Professor Michael J. G. Parnwell

Associate Researcher
+44 (0)113 343 6334
Areas of Expertise
  • Development processes in South-East Asia
  • Rural-urban circulation
  • Rural industrialisation
  • Spatial planning
  • Tourism
  • Extended metropolitanisation and urbanisation
  • Development, deforestation and environmental degradation
  • Sustainable livelihoods and food security
  • Development monks in Thailand

BA, PhD Hull.

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Books and Monographs

  • (co-editor with Michael Hitchcock and Victor T. King) `Tourism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and New Directions', Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i Press and Copenhagen: NIAS Press (2009)
  • (co-editor with Raymond Bryant) 'Environmental Change in South-East Asia: People, Politics and Sustainable Development', London: Routledge (Global Environmental Change Series) (1996).
  • (editor) 'Uneven Development in Thailand', Aldershot: Avebury (1996).
  • 'Population Movements and the Third World', London: Routledge, (1993). Published in Japanese in 1996 as: Daisan Sekai To Jinko Ido, Tokyo: Kokonshoin (ISBN 4-7722-1847-5).
  • (co-editor with Michael Hitchcock and Victor T. King) 'Tourism in South-East Asia', London: Routledge (1992).
  • (co-editor with Victor T. King) 'Margins and Minorities: The Peripheral Areas and Peoples of Malaysia' Hull: Hull Press (1990).

Journal Articles and Papers

  • (with Martin Seeger, EAS), 2008, "The Relocalization of Buddhism in Thailand", Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 15, 78-176.
  • 2007, "Neo-Localism and Renascent Social Capital in North-East Thailand", Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 25, 6, 990-1014.
  • 2005, "Crowding Out and Clawing Back: Local Institutions and Sustainable Livelihoods in North-East Thailand", International Development Planning Review, 27, 2, 143-68.
  • 2006, "Eco-Localism and the Shaping of Sustainable Social and Natural Environments in North-East Thailand", Land Degradation and Development, 17, 2, 183-195.
  • 2005, "Transnational Migration and Development: A Conceptual Overview", Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (Special Issue on Contemporary Migrations in Asia and Europe : Exploring Transnationalism, Multiple Linkages and Development), 14, 1-2, 11-34.
  • 2005, "The Power to Change: Rebuilding Sustainable Livelihoods in North-East Thailand ", The Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, 4, 1 (
  • 2003, 'Consulting the Poor in Thailand: Enlightenment or Delusion?', Progress in Development Studie, Vol 3(2), pp 99-112.
  • (with Bin Wu and Philip Bradley), 2002, 'Farmer Self-Organizing Innovation in the Marginal Areas of China: A Study of Farmer Communication Networks in Zhidan, Loess Plateau', Journal of Rural Co-operation, 30, 1, pp. 43-63.
  • 2001, 'Coping With Crisis in Thailand: Migration Reversal, Survivalist Strategies and Development Implications', in: Pietro Masina (ed) Rethinking Development in East Asia: From the Miracle Mythology to the Economic Crisis, London: Curzon and Copenhagen: NIAS.
  • 2001, 'Sinews of Interconnectivity: Tourism and Environment in the Greater Mekong Subregion', in: P. Teo, T.C. Chang and H.K. Chong (eds) Interconnected Worlds: Tourism in Southeast Asia, New York: Elsevier.
  • (with Jonathan Rigg, eds), 2001, Special Issue on 'Global Processes, Local Responses: Resistance and Compliance in Southeast Asia', Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 22, 3, 205-306, including (with Jonathan Rigg), 'Global Dissatisfactions: Globalisation, Resistance and Compliance in Southeast Asia', pp. 205-11.
  • 1999, 'Between Theory and Reality: The Area Specialist and the Study of Development', in Anders Narman and David Simon (eds) Development as Theory and Practice, Harmondsworth, Longman, pp. 76-94.
  • (with Sarah Turner), 1998, 'Sustaining the Unsustainable? City and Society in Indonesia', Third World Planning Review, May 1998, 20, 2, pp.147-63.
  • 1998, 'Tourism, Globalisation and Critical Security in Mainland South-East Asia', special issue of the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 19, 2, 212-31.
  • (with Luxmon Wongsuphasawat), 1997, 'Between the Global and the Local: Extended Metropolitanization and Industrial Location Decision-Making in Thailand', Third World Planning Review 19, 2, pp.119-38 (May, 1997).