Persoon, Prof. G.A. (Gerard)

  • Full Professor
  • IIAS chair for Environment and Development
  • Scientific Director
  • Environmental anthropology, nature conservation, human-environment interactions, natural resources management

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6826
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A13

Prof. Gerard Persoon holds 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. He is a member of the Dutch governmental committee for sustainable timber and a number a other organizations in the field of environment and development. 

About his research

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 that are supervised by him include:

  • 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, and

  • the modernization of pastoralism.