Laurie Parsons

Laurie Parsons


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Research interests (short)

An Embedded Network Perspective on Risk, Opportunity, and Constraint in Contemporary Cambodia

Member of the Environment, Politics and Development research group.

Research interests

Focusing on Cambodia as a microcosm of the rapid social change currently underway in many parts of the Global South, my research seeks to explore the manner in which primarily agrarian societies are adapting to conditions of mass internal labour migration. In doing so, it has sought to develop the theoretical and methodological linkages between the natural and economic environment, and the nature of the social relations which take place therein.
Via the employment of a social network perspective on community relations, and the use of both recently developed network mapping tools - such as Gephi - as well as more conventional statistics and qualitative methods, I am seeking new ways to bridge the gap between ethnographic and economic perspectives on Cambodian social change. In particular, I am concerned with the manner in which patriarchal power structures emerge and adapt to their changing environments, as well as the nature of their persistence in the face of labour movement and widespread economic opportunity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Network Dynamics of Internal Cambodian Labour Migration, Royal University of Phnom Penh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Durham University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2007


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