Dr Chanrith Ngin

MA/PhD, International Development, Nagoya University, Japan


I joined the Faculty of Arts as Honorary Academic in Development Studies in July 2017 and Professional Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Fellow in September 2017. I was previously Dean and Lecturer at the Faculty of Development Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Designated Professor at Nagoya University Cambodia Satellite Campus, and Senior Research Advisor at KHANA Center for Population Health Research, Cambodia. I hold MA and PhD degrees in International Development from Nagoya University, Japan.

Research | Current


  • Land grabbing and restitution

I was a collaborator in 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 and led by Prof. Andreas Neef. 

I was also a co-investigator in a research project on "Disaster Preparedness and Resilience among Auckland’s Southeast Asian Communities," funded by the New Zealand Government under the National Science Challenge No. 11 “Resilience to Nature’s Challenge” and led by Dr. Jesse Hession Grayman. 

Currently, I am working on land restitution in Cambodia. Also, with Prof. Andreas Neef, I am a co-editor of Special Issue on “Land Restitution” for MDPI Land, Switzerland (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/land_restitution#planned) and a co-editor of Routledge Series in and Handbook of Global Land and Resource Grabbing for Taylor & Francis Group, UK (https://www.routledge.com/sustainability/series/GLRG).


Cambodian Ministry of Education Scholarship, BEd Program, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (1992-1996); AusAid Scholarship, Pre-Service Training on TEFL, University of Canberra, Australia (1996); Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship, MA and PhD Programs, Nagoya University, Japan (1998-2004); Visiting Scholar, Nagoya University, Japan (2005), City University of Hong Kong, China (2008), Chiang Mai University, Thailand (2008), VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012), and University Loyola Andalucía, Spain (2014)

Areas of expertise

Community and rural development, civil society, social enterprise, migration, land issues, natural resource management, urban climate resilience, education, economic development, population health

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of Advisory Board, Mekong Institute of Cambodia; Member of Education Research Council, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia; Member of Association of Teachers and Scholastic Staff, Cambodia; Member of Cambodia Economic Association

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: Andreas Neef
  • Diepart, J. C., & Ngin, C. (2020). Internal Migration in Cambodia. Internal Migration in the Countries of Asia (pp. 137-162). 10.1007/978-3-030-44010-7_8
  • 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: Jesse Grayman, Andreas Neef
  • 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
  • Ngin, C. (2019). Impacts of Climate Change on Small Businesses in Kratie Province, Cambodia. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47696
  • Diepart, J. C., Ngin, C., & Oeur, I. (2019). Struggles for Life: Smallholder Farmers’ Resistance and State Land Relations in Contemporary Cambodia. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 38 (1), 10-32. 10.1177/1868103419845520
  • Grayman, J. H., Neef, A., & Ngin, C. (2019). Disaster Preparedness and Resilience among Auckland’s Southeast Asian Communities. Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47698
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jesse Grayman, Andreas Neef
  • Ngin, C., Pal, K., Tuot, S., Chhuon, P., Yi, R., & Yi, S. (2018). Social and behavioural factors associated with depressive symptoms among university students in Cambodia: A cross-sectional study. BMJ Open, 8 (9), 1-13. 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019918