Mrs Sochanny Hak

Master of Arts in International Development Studies

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Sochanny Hak, from Cambodia, attended the PhD programme in  Development Studies in February 2017. Before attending the programme, she was a development practitioner and has extended experience in social research in Cambodia. Her recent experience was on Participatory Action Research with floating communities around The Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. By participating in the Development Studies programme, Sochanny has a unique opportunity to widen and deepen her research interest around land grabbing, gender, and social movements. It also provides her the chance to go back to the indigenous Bunong communities where she left since 2012 to conduct the fieldwork for her PhD project. 

Research | Current

Doctoral thesis: Land Exclusions, Livelihoood Transitions and Gendered Responses: The Case of Bunong People in Srae Preah Commune, Cambodia. 

Supervisors: Professor Andreas Neef and Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem

Sochanny's research will examine how gendered social relations shape responses to land exclusions in Bunong villages of Srae Preah commune in Mondulkiri province, Cambodia. It will first explore forms and manifestations of land exclusions and gendered responses. I will adopt feminist political ecology approach to investigate how gendered social relations insect with gender, ethnicity, culture, class, and power dynamic shaping the responses to land exclusions. 


New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Award: 2017-present

Asian Development Bank -Japanese Development Scholarship Award (ADB-JDS Award): 2003-2005

Areas of expertise

  • Gender study
  • Land grabbing
  • Migration study
  • Participatory Action research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Boruff, B., Neef, A., Hak, S., Touch, S., & Ngin, C. (2019). Climate change impacts and adaptation strategies in rural Cambodia: perceptions from flood-affected communities in Kratie. Paper presented at Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. 9 July - 13 July 2019.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andreas Neef, Chanrith Ngin
  • 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.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Andreas Neef


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Alternative contact

HP: 027 4989838

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 7, Room 706
New Zealand

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