Biography

Dr Vanessa Lamb is a Geographer at the University of Melbourne. As a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, she focuses research and teaching on human-environment geographies and political ecology of Southeast Asia. Dr. Lamb completed her dissertation, Ecologies of Rule and Resistance, focused on the politics of ecological knowledge and development of the Salween River at York University’s Department of Geography in 2014.

Her professional experiences include policy analysis and research into the social dimensions of environmental and climate change with Oxfam, International Rivers, TERRA, and UN Women. Dr Lamb was also the inaugural Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada and is an affiliated researcher with the York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Research Interests

human-environment geography, political ecology, political geography, geographies of water justice, international water governance, rivers, climate and environmental change, science studies, feminist political ecology

Latest publications

Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River, edited by Dr Lamb and Dr Carl Middleton (2019) with collaborators from across the region.

Radford, S. and V. Lamb. 2020. The invisible ‘work’ of the river: Fishing livelihoods and development of the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. doi:10.1111/apv.12256

V. Lamb, M. Marschke, and J. Rigg. 2019Trading sand, undermining lives: Omitted livelihoods in the global trade in sand. Annals of the American Association of Geographers.


*Special Issue on "Water and the City" (Open Access)

Daniere, A. and Lamb, V., 2020. Asia's changing cities: water, climate and power in the transformation of urban spaces. International Development Planning Review, 42(3), pp.263-272.

Lamb, V. 2019. Hydrosocial practice in an urbanising floodplain: local management and dilemmas of beneficial flooding. International Development Planning Review, pp.1-21.Part of forthcoming Special Issue "Asia's changing cities: Water, climate, and power in the transformation of urban spaces" edited by Dr Lamb and Professor Amrita Daniere.

Kooy, M., Furlong, K. and Lamb, V. 2019. Nature Based Solutions for urban water management in Asian cities: integrating vulnerability into sustainable design. International Development Planning Review. Part of forthcoming Special Issue "Asia's changing cities: Water, climate, and power in the transformation of urban spaces" edited by Dr Lamb and Professor Amrita Daniere.