‘Southeast Asia’s truncated agrarian transition: Making a Living in the Thai Countryside’ (Wednesday, 3 October 2018)


Speaker: Prof Jonathan Rigg, Director of Asian Research Institute, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore

Date : Wednesday, 3rd  October 2018

Time : 4.00pm to 5.30pm

Venue : AS8 #06-46, Singapore 119260

Please email to asevents@nus.edu.sg to register


In this seminar I connect the persistence of the smallholder across the Asian region, with the livelihood experiences of smallholders in Thailand, drawing mainly on work undertaken in three provinces in Northeast Thailand between 2014 and 2017. In the process, I discuss a range of matters including: the precarity of late capitalism, the ‘problem’ of ageing farmers, evolving livelihood footprints, and the intersections between production, reproduction and redistribution. While the seminar will be empirically grounded in the case of Thailand, it will be suggested that this experience rhymes with conditions and processes in the wider Southeast Asian region.


Jonathan Rigg is Director of the Asia Research Institute and Professor of Geography at NUS. He has been working on matters of agrarian change in Southeast Asia since the early 1980s, particularly in Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. He has also undertaken related work in Nepal and Sri Lanka. His book More than Rural: Textures of Thailand’s Agrarian Transformation will be published by Hawaii University Press in early 2019.