Rosa Yi
យី រ៉ូហ្សា

Field of Study

Years of Stay at HYI

Jan 2021 to Oct 2024

Rosa YI holds a BA in Education from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia and MA in International Relations (International Development and Policy Studies) from Waseda University, Japan. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in human geography at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he is an awardee of the NUS–Harvard-Yenching Institute Joint PhD scholarship. His dissertation research titled “Political ecologies of agrarian commodification and labor migration in Cambodia” examines how capitalist development of agriculture transforms agrarian socio-natural landscapes, shapes rural livelihood trajectories, and produces different geographies of labor migration. Using a multi-sited ethnographic approach, the research explores, through the experiences of smallholder farmers, how commodity production and labor migration under contemporary capitalism intersect and transform socio-natural relations.

Recent Publications


Green, N. & Yi, R. (2023). “Chinese infrastructure as spatial fix? A political ecology of development finance and irrigation in Cambodia.” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography.

Book reviews:

McLaughlin, D., Yi, R., Ko, E., Hang, V., & Lancione, M. (2023). A composition of reviews on Home SOS: gender, violence, and survival in crisis ordinary Cambodia by Katherine Brickell. Social & Cultural Geography, 1–8.

Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality. By Sabina Lawreniuk and Laurie Parsons. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020. Reviewed in The AAG Review of Books (American Association of Geographers), 2023.

Red Harvests: Agrarian Capitalism and Genocide in Democratic Kampuchea. By James Tyner. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2021. Reviewed in Agricultural History (2023) 97 (3): 488–490

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