Dr Bob Fisher

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Dr Bob Fisher


Research areas

  • community/social forestry
  • Forest policy
  • Sociology of natural resource management, especially forestry
  • Livelihoods, poverty reduction and conservation
  • Action research


Robert (Bob) Fisher is an anthropologist and human geographer. His PhD in anthropology involved a study of human ecology in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Since working for the Nepal–Australia Forestry Project between 1987 and 1989, he has specialised in anthropological and sociological aspects of natural resource and environmental management, particularly forestry. He was Deputy Director of the Regional Community Forestry Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC) in Bangkok between 1997 and 2001 and was a long-term advisor to IUCN The International Union for Conservation of Nature, focusing on land and resource tenure and poverty and conservation. Research and consultancy experience includes work in Nepal, India, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Mozambique, Liberia and Ghana.

Bob works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast, focusing on the ACIAR funded project 'Enhancing the implementation of community forestry approaches in Papua New Guinea'.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Australian Anthropological Society
  • Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Member of IUCN Commission on Environmental Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and World Commission for Protected Areas (WCPA)
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