Development, Sustainability, Consumption, South-East Asia
Arve Hansen is a development geographer specializing on development and sustainability in Vietnam. He is particularly interested in changes in consumption in contexts of rapid development, and has focused on for example urban transport (cars, motorbikes, bicycles) and food (meat). He is happy to supervise students interested in working on consumption in general and/or development and sustainability in Southeast and Northeast Asia.
Furthermore, Arve has just started a project on urban middle classes and changes in consumption in the so-called "socialist market economies". The socialist market economy is the development model followed by China, Vietnam and Laos, and is (according to government rhetoric) ostensibly a more egalitarian and more environmentally sustainable alternative to capitalism. Students interested in working on related issues in these countries are strongly encouraged to get in touch.