women’s economic empowerment in Vietnam.
  • Kalym Lipsey - Doctor of Philosophy
    A ‘rightful’ way forward: exploring the impact of ethnic discrimination and inequality on the fulfilment of rights in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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