Frontiers of change: resources, access and agency on the Cambodia-Vietnam borderland

Photo: Sango Mahanty

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Research summary

This interdisciplinary study examined how local actors negotiated transnational networks and markets on the Cambodia-Vietnam borderland. It has provided critical evidence and theoretical insights on how local environmental, social and political processes intersect wider transitions in this strategically significant region.


  • Manuscript in preparation.
  • To, P.X. and Mahanty, S. Vietnam’s cross-border timber crackdown and the quest for state legitimacy. Political Geography.
  • Mahanty, S 2019, A tale of two networks: Market formation on the Cambodia-Vietnam frontier, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
  • Mahanty, S. 2019. Cassava and timber trade along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. IIAS Newsletter 83 (Summer).
  • Mahanty, S. 2019. Should we promote commodity crops in forest frontiers? Geography Directions.
  • Mahanty, S. 2018. Shadow Economies and the State: A Comparison of Cassava and Timber Networks on the Cambodia-Vietnam Frontier. Journal of Contemporary Asia. DOI: 10.1080/00472336.2018.1545917
  • Mahanty, S. 2018. Contingent Sovereignty: Cross-Border Rentals in the Cambodia–Vietnam Borderland. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 108 (3):829-844. doi: 10.1080/24694452.2017.1374162
  • Mahanty, S and Milne S 2016 Anatomy of a boom: cassava as a ‘gateway’ crop in Cambodia’s north-eastern borderland, Asia Pacific Viewpoint.

Online media:

Mahanty, S. 2019. Bittersweet: how market crops facilitate frontier transformation (a story map)

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