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Gerard Persoon

Professor emeritus Environment and Development

Prof.dr. G.A. Persoon
+31 71 527 3451

Prof. Gerard Persoon held the IIAS chair for Environment and Development in particular in relation to indigenous peoples in Southeast Asia. He has a background in anthropology and environmental science and is a member of the Dutch governmental Timber Procurement Assessment Committee (TPAC) and other organizations in the field of environment and development.

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His research focus is on human-environment interaction in various types of environments but mainly of forest-dwelling peoples in Indonesia and the Philippines. He has been involved in numerous research and training projects in the Southeast Asian region and he has also been involved in nature conservation projects. He has published on development processes among indigenous peoples, co-management and conservation of natural resources, and issues related to island societies.

PhD research projects supervised

  • the role of indigenous peoples in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management in Indonesia

  • the Philippines and Taiwan

  • the exploitation of non-timber forest products

  • the management of marine and inland fisheries

  • the modernization of pastoralism

Professor emeritus Environment and Development

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


Guest Professor

  • Science
  • Instituut Biologie Leiden
  • IBL onderwijs



  • Sheryl Lynn Foundation Lid Bestuur
  • Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal, Land en Volkenkunde Lid Bestuur
  • Prof. Teeuw Fonds Lid Bestuur
  • Stichting Kirekat Lid Bestuur
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