Former Director, Environmental Governance, Indonesia
Expertise: Indonesia, environmental governance, democratization, political economy analysis, conflict and violence, migration, social change, local dynamics of Islam.
Blair Palmer left the Foundation in January, 2015.
Blair Palmer joined the Asia Foundation in Indonesia as the Director for Environmental Governance in December, 2011. He manages a DFID-funded program Improving Governance of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry in Indonesia. A cultural anthropologist by training, Blair has over a decade of experience as a researcher and development professional in Indonesia.
Blair conducted research on environmental governance in Indonesia for The Asia Foundation, leading to a report entitled The Political Economy of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry at the Local Level in Indonesia. Previously he spent five years as a research consultant to the World Bank's Conflict and Development Program in Jakarta. Earlier in his career he worked as an academic advisor to a university development project in Papua province, worked with local NGOs in Indonesia and East Timor, and conducted two years of field research on migration and social change in rural Indonesia.
Education: Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Australian National University, M.Sc. in Mathematics from McGill University, B.Sc. in Mathematics and Psychology from Simon Fraser University.