Dr Will Smith



Associate Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


+61 3 924 46558


I am an anthropologist and human geographer whose research is focused on human-forest interfaces, the social dimensions of agricultural production, the politics of indigenous knowledge and critical approaches to disaster management in both Australia and upland Southeast Asia. My doctoral research explored indigenous Pala’wan experiences with climate change in the Philippines. This work and my ongoing research has focused, in particular, on the governance of swidden cultivation in forested landscapes. Currently, I am a member of a project exploring collaborations between indigenous people and the natural hazard sector across southern Australia.

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Mountains of Blame: Climate and Culpability in the Philippine Uplands

Will Smith

(2020), Seattle, Wa., A1


Recalibrating burdens of blame: anti-swidden politics and green governance in the Philippine Uplands

W Dressler, W Smith, C Kull, R Carmenta, J Pulhin

(2020), pp. 1-12, Geoforum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Forged in flames: indigeneity, forest fire and geographies of blame in the Philippines

W Smith, W Dressler

(2020), pp. 1-19, Postcolonial studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Drought, Food Insecurity, and Cultures of Hunger in the Philippines

Will Smith

(2019), pp. 165-180, Disaster Archipelago: Locating Vulnerability and Resilience in the Philippines, Lanham, MD, B1

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Governing vulnerability: The biopolitics of conservation and climate in upland Southeast Asia

W Smith, W Dressler

(2019), Vol. 72, pp. 76-86, Political Geography, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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An eternal flame: The elemental governance of wildfire's pasts, presents and futures

T Neale, A Zahara, W Smith

(2019), Vol. 25, pp. 115-134, Cultural Studies Review, Ultimo, NSW, C1

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Weather from incest: the politics of indigenous climate change knowledge on Palawan Island, the Philippines

W Smith

(2018), Australian journal of anthropology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Ungovernable? The vital natures of swidden assemblages in an upland frontier

Wolfram Dressler, Will Smith, Marvin Montefrio

(2018), Vol. 61, pp. 343-354, Journal of Rural Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Rooted in place? The coproduction of knowledge and space in agroforestry assemblages

W Smith, W Dressler

(2017), Vol. 107, pp. 897-914, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

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REDD policy impacts on Indigenous Property Rights Regimes on Palawan Island, the Philippines

Wolfram Dressler, Melanie McDermott, Will Smith, Juan Pulhin

(2012), Vol. 40, pp. 679-691, Human ecology, New York, N.Y., C1

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