Micah R. Fisher, Ph.D. is a Fellow in the Research Program at the East-West Center. He conducts research on the human-dimensions of environmental change such as deforestation, land degradation, and urbanization in the Asia-Pacific. Recent initiatives have focused on land rights and tenure policies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia; Disaster risk, vulnerability, and water insecurity in Greater Jakarta; Agrarian change and livelihoods in Sulawesi.
His research also engages on methodologies for public policy participation. This has included convening collaborations across government and civil society groups to address policy dilemmas on land rights, natural hazards, climate adaptation, and water resources.
He has previously worked with the World Bank, Mercy Corps, Asia Foundation, and other international development organizations. He is an affiliate graduate faculty at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and lectures in the Department of Forestry at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia. He currently serves as co-Editor in Chief for the peer-reviewed journal Forest and Society and managed a popular blog entitled “learning from disasters.”