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J. Peter Brosius

UGA Arch
Distinguished Research Professor
Founding Director, Center for Integrative Conservation Research

Much of my research has been engaged with issues related to the political ecology of environmental degradation, indigenous rights, and conservation in Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). My research in Sarawak initially focused on the international rainforest campaign centered on Penan hunter-gatherers, and I continue to be involved in efforts to seek acknowledgement of Penan land claims in oil palm plantations and national parks. From 2004-2010 I participated in the MacArthur Foundation initiative Advancing Conservation in a Social Context, which led to the creation at UGA of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research ( and the Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program ( I also played a key role in the development of Collaborative Event Ethnographies of major conservation meetings. In addition to recent research on bioenergy in the American South, I currently have ongoing research on the Tolak Reklamasi movement in Bali, Indonesia, and the political ecology of real estate in occupied surfscapes in the Global South. I am currently working on a book on the concept of race in the history of anthropology.

Research Interests:
  • Insular Southeast Asia – Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo) & Bali, Indonesia
  • US South
  • Political Ecology
  • Transnational environmental movements and institutions
  • Conservation and indigenous/local communities
  • Politics of translation
  • Critical surf studies
  • History of anthropology
Selected Publications:

2022. Hitchner, Sarah, John Schelhas, and J. Peter Brosius. Forests as Fuel: Energy, Landscape, Climate, and Race in the US South. Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.


2022. Brosius, J. Peter. “The Molong concept as a foundation for recognition of Penan land rights in Sarawak.” In An Anthology of Indigenous Peoples' Issues, Pp. 203-231. Editors Ramy Bulan & Charles Chow. Toronto: Thomas Reuters.


2020. Ruttenberg, T. & Brosius, J. Peter. “Waves of Development: Surf Tourism on Trial in Costa Rica.” In Fletcher, R. et al. (eds.), The Ecolaboratory: Environmental Governance and Economic Development in Costa Rica. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.


2017. Tara Ruttenberg and J. Peter Brosius. “Decolonizing Sustainable Surf Tourism.” In The Critical Surf Studies Reader, edited by Dexter Zavalza Hough-Snee & Alexander Eastman. Duke University Press.


2014. Lisa Campbell, Catherine Corson, Noella J. Gray, Kenneth Iain MacDonald, J. Peter Brosius. “Studying Global Environmental Meetings to Understand Global Environmental Governance: Collaborative Event Ethnography at the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.” Global Environmental Politics, 14(3):1-20, Aug. 2014


2013. “Navigating Complex Trade-offs in Conservation and Development: an Integrative Framework.” Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies 31:99-122. Hirsch, PD, Brosius, J.P., O’Connor, S, Zia, A, Welch-Devine, M., Dammert, JL, Songorwa, A, Trung, TC, Rice, JL, Anderson, ZR, Hitchner, S, Schelhas, J & McShane, TO.


2011. “Hard Choices: Making Trade-offs between Biodiversity Conservation and Human Well-Being.” Biological Conservation 144:966-972. Co-authored with Thomas McShane, Paul Hirsch, Tran Chi Trung, Alexander Songorwa, Ann Kinzig, Bruno Monteferri, David Mutekanga, Hoang Van Thang, Juan Luis Dammert, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Meredith Welch-Devine, J. Peter Brosius, Peter Coppolillo, Sheila O’Connor.


2010. “Introduction: Collaborative Event Ethnography: Conservation and Development Trade-offs at the Fourth World Conservation Congress.” Conservation and Society 8(4):245-255. J. Peter Brosius and Lisa M. Campbell. Special Issue of Conservation and Society: Collaborative Event Ethnography: Conservation and Development Trade-offs at the Fourth World Conservation Congress. Co-edited with J. Peter Brosius and Lisa Campbell.


2010. “Acknowledging Conservation Trade-Offs and Embracing Complexity.” Conservation Biology 25(2):259-264. Co-authored with Paul D. Hirsch, William Adams, J. Peter Brosius, Asim Zia, Nino Bariola, Juan Luis Dammert Bello.


2005. Communities and Conservation: Histories and Politics of Community-Based Natural Resource Management. Co-edited with Anna Tsing and Charles Zerner, Altamira Press.


PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1992

Articles Featuring J. Peter Brosius

Adjunct Professor, Dr. Sarah Hitchner, along with Dr. John Schelhas from the Southern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service, and Distinguished Research Professor, Dr. J. Peter Brosius have a new book, Forests as Fuel: Energy, Landscape…

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