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Ian Baird

Ian Baird

Expert on Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Hmong, Southeast Asia, environmental policy, natural resource management, hydroelectric dams, land concessions, political ecology

Associate professor, geography College of Letters and Science Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies Work: 608-265-0012 Home page


  • Environmental management and policy
  • Southeast Asian studies, including issues related to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and the Hmong
  • Environment and social impact assessment in Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in Mainland Southeast Asia


  • Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), UW-Madison
  • Coordinator, Hmong Studies Consortium, UW-Madison