Professor Andreas Neef

MSc/PhD University of Hohenheim, Germany


I joined the Faculty of Arts as Professor in Development Studies in December 2013. I 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. I hold MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics, Development Policy and Rural Sociology from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. I have extensive research experience in Mainland Southeast Asia, West Africa, the South Pacific and the Middle East. I 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.

Research | Current

  • Climate mobilities and mobility justice
  • Climate change adaptation and community resilience
  • Post-disaster response and recovery
  • Tourism-induced displacement
  • Land and resource grabbing, resistance and restitution
  • Participatory approaches to research and development
  • Ethics and governance in the food-water-energy nexus

Since 2020, I have worked on a three-year project on International Climate Migration and Climatic Poverty Traps in the Asia-Pacific Region (INTERCEPT). Funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand under the Catalyst: Seeding New Zealand-Germany Science & Technology Programme, this interdisciplinary research project brings together expertise from economics, development studies and information science in Germany and New Zealand to examine the role of climatic changes in triggering the decision of individuals, families and communities to migrate within and across countries. The research team employs a comparative behavioural approach using qualitative interviews, network analysis, and surveys with people severely affected by climate change in Samoa and the Solomon Islands as well as those having successfully migrated to New Zealand. The findings will inform policy-makers in different geographical contexts and at various administrative levels on how to develop anticipatory governance regimes for managing migration flows resulting from rapidly accelerating climate change.

Closely related to this research is another poject that I started in 2020. Funded by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), Climate-Induced Migration: Global Scope, Regional Impacts and National Policy Frameworks brings together a consortium of WUN academics and non-WUN partners that aims to provide holistic transdisciplinary expertise on the topic of climate-induced migration which is rapidly emerging as a major global challenge. Our research contributes to a better understanding of when, where, how and at what scale climate-induced migration takes place in different world regions. It does so through a structured analysis of existing studies on this phenomenon, a systematic stock-taking of available research expertise across WUN members, and a global analysis of policy and legal frameworks pertaining to climate-induced migration. Together with colleagues from the University of Southampton, University of Alberta and the University of Western Australia, I am currently guest-editing a topical collection on Climate Mobilities and Mobility Justice for the journal Regional Environmental Change. The findings are expected to help inform policy measures in the field of international and internal migration and improve legal frameworks at the national and international level for the protection of so-called climate migrants. As associate investigator, I am involved in another WUN-funded research project, Global Comparative Assessment of the Role of Oceans in a Sustainable Future (led by Prof Susan Gourvenec, University of Southampton).

Together with Dr Jamie Gillen and Dr Jesse Hession Grayman, I am leading a project on Tourism and COVID-19 in Selected ASEAN Countries, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. We collaborate with colleagues in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

In May 2021, I published a single-authored book entitled Tourism, Land Grabs and Displacement: The Darker Side of the Feel-Good Industry in the new Routledge Global Land and Resource Grabbing Book Series that I co-edit with Dr Chanrith Ngin. Together with Chanrith, A/Prof Sharlene Mollett, University of Toronto, and Dr Tsegaye Moreda, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, I am also editing the Routledge Handbook for Global Land and Resource Grabbing.

I have recently concluded a 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 explored 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 transdisciplinary project combined applied research and capacity-building and brought together natural and social scientists from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Cambodia.

As associate investigator, I am involved in a project on Climate‐Smart Landscapes and Livelihoods in Fiji and Tonga funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for a period of four years (2018‐2021).


'Desperate Times Loom for NZ', NZ Herald, 15 February 2019.

'Tourism, Land Grabs and Displacement', 95bFM, 12 November 2019

'Land Grabs and Displacement: Tourism's Dark Side', Newsroom, 21 November 2019

'No Climate Justice without Migration Justice', Newsroom, 11 November 2021


Teaching | Current

DEVELOP 709 Theories of International Development

DEVELOP 710 Development Policies and Institutions

POLITICS 313 Governing Planet Earth

SUSTAIN 300 A Sustainable World

Postgraduate supervision

Ongoing PhD Theses

  • Ratanakvisal Chean: Influence of Climate Stress on Household Mobility Decisions and Experiences in Cambodia - Joint supervisor with Dr Jamie Gillen, Global Studies
  • Cathrine Dyer: Climate Change Governance and the Allocation of Risks, Rights and Responsibilities - Main supervisor
  • Olivia Yates: Climate Displacement to New Zealand: Attitudes Towards and Implications of Migration from Climate Change in the Pacific – Co-supervisor with Dr Sam Manuela and Dr Shiloh Groot (School of Psychology, UoA)
  • Sivendra Michael: Exploring Factors of Building Disaster Resilience – A Case Study of Micro-, Small-, and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Ba Province, Fiji – Main supervisor (with Dr Jesse Hession Grayman)
  • Arisarawan Tanasinsiri: Intersection of Foreign Trade and Development Assistance: New Zealand's Engagement in Thailand's and Sri Lanka's Dairy Sector – Main supervisor (with Dr Jesse Hession Grayman)

Completed PhD Theses

  • 2021, Sochanny Hak: Land Exclusions, Livelihoods Transitions and Gendered Responses Among Bunong Indigenous People in Srae Preah Commune, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia - Joint Supervisor with A/Prof Yvonne Underhill-Sem (Pacific Studies)
    Hazel Antonio:  Factors Affecting Rice Farmers’ Market Participation Channels in the Philippines - Main supervisor (with Dr Steffen Lippert, Business School, UoA)
  • 2020, Anna Matevosyan: Understanding Local Environmental Governance: The Case of Wildlife Refuges in Taiwan - Main supervisor (with Dr Jesse Hession Grayman)
  • 2020, Hyrine Munga: Adoption of Household Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs): Domestic Biogas in Rural Kenya - Joint supervisor with A/Prof Ward Friesen (School of Environment, UoA) 
  • 2020, Osamuede Odiase: Urbanisation and Disaster Risk: Assessing the Resilience of African Communities in Auckland to the Risk of Natural Hazards - Co-supervisor with Prof Suzanne Wilkinson (Civil Engineering)
  • 2015, Chalathon Choocharoen: Recording, Validating and Scaling up Local Ecological Knowledge of Ethnic Minority Farmers in Northern Thailand and Northern Laos (with Professor Volker Hoffmann, University of Hohenheim)
  • 2015, Emel Zerrouk: Resource Grabbing in Myanmar: Mechanisms, Impacts and Discourses. PhD thesis, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan (with Professor Shinya Funakawa, Kyoto University)
  • 2011, Iven Schad: "We Vietnamese Do New Things Differently": Facing Uncertainty in Agricultural Innovation (with Professor Volker Hoffmann, University of Hohenheim)
  • 2010, Thai Thi Minh: Agricultural Innovation Systems in Vietnam’s Northern Mountainous Region. Six Decades Shift from a Supply-Driven to a Diversification-Oriented System (with Professor Volker Hoffmann, University of Hohenheim)
  • 2008, Rupert Friederichsen: Opening up Knowledge Production through Participatory Research? Agricultural Research for Vietnam's Northern Uplands. (with Professor Franz Heidhues, University of Hohenheim and Professor Dieter Neubert, University of Bayreuth)

Completed MA Theses

  • 2021, Erin Stieler: Emergencies and Pandemics: Disaster Resilience and Preparedness among International Students at the University of Auckland (with Ritesh Shah, Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2020, Sarah Stephens: Transitioning to a Sustainable Future: Framing Business Action on Climate Change (co-supervisor with A/Prof Nicholas Lewis, School of Environment).
  • 2020, Ashley Bartlett: The Role of Private Household Insurance on Community Climate Change Adaptation Outcomes in Samoa (co-supervisor with Dr Meg Parsons, School of Environment).
  • 2019, Hanyang Ge: Humanitarian Interventions and Other Disaster Responses Following the March 2017 Flood in Piura, Peru (with Jesse Hession Grayman)
  • 2018, Kahukura Bennett: Embodying Resilience: Narrating Gendered Experiences and Knowledge Construction of Disasters in Fiji
  • 2017, Lucy Benge: Governing Mobility Across Messy Policy Space: Planned Relocation as a Strategy of Climate Change Adaptation from UNHCR to Fiji
  • 2017, Jeffrey Sabour: Youth Empowerment in South Auckland: Gauging the Potential of Participatory Action Research (with Ritesh Shah, Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2016, Carl Adams: Community Participation and NGO Response to the April 2014 Floods on the Solomon Islands
  • 2016, Myra Laporte: Mapping the Challenges of the Food, Water and Energy Security Nexus in Seychelles: Efforts to Move Towards Renewable Energy
  • 2016, Lyda Hak: Acquiring skills for employability through technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at the diploma level in Cambodia (with Ritesh Shah, Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2015, Lara Faye Mula: Targeted Public Distribution System in India: Its Effectiveness and Impacts on Food Security
  • 2015, Jesusa Grace J. Molina: Enhancing Agtas’ resilience and development:  Integrating indigenous knowledge in the disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) policies and plans of Casiguran
  • 2015, Hang Anh Dinh: Challenges in the NGO-business partnerships in the developing world: Case studies of three partnerships in Vietnam
  • 2013, Ryunosuke Minamihara: Perceptions and management of community forests in Cambodia and Fiji. MSc thesis, Kyoto University, Japan (with Kei Mizuno).
  • 2010, Antonia Schneider: Participatory supply chain analysis of high value spices in Northern Lao PDR. MSc thesis, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (with Volker Hoffmann)
  • 2010, Annabell Redegeld: Contributions of wild plant resources to food security and income diversification: A case study in a Black Lahu and Karen village in northern Thailand. MSc thesis, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (with Volker Hoffmann)
  • 2010, Jegan Ganeshamoorthy: Assessment of local perception of wealth and poverty dynamics in Chieng Khoi, Son La Province, Vietnam. MSc thesis, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (with Volker Hoffmann)


  • Faculty of Arts Leadership in Teaching and Learning Excellence Award (2019)
  • Faculty of Arts Research Excellence Award (2018)
  • Visiting Fellow - East-Wester Center Honolulu, Hawai'i (2017)
  • Visiting Fellow - University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (2017)
  • Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia: Group Programme (2015)
  • Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Emerald Publishing Group (2014)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2009)
  • Research Award of the Stuttgarter Hofbräu Foundation, Germany, for Outstanding Scientific Achievements within the Thai-Vietnamese German Collaborative Research Centre (Uplands Program - SFB 564) “Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountainous Regions of Southeast Asia” (2003)
  • Josef G. Knoll Science Award of the Eiselen Foundation, Ulm, Germany, for Outstanding and Applicable PhD research in the Field of Hunger Alleviation (1998)


Associate Dean Research; University's Principal Representative for the "Responding to Climate Change" Global Challenge Steering Group of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN); Graduate Advisor Development Studies; Member of the Faculty of Arts Staffing Committee

Areas of expertise

  • Climate mobilities and mobility justice
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Post-disaster response and recovery
  • Natural resource governance
  • Land and resource grabbing
  • Development-induced displacement
  • Tourism and development
  • Participatory approaches to research and development
  • Rural development policy
  • Environmental ethics
  • Rural innovation processes

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Regional Coordinator Oceania of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC); Member of the Consortium for Extra-Territorial Human Rights Obligations; Editor of the book series "Routledge Studies in Global Land and Resource Grabbing"; Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals "Agriculture and Human Values", "International Journal of the Commons", "Progress in Disaster Science", "Land" and "Law and Development Review"; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the book series Community, Environment and Disaster Risk Management by Emerald Publishers, UK

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ngin, C., Chhom, C., & Neef, A. (2020). Climate change impacts and disaster resilience among micro businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector: The case of Kratie, Cambodia. Environmental research, 18610.1016/j.envres.2020.109557
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chanrith Ngin
  • Neef, A. (2020). Tropical forests lost to land grabbing. NATURE GEOSCIENCE, 13 (7), 460-461. 10.1038/s41561-020-0604-3
  • Neef, A. (2020). Legal and social protection for migrant farm workers: lessons from COVID‑19. Agriculture and Human Values10.1007/s10460-020-10086-w
  • Ngin, C., Grayman, J. H., Neef, A., & Sanunsilp, N. (2020). The role of faith‐based institutions in urban disaster risk reduction for immigrant communities. Natural Hazards, Online first10.1007/s11069-020-03988-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chanrith Ngin, Jesse Grayman
  • Neef, A. (2019). Can national and international legal frameworks mitigate land grabbing and dispossession in South-East Asia?. In S. Price, J. Singer (Eds.) Country Frameworks for Development Displacement and Resettlement Reducing Risk, Building Resilience (pp. 52-70). London & New York: Routledge.
  • Marlowe, J., Neef, A., Tevaga, C. R., & Tevaga, C. (2018). A New Guiding Framework for Engaging Diverse Populations in Disaster Risk Reduction: Reach, Relevance, Receptiveness, and Relationships. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DISASTER RISK SCIENCE, 9 (4), 507-518. 10.1007/s13753-018-0193-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Marlowe
  • Neef, A., & Grayman, J. H. (Eds.) (2018). The Tourism-Disaster-Conflict Nexus. Bingley, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing. Pages: 184. 10.1108/S2040-7262201819
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jesse Grayman
  • Hak, S., McAndrew, J., & Neef, A. (2018). Impact of Government Policies and Corporate Land Grabs on Indigenous People’s Access to Common Lands and Livelihood Resilience in Northeast Cambodia. Land, 7 (4). Related URL.


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Level 7, Room 710
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