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Robin Biddulph


Robin Biddulph
+46 31 786 1397

Room number: 409
Postal Address: Box 625, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13 plan 4 , 41125 Göteborg

Human Geography at Department of Economy and Society (More Information)
Box 625
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1398
Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13 , 411 25 Göteborg

About Robin Biddulph

My two current (2016-2018) research projects look at (1) land reform in Tanzania and Mozambique and (2) Social Enterprise in Scandinavia and Southeast Asia. My previous project (2012-2015) was on tourism and poverty and examined the links between the tourism boom at Angkor Wat and the livelihoods of people in surrounding countryside in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

In January 2019 I shall begin a new Project looking at the effects of tenure form on resident activism in Tynnered, Gothenburg. This is a Three-year 3.46 million kronor project financed by FORMAS which I shall implement in collaboration with my colleage Mattias Sandberg.

Previous research interests have revolved around individual and communal property rights and the attempts of the development industry to intervene and influence poor people's rights. These constitued my PhD research which looked at land titling and community forestry in rural Cambodia. That led to what I term the 'evasion hypothesis' which argues that unwelcome development interventions tend not to be rejected but get diverted to places where the problem they claim to address does not exist. This diversion is then concealed by reporting which stresses quantitative progress (number of land-titles, number of community forests etc) and omits geographical aspects (such that there had been no tenure insecurity where the titles were issued, or that the forest in the community forest had already been cut down).

A related interest which developed from the community forestry is in avoided deforestation and climate change. This has brought me into the Focali (www.focali.se) research network. I have found that REDD (Reduced Emissions from avoided Deforestation and Degradation) also tends to be evasive. More significantly, I find that the resources devoted to REDD are trivial in comparison to the problem it claims to address. There is as yet insufficient political will for REDD and therefore it seems unjustified for research into its feasibility to continue.

Previous research interests have included decentralisation, local governance and rural livelihoods.

My teaching includes coordinating a 3rd year course on Global Development & Human Rights for aspiring secondary school teachers as well as individual lectures courses at the Human Geography unit at GU.

I also coordinate the faculty's Visiting Professor Programme. This has mobilised funding from local industry to bring 34 visiting professors tothe School. They usually work on 3-year contracts for 10% to 20% of their time and have contributed hugely to the internationalisation of the School's teaching and research.

Before coming to Sweden in 2001 I lived in Cambodia from 1991 to 2001 and in UK from 1965 to 1991. I have also spent time in Southern Sudan (doing relief work for Irish NGO Concern Worldwide) and in Australia.(for my Masters degree in 1996).

On other web sites

Research areas

  • Development; Livelihoods; Property rights; Tourism, Cambodia; Social Enterprise

Teaching areas

  • Development; Land reform; Rural livelihoods; Tourism; Project management; Social Enterprise

Selected publications



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Introducing Inclusive Tourism
Regina Scheyvens, Robin Biddulph
Tourism Geographies, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Inclusive Tourism Development
Regina Scheyvens, Robin Biddulph
Tourism Geographies, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Whose Reality Counts? Critical Junctures in Livelihood Under Deforestation
Robin Biddulph, Pelle Amberntsson
Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Journal article 2017
Journal article

From Chicken Wing Receipts to Students in Military Uniforms: Land Titling and Property in Post-Conflict Cambodia
Robin Biddulph, Shaun Williams
The handbook of contemporary Cambodia edited by Katherine Brickell and Simon Springer., Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book


Can elite corruption be a legitimate Machiavellian tool in an unruly world? The case of post-conflict Cambodia
Robin Biddulph
Corruption in the Aftermath of War. Edited by Jonas Lindberg & Camilla Orjuela, Abingdon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

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