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Dr Bob Fisher

PhD Syd., BA Syd.

  • Senior Research Fellow, Forest Research Institute
+61 7 5459 4677
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Online (with residency)
Bob Fisher


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)
Highlighted publications

Community Forestry in Nepal: Adapting to a changing world


Edited By Richard Thwaites, Robert Fisher, Mohan Poudel

Edition: 1st Edition

First Published: 11 December 2017

eBook Published: 11 December 2017

Pub. location: London

Imprint: Routledge

Pages: 228 pages

eBook ISBN: 9781315445151

Subjects: Area Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Finance, Business & Industry, Environment & Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability, Geography, Social Sciences


Environmental Governance and Decentralization

Authors: Fisher, Robert J

Year: 2017

Subject: FoR 1604 (Human Geography)

Publication Details: Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia / pp.133-146

Editor(s): Philip Hirsch (ed)

Resource Type: Book Chapter


Learning through action: reflections on action research in natural resource management

Authors: Fisher, Robert J

Year: 2013

Subject: FoR 0502 (Environmental Science and Management) | action research | natural resource management | natural resource governance

Publication Details: Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance: Rethinking Participation, Learning and Innovation / pp.257-286

Editor(s): Ojha, H R, Hall, A, Sulaiman, R (eds)

Resource Type: Book Chapter


Linking conservation and poverty reduction: landscapes, people and power

Authors: Fisher, Robert J | Maginnis, Stewart | Jackson, William | Barrow, Edmund | Jeanrenaud, Sally

Year: 2008

Subject: FoR 0502 (Environmental Science and Management) | rural poor | rural development | sustainable development

Publication Details: p.168

Resource Type: Authored Book

Research areas

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

Dr Bob Fisher's specialist areas of knowledge include community forestry, natural resource management, REDD+, poverty and conservation, protected area governance

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