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

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

I am leading 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 explores 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 project combines applied research and capacity-building and brings together natural and social scientists from New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Cambodia.

In the National Science Challenge No. 11 "Resilience to Nature's Challenges", I am leading the research component "Resilient Auckland Communities" under the project "Urban: Resilient Cities" (Project Leader: Professor Suzanne Wilkinson, Civil Engineering). Together with A/Prof Jay Marlowe, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Dr Jesse Hession Grayman from Development Studies and a number of post-graduate students, we are examining the state of resilience of three migrant communities (Pasifika, Southeast Asian and African) in Auckland.

Another research project looks into the role of tourism in the post-disaster recovery process in Thailand, Fiji and Vanuatu. The project is funded by the Faculty of Arts, University of Auckland and is conducted in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), the University of the South Pacific (Fiji) and the Department of Tourism (Vanuatu). 

I am also involved as the New Zealand partner in a three-year project on “Identification and Mapping of Alternative Land Conflict Resolution and Capacity Development for Local Government in East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia” with Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, which is funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

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

Teaching | Current

DEVELOP 710 Development Policies and Institutions

DEVELOP 712 Undertaking Development Research

DEVELOP 713 Ethics and Governance in International Development

Postgraduate supervision

Ongoing PhD Theses

  • Dina Viktoria Sinlae: Potential and Challenges of Agriculture - Tourism Linkages for Poverty Alleviation in Indonesia
  • Anna Matevosyan: Understanding Local Environmental Governance: The Case of Wildlife Refuges in Taiwan
  • Sochanny Hak: Understanding Gender Relations in Indigenous Peoples’ Responses to Land Exclusions in Northeastern Cambodia - Joint Supervision with A/Prof Yvonne Underhill-Sem (Development Studies)
  • Hazel Antonio:  Understanding the Marketing Behavior of Rice Farmers in the Philippines
  • Hyrine Munga: Adoption of Household Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs): Domestic Biogas in Rural Kenya - Co-supervisor with A/Prof Ward Friesen (School of Environment, UoA) 
  • Jacqueline Fa'amatuainu: Climate Law in the Pacific - Co-supervisor with A/Prof Underhill-Sem (Development Studies)
  • 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)

Completed PhD Theses

  • 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)

Ongoing MA Theses

  • 2017, Kahukura Bennett: The Role of I-Taukei Fijian Women in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes 

Completed MA Theses

  • 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 (together with Ritesh Shah)
  • 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)


  • Josef G. Knoll Science Award of the Eiselen Foundation, Ulm, Germany, for Outstanding and Applicable PhD research in the Field of Hunger Alleviation (1998)
  • 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)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (2009)
  • Outstanding Author Contribution Award from Emerald Publishing Group (2014
  •  Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia: Group Programme (2015)


University's Principal Representative for the "Responding to Climate Change" Global Challenge Steering Group of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

Areas of expertise

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

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of the DevNet Steering Committee; Member of the Consortium for Extra-Territorial Human Rights Obligations; Member of the Editorial Boards of the journals "Agriculture and Human Values", "International Journal of the Commons", 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)

  • 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.
  • Neef, A., Benge, L., Boruff, B., Pauli, N., Weber, E., & Varea, R. (2018). Climate Adaptation Strategies in Fiji: The Role of Social Norms and Cultural Values. World Development, 107, 125-137. 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.02.029
  • Neef, A., & Grayman, J. H. (2018). Conceptualising the tourism–disaster–conflict nexus. In A. Neef, J. H. Grayman (Eds.) The tourism–disaster–conflict nexus (pp. 1-31). Emerald Group Publishing. 10.1108/S2040-726220180000019001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jesse Grayman
  • Neef, A., & Sangkapitux, C. (2017). Can payments for ecosystem services (PES) contribute to sustainable development in Southeast Asia?. In A. McGregor, L. Law, F. Miller (Eds.) Routledge handbook of Southeast Asian development (pp. 376-391). London, UK: Routledge. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chapika Sangkapitux
  • Sangkapitux, C., Suebpongsang, P., Punyawadee, V., Pimpaoud, N., Konsurin, J., & Neef, A. (2017). Eliciting citizen preferences for multifunctional agriculture in the watershed areas of northern Thailand through choice experiment and latent class models. Land Use Policy, 67, 38-47. 10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.05.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chapika Sangkapitux
  • Takahashi, Y., Neef, A., & Yokogawa, H. (2017). Conservation and restoration of traditional grasslands in the Mount Aso region of Kyushu, Japan: The role of collaborative management and public policy support. In M. Cairns (Ed.) Shifting cultivation policies: Balancing environmental and social sustainability (pp. ). Oxfordshire, UK: Cabi. Related URL.


Contact details

Office hours

Tuesday, 3:30-5pm

Primary office location

HSB - EAST - Bldg 201E
Level 8, Room 838
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