27 March 2018
Thesis Examination: "Carbon Mitigation Initiatives as Assemblages" by Alejandro Alredo Huete
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RCSD is pleased to invite you to participate in a Thesis Examination:

"Carbon Mitigation Initiatives as Assemblages: “Updating” Human-Environment Relationships in Three Agricultural Communities in Thailand"

Presenter: Mr. Alejandro Alfredo Huete, M.A in Social Science (Development Studies) 

Examining committee
Professor Emeritus Dr. Philip Hirsch
(Faculty of Geosciences, University of Sydney)
Assistant Professor Dr. Chusak Wittayapak
(Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University)
Lecturer Dr. Arratee Ayuttacorn
(Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University)

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 13.00-16.00

at the Subaltern Meeting room, basement floor, Operations Building, Faculty of Social Sciences


The continued crisis of global warming has led to an increase in ideas regarding how to decrease greenhouse gases and deforestation. One of these solutions is carbon mitigation initiatives (CMI). These initiatives utilize a market-oriented approach which attempt to decrease carbon outputs from deforestation by placing a price-value on sequestered carbon which can then be sold on an international carbon market. Another goal of these initiatives is to enhance the livelihoods of participating communities. It is important to understand the effectiveness of these new solutions in order to solve global warming and deforestation, increase livelihood enhancement as well as better understand the overall effects on participating communities.

The research is divided into three main themes. The first will address how a community’s land situation influences what outside actors the community decides to collaborate with. The second theme will address how the relationship between the community and the environment, or the community’s ‘environmental subjectivity’, transforms due to their collaboration with these outside actors. The last theme will specifically address the various CMIs and how the community’s environmental subjectivity influenced how the community responded to them. Although CMIs are based on a carbon trading framework in which economic incentives are promoted in order to conserve the environment, the research will demonstrate that these communities are not interested in economic incentives but rather care about strengthening their networks and increasing their visibility. In two cases we will see that the communities decided to collaborate with the CMI in order to obtain scientific evidence that they can live sustainably within the forest. Due to not having land rights, these communities are using carbon mitigation scientific research with the ultimate goal of gaining rights to their traditional lands. My main argument is that politically motivated responses to CMIs are correlated to the vulnerability of a community’s land situation.

Alejandro Alfredo Huete

Alejandro Huete is a master’s student at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University.  He completed a B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Arizona focusing on indigenous movements in southern Mexico. He is currently conducting research on human-environment relationships within 3 farming communities in Thailand (2 Karen and 1 Galeung village). Research focuses on “carbon mitigation initiatives”, and how these three communities have reorganized carbon scientific discourse to further their own interests. He hopes his research will contribute to a better understanding on how projects such as REDD+ can better improve the livelihoods of forest communities. He is under the guidance of Dr. Chusak Wittayapak.

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