Professor Jonathan Rigg
My research interests encompass, in broad terms, the problems, tensions and potentialities of development in the Southeast Asian region. This is based on a long-term commitment to the region dating back to 1980.
Initially my work had an agricultural focus. My PhD research, which included an extended period in Thailand based in the poor Northeastern region, examined the constraints that the environment placed on farmers as they attempted to increase production in this marginal area. The research resulted in a series of publications that sought to reappraise the role of the environment as a determining factor at a time when such views were out of vogue.
The work also, however, highlighted the declining role of agriculture in people’s lives and this led to two follow-up pieces of fieldwork. First, an examination of the role of migration and remittances in rural people’s livelihood strategies; and second, a return visit to the original research site where I tracked down the subjects of the initial PhD fieldwork to appraise trajectories of change over the intervening years. A series of articles examining the deep-seated transformations that are occurring in rural areas of Southeast Asia resulted and an integrating book is due to be published at the end of 2000.
Another thread to my research has been a continuing interest in the environment and, more particularly, in political ecology. This is reflected in an edited book and papers on such topics as dam construction, forest management, and the non-timber forest products. Rather more widely, my work on rural areas of Southeast Asia has also spawned a number of subsidiary interests, all with an emphasis on contemporary development issues: on the role of NGOs in development; on languages of modernisation; and on exclusion, ethnicity, citizenship and nation building.
- Challenges of the agrarian transition in Southeast Asia, The
- Production in aquatic peri-urban systems in South East Asian
- Rural-urban dynamics in a globalising world: Changing livelihoods and settlement patterns in frontier regions of Africa and Asia
- Agricultural development and rural change with particular reference to South East Asia
- Alternative and indigenous development
- Migration and the village economy
- Rigg, J. & Salamanca, A. The future of periurban aquatic food production systems in Southeast Asia. Urban Agriculture Magazine. 2005;14:20-23.
- Rigg, J. AIDS in Thailand: the development challenge. Geography Review. 2001;14:39-41.
- Rigg, J. Globalisation: threat or opportunity. Geography Review. 2001;14:36-37.
Journal papers: academic
- Rigg, J.R., Salamanca, A. & Parnwell, M. Joining the Dots of Agrarian Change in Asia: A 25 Year View from Thailand. World Development. 2012;40:1469-1481.
- Gough, K.V. & Rigg, J. Reterritorialising rural handicrafts in Thailand and Vietnam: a view from the margins of the miracle. Environment and Planning A. 2012;44:169-186.
- Hewage, P., Kumara, C. & Rigg, J. Connecting and disconnecting people and places: migrants, migration, and the household in Sri Lanka. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 2011;101:202-219.
- Rigg, J. & Salamanca, A. Connecting lives and places: mobility and spatial signatures in Northeast Thailand, 1982-2009. Critical Asian Studies. 2011;43:551-575.
- Rigg, J. A particular place? Laos and its incorporation into the development mainstream. Environment and Planning A. 2009;41:703-721.
- Bryceson, D.F., Gough, K.V., Rigg, J. & Agergaard, J. Critical Commentary. The World Development Report 2009. Urban Studies. 2009;46:723-738.
- Rigg, J. Grand narrative or modest comparison? Reflecting on the 'lessons' of East Asian development and growth. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2009;30:29-34.
- Rigg, J.D. & Salamanca, A. Managing risk and vulnerability in Asia: A (re)study from Thailand, 1982-83 and 2008. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 2009;50:255-270.
- Rigg, J., Bebbington, A., Gough, K.V., Bryceson, D.F., Agergaard, J., Fold, N. & Tacoli, C. The World Development Report 2009 'reshapes economic geography': geographical reflections. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 2009;34:128 - 136.
- Rigg, J., Tan-Mullins, M., Law, L. & Grundy-Warr, C. Grounding a natural disaster: Thailand and the 2004 tsunami. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 2008;49:137-154.
- Rigg, J., Veeravongs, S., Veeravongs, L. & Rohitarachoon, P. Reconfiguring rural spaces and remaking rural lives in Central Thailand. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 2008;39:355-381.
- Tan-Mullins, M., Rigg, J., Law, L. & Grundy-Warr, C. Mapping the local politics of aid: structures, networks and capitals in post-tsunami Thailand. Progress in Development Studies. 2007;7:327-344.
- Rigg, J. McGee on Eurocentrism in geography. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 2007;48:264-265.
- Rigg, J. Moving lives: migration and livelihoods in the Lao PDR. Population, Space and Place. 2007;13:163-178.
- Rigg, J.D. Forests, Marketization, Livelihoods and the Poor in the Lao PDR. Land Degradation and Development. 2006;17:123-133.
- Rigg, J. Land, farming, livelihoods, and poverty: Rethinking the links in the rural South. World Development. 2006;34:180-202.
- Rigg, J. Poverty and livelihoods after full-time farming: a South-East Asian view. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 2005;46:173-184.
- Rigg, J. The Asian tsunami, academics and academic research. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2005;26:244-248.
- Rigg, J., Law, L., Tan-Mullins, M. & Grundy-Warr, C. The Indian Ocean tsunami: socio-economic impacts in Thailand. The Geographical Journal. 2005;171:374-379.
- Rigg, J. Building sustainable livelihoods in the Lao PDR: untangling farm and non-farm. Geoforum. 2004;35:607-619.
- Rigg, J., Bouahom, B. & Duangsavanh, L. Money, morals, and markets: evolving rural labour markets in Thailand and the Lao PDR. Environment and Planning A. 2004;36:983-998.
- Wilson, G.A. & Rigg, J. 'Post-productivist' agricultural regimes and the South: discordant concepts?. Progress in Human Geography. 2003;27:681-707.
- Mawdsley, E. & Rigg, J. The World Development Report Series II: continuity and change in development orthodoxies. Progress in Development Studies. 2003;3:271-286.
- Mawdsley, E. & Rigg, J. A survey of the World development reports I: discursive strategies. Progress in Development Studies. 2002;2:93-111.
- Rigg, J. Of miracles and crises: (re)interpretations of growth and decline in East and Southeast Asia. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. 2002;43:137-156.
- Rigg, J. & Ritchie, M. Production, consumption and imagination in rural Thailand. Journal of Rural Studies. 2002;18:359-371.
- Rigg, J. Roads, marketization and social exclusion in Southeast Asia - What do roads do to people? Bijdragen Tot De Taal- Land- En Volkenkunde. 2002;158:619-636.
- Rigg, J. & Nattapoolwat, S. Embracing the global in Thailand: Activism and pragmatism in an era of deagrarianization. World Development. 2001;29:945-960.
- Parnwell, M. & Rigg, J. Global dissatisfactions: Globalisation, resistance and compliance in southeast Asia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2001;22:205-211.
- Parnwell, M. & Rigg, J. Global processes, local responses: resistance and compliance in Southeast Asia. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography. 2001;22:205-211.
- Rigg, J. Unplanned development: tracking change in South-East Asia. Zed Books; 2012.
- Rigg.J. An everyday geography of the Global South. London.: Taylor and Francis; 2007.
- Rigg, J. Living with Transition in Laos: Market integration in Southeast Asia. London.: Routledge; 2005.
- Rigg, J. Southeast Asia: The Human Landscape of Modernisation and Development. London and New York: Routledge; 2003.
- Rigg, J. More than the Soil, Rural change in Southeast Asia. Prentice Hall; 2001.
- Rigg, J. & Vandergeest, P. Revisiting rural places: pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia. Singapore University Press and Hawaii University Press; 2012.
- Wong, T.C. & Rigg, J. Asian cities, migrant labor and contested spaces. Routledge; 2010.
- Rigg.J. Southeast Asian development: critical concepts in the social sciences. London.: Routledge; 2008.
- Rigg, J., Veeravongs, S., Rohitarachoon, P. & Veeravongs, L. A revolution in the Thai handicraft industry? Handicrafts, integration and rural development in northern Thailand. In: Agergaard, J., Fold, N. & Gough, K.V. Rural-urban dynamics: livelihoods, mobility and markets in African and Asian frontiers. London: Routledge; 2010:116-132.
- Rigg, J. An early critical foray into participation in Thailand. In: Tapp, N. & Hirsch, P. Tracks and Traces: Thailand and the Work of Andrew Turton. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press; 2010.
- Rigg, J. & Wong, T.C. Contestation and exclusion in Asian urban spaces under the impact of globalization: an introduction. In: Wong, T.C. & Rigg, J. Asian Cities, migrant labor and contested spaces. London: Routledge; 2010.
- Salamanca, A.M. & Rigg, J. Living at the margins: migration and the contested arena of waste re-use aquaculture systems on Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In: Wong, T.C. & Rigg, J. Asian cities, migrant labour and contested spaces. London: Routledge; 2010:265-286.
- Rigg, J., Veeravongs, S., Veeravongs, L. & Rohitarachoon, P. Migrant labour in the factory zone: contested spaces in the extended Bangkok Region. In: Wong, T.C. & Rigg, J. Asian cities, migrant labor and contested spaces. London: Routledge; 2010.
- Rigg, J., Veeravongs, S., Rohitarachoon, P. & Veeravongs, L. From farm to factory: village change in a rice-growing region. In: Agergaard, J., Fold, N. & Gough, K. Rural-urban dynamics:livelihoods, mobility and markets in African and Asian frontiers. London: Routledge; 2009:134-150.
- Gough, K. & Rigg, J. Handicraft and manufacturing frontier: transforming livelihoods, re-shaping settlements. In: Agergaard, J., Fold, N. & Gough, K.V. Rural-urban dynamics: livelihoods, mobility and markets in African and Asian frontiers. London: Routledge; 2009:151-157.
- Rigg, J. & Wittayapak, C. Spatial integration and human transformations in the Greater Mekong subregion. In: Huang, Y & Bocchi, A.M. Reshaping Economic Geography in East Asia. Washington DC: The World Bank; 2009:79-99.
- Rigg, J. Southeast Asian development: an introductory essay. In: Rigg, J. South East Asian Development: critical concepts in the social sciences. London.: Routledge; 2008:1-57.
- Rigg, J. The Millennium Development Goals. In: Potter, R. & Desai, V. The Arnold companion to development studies. London: Arnold; 2008.
- Rigg, J. Data from international agencies. In: Desai, V. & Potter, R. Doing development research. London: Sage; 2006:282-293.
- Rigg, J. Piers Blaikie. In: Simon, D. 50 Key Thinkers on Development. London: Routledge; 2006:35-39.
- Rigg, J. Labour relations in a changing rural world: the evolving Thai experience. In: Elmhirst, R. & Saptari, R. Labour in Southeast Asia: local processes in a globalised world. RoutledgeCurzon; 2004:287-310.
- Rigg, J. Evolving Rural-Urban Relations: changing patterns of life and livelihood. In: Sien, C. L. Southeast Asia transformed: a Geography of Change. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; 2003:231-255.
- Rigg, J. Exclusion and embeddedness: the Chinese in Thailand and Vietnam. In: Laurence, J. & Cartier, C. Geographic perspectives on the Chinese diaspora: space, place, mobility and identity. Rowan and Littlefield; 2003:97-115.
- Rigg, J. Land and livelihoods in Southeast Asia: breaking the bond? In: Umehara, H. Agrarian transformation and a real differentiation in globalizing Southeast Asia. Rikkyo University Centre for Asian Area Studies; 2003:385-406.
- Rigg, J. Rural areas, rural people and the Asian crisis: ordinary people in a globalizing World. In: Masina, P. Rethinking Development in East Asia. NIAS; 2001:241-260.
- Rigg, J. The Asian Crisis. In: Potter, R. & Desai, V. The Arnold Companion to Development Studies. Arnold; 2001:27-32.
- Little, D., Borin, C., Rigg, J. & Dalsgaard, A. State-of-the-System Report: Cambodia. Report Series No. 2/2003. 2003;21.
- Little, D., Anh Tuan, P., Dac Cam, P., Rigg, J. & Dalsgaard, A. State-of-the-System Report: North Vietnam. Report Series No. 4/2003. 2003;20.
- Little, D., Thanh Hung, L., Rigg, J. & Dalsgaard, A. State-of-the-System Report: South Vietnam. Report Series No. 3/2003. 2003;17.
- Little, D., Yoonpundh, R., Rigg, J. & Dalsgaard, A. State-of-the-System Report: Thailand. Report Series No. 1/2003. 2003;17.
Available for media contact about:
- International: Business, economy & development: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) & Philippines)
- International: Business, economy & development: Development issues in the Third World
- 2004: 'Project cycle management and participatory methodologies'. This EU funded Asia Link grant brings together scholars and students from Denmark, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the UK (total grant, 297,572 euros)
- 2002: 'Production in aquatic peri-urban systems in Southeast Asia'. This EU funded INCO grant is examining sustainability, livelihoods and health in aquatic production systems in four cities - Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh. (Total value 1,090,000 Euros.)
- 2000: 'Food security and marginal groups in Southeast Asia'. An EU-funded INCO-DEV grant this involved field work in villages in Thailand, Vietnam and the Lao PDR, with a focus on livelihoods and food security. Collaborative work was undertaken with scholars from Denmark, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam and the Lao PDR, as well as the UK. (Total value of grant 328,512 Euros.)