Øster Voldgade 10, København K
My PhD research focuses on booms in maize cultivation in the Mekong uplands. Driven by rising demand for maize feed from the Thai livestock industry, the maize booms have converted large areas of traditional extensive shifting cultivation and forests in Northern Thailand to intensive monocropping of maize. However, as maize cultivation in Thailand faces scrutiny for its environmental impacts, it is expanding across the border in neighboring countries. I am examining these cross-border value chain dynamics and their environmental and socio-economic impacts, and the implications for agrarian transitions in the Mekong uplands, especially for maize smallholders.