Micah Fisher

Fellow, Research Program
fisherm [at] eastwestcenter.org
PhD Geography and the Environment, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Area of Expertise: 

Landscapes and Watersheds; Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation; Community-based Resource Management, Participatory Mapping and Engaged Methodologies; Environment and Community Planning; Disaster Risk Reduction; Southeast Asia; Indonesia

Micah R. Fisher 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 research has focused on deforestation, 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; and Technologies of Participation. 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 academic peer reviewed journal Forest and Society.

Select Publications

Fisher, Micah R. "Engaging voices in the landscape: Participatory geography in Indigenous land rights recognition." In Indigenous Peoples, Heritage and Landscape in the Asia Pacific, pp. 31-53. Routledge, 2021.

Hasfi, Nurul, Micah R. Fisher, and Muhammad AK Sahide. "Overlooking the victims: Civic engagement on Twitter during Indonesia's 2019 fire and haze disaster." International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 60 (2021): 102271.

Sahide, Muhammad Alif K., Micah R. Fisher, J. T. Erbaugh, Dian Intarini, Wiwik Dharmiasih, Muliadi Makmur, Fatwa Faturachmat, Bart Verheijen, and Ahmad Maryudi. "The boom of social forestry policy and the bust of social forests in Indonesia: Developing and applying an access-exclusion framework to assess policy outcomes." Forest Policy and Economics 120 (2020): 102290.

Fisher, Micah R., Bart Verheijen, and Muhammad Alif K. Sahide. "Community and conservation in Wallacea: Making the case for the region, a methodological framework, and research trends." Forest and Society (2020): 1-19.

Fisher, Micah R., Timothy Workman, Agus Mulyana, Balang Institute, Moira Moeliono, E. Linda Yuliani, Carol J. Pierce Colfer, and Urban El Fatih Bani Adam. "Striving for PAR excellence in land use planning: Multi-stakeholder collaboration on customary forest recognition in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi." Land Use Policy 99 (2020): 102997.

Muur, Willem van der, Jacqueline Vel, Micah R. Fisher, and Kathryn Robinson. “Changing indigeneity politics in Indonesia: From revival to projects." The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology (2019): 379-396.

Salim, Wilmar, Keith Bettinger, and Micah Fisher. "Maladaptation on the waterfront: Jakarta’s growth coalition and the Great Garuda." Environment and Urbanization Asia 10, no. 1 (2019): 63-80.

Fisher, Micah R., Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, and Muhammad Alif K. Sahide. "The politics, economies, and ecologies of Indonesia’s third generation of social forestry: An introduction to the special section." Forest and society (2019): 152-170.

Fisher, Micah R., Moira Moeliono, Agus Mulyana, E. Linda Yuliani, Andi Adriadi, Junaid Judda, and M. Aalif K. Sahide. "Assessing the new social forestry project in Indonesia: recognition, livelihood and conservation?." International Forestry Review 20, no. 3 (2018): 346-361.

Fisher, Micah, and Tina Sablan. "Evaluating environmental conflict resolution: Practitioners, projects, and the movement." Conflict Resolution Quarterly 36, no. 1 (2018): 7-19.