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.
Going Nowhere Fast: Mobile Inequality in the Age of Translocality. By Sabina Lawreniuk and Laurie Parsons. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/2325548X.2023.2208304. 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. https://doi.org/10.1215/00021482-10474487. Reviewed in Agricultural History (2023) 97 (3): 488–490