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

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). 

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.

'High Meat, Dairy Consumption Harming Planet - UN research', Radio New Zealand, 9 August 2019.

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

  • 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
  • Arisarawan Tanasinsiri: Intersection of Foreign Trade and Development Assistance: New Zealand's Engagement in Thailand's and Sri Lanka's Dairy Sector – Main supervisor
  • Dina Viktoria Sinlae: Potential and Challenges of Agriculture - Tourism Linkages for Poverty Alleviation in Indonesia - Main supervisor
  • Anna Matevosyan: Understanding Local Environmental Governance: The Case of Wildlife Refuges in Taiwan - Main supervisor
  • Sochanny Hak: Land Exclusions, Livelihoods Transitions and Gendered Responses Among Bunong Indigenous People in Srae Preah Commune, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia - Joint Supervision with A/Prof Yvonne Underhill-Sem (Development Studies)
  • Hazel Antonio:  Factors Affecting Rice Farmers’ Market Participation Channels in the Philippines - Main supervisor
  • 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) 
  • 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

  • 2019, David Abbott: The Role of Transnationalism in Disaster Risk Reduction among Fijian-based Pacific Island Communities: Understanding Social Capital to Enhance Disaster Communication (together with Jay Marlowe)
  • 2019, 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, UoA).
  • 2019, Sarah Stephens: Transitioning to a Sustainable Future: Framing Business Action on Climate Change (co-supervisor with A/Prof Nicholas Lewis, School of Environment, UoA).

Completed MA Theses

  • 2019, Hanyang Ge: Humanitarian Interventions and Other Disaster Responses Following the March 2017 Flood in Piura, Peru (together 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 (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)


  • 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)


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; Member of the Faculty Staffing Committee of the University of Auckland's Business School

Areas of expertise

  • 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

Member of the Steering Committee of the Development Studies Network of Aotearoa New Zealand (DevNet); Member of the Consortium for Extra-Territorial Human Rights Obligations; Editor of the Routledge Book Series "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)

  • 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.
  • 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


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