Micah Fisher, PhD

community planning | participatory mapping | land use change | political ecology | climate change adaptation | conflict resolution | evaluation

Overview

I am a planner interested in participatory methods and engaged methodologies for broader stakeholder involvement. My research focuses on land-use and watershed changes, and I am especially interested in solutions to addressing complex environmental challenges. I apply a critical analytical approach of political ecology for explaining the broader forces at work that contribute to environmental change. I have worked as a practitioner in urban and regional planning on sustainability and the environment, especially on disaster management and climate change adaptation initiatives.

Education

  • PhD, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Department of  Geography and Environment (United States)

  • Mater of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Department of Urban and Regional Planning 

  • Graduate Certificate of Conflict Resolution, the Matsunaga Institute, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

  • Graduate Certificate of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

  • Bachelor of Arts University of Richmond, Urban Policy and Practice

 

Research

  • After recognition and titling: research examining the effects of global land governance schemes targeted at improving local rights, livelihoods and environmental management

  • Participatory Action Research methodologies for improved stakeholder involvement

  • Landscape and land cover analysis including spatial methodologies to better understand historical change

  • Disaster management training pedagogies: Approaches to developing Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience planning

  • Forest governance and community-based natural resource management

  • The role of youth as future land managers

Consulting

I have worked with the World Bank in the Sustainable Development Unit as a water management and urban and regional planning specialist, and for the USDA Forest Service International Programs. I have also consulted with the Center for International Forestry Research, and conducted evaluations for Social Impact on Millenium Challenge Corporation compact initiatives. I’ve also been on research teams implementing NOAA, USAID, and CIDA grants, and also done work for the International Rescue Committee.

11

professional publications and policy briefs

12

years working on environmental and community planning initiatives

20+

academic journals or book chapters

Selected projects (1)

MCC Indonesia Green Prosperity Participatory Land Use Planning (PLUP) Portfolio Evaluation

Social Impact

 

Selected publications (20)

Innovations in Kemiri Shifting Cultivation

2019

Supratman, M Alif K Sahide, Micah Fisher

CABI

The bureaucratic politics of conservation in governing land conflict: A typology of capacities

2019

Open Access

Sahide, Muhammad Alif K; Fisher, Micah R; Maryudi, Ahmad; Wong, Grace Yee; Supratman, Supratman; Alam, Syamsu

MethodsX

Misleading Icons of Communal Lands in Indonesia: Implications of Adat Forest Recognition From a Model Site in Kajang, Sulawesi

2019

Open Access

Micah R Fisher, Willem van der Muur

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

Changing Indigeneity Politics in Indonesia: From Revival to Projects

2019

Open Access

Willem van der Muur,Jacqueline Vel,Micah R. Fisher &Kathryn Robinson

The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

Maladaptation on the Waterfront: Jakarta’s Growth Coalition and the Great Garuda

2019

Open Access

Wilmar Salim, Keith Bettinger, Micah Fisher

Environment and Urbanization ASIA

Fragmented dual patrons: Analyzing regional bureaucracies' task and the coalition on governing Jeneberang watershed landscape

2019

Open Access

M A K Sahide, M Muliati, R S Samad, E I Mas'ud, A Sabar, Y Yusran, Supratman and M R Fisher

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

The politics, economies, and ecologies of Indonesia’s
third generation of social forestry: An introduction to
the special section

2019

Open Access

Micah R. Fisher, Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Muhammad Alif K.Sahide

Forest and Society

Operationalizing resilience: A content analysis of flood disaster planning in two coastal cities in Central Java, Indonesia

2019

Open Access

Wiwandari Handayani, Micah R.Fisher, Iwan Rudiarto, Jawoto Sih Setyono, Dolores Foley

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Evaluating environmental conflict resolution: Practitioners, projects, and the movement

2018

Open Access

Micah Fisher and Tina Sablan

Conflict Resolution Quarterly

Assessing the New Social Forestry Project in Indonesia: Recognition, Livelihood and Conservation?

2018

Open Access

Micah R. Fisher, Moira Moeliono, Agus Mulyana, E Linda Yuliani, Andi Adriadi, Junaid Judda, and M Alif K Sahide.

International Forestry Review

Introduction to the special section: Agrarian transformation in Thailand-Commodities, landscapes, and livelihoods.

2018

Open Access

Sukanlaya Choenkwan and Micah Fisher

Forest and Society

Deadlock opportunism in contesting conservation areas in Indonesia

2018

Open Access

Muhammad Alif K. Sahide, Micah R. Fisher, Ahmad Maryudi, Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Christine Wulandari, Yeon-Su Kim, and Lukas Giessen

Land Use Policy

Forest and Society: Initiating a Southeast Asia Journal for Theoretical, Empirical, and Regional Scholarship

2017

Open Access

Fisher, M., A. Maryudi, and M. Sahide

Jurnal Administrasi Dan Kebijakan

Striving for PAR Excellence in Land Use Planning: Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration on Customary Forest Recognition in Bulukumba, South Sulawesi

2017

Open Access

Fisher, Micah R, Timothy Workman, Agus Mulyana, Institute Balang, Moira Moeliono, E Linda Yuliani, and Carol J Pierce Colfer

Land Use Policy

Implementing pro-poor planning and budgeting: a case study of government-community poverty alleviation partnership in Pekalongan City, Indonesia

2016

Asnawi Manaf, Budi Setiyono, Imam Wahyudi, Micah R Fisher, and Hendri Yuzal

International Journal of Sustainable Society

Was the conflict in East Timor, Indonesia the direct result of natural resources?

2016

Open Access

Fisher, Micah R., Keith Bettinger and M Troy Burnett

ABC-CLIO

Inclusive approach: a perspective towards more equitable housing provision?

2016

Open Access

Asnawi Manaf, Suharnomo, Hendri Yuzal, Micah R Fisher

Housing, Care and Support

Suitable Days for Plant Growth Disappear under Projected Climate Change: Potential Human and Biotic Vulnerability

2015

Open Access

Camilo Mora, Iain R Caldwell, Jamie M Caldwell, Micah R Fisher, Brandon M Genco, and Steven W Running

PLoS Biology

The Art of Contestation and Legitimacy: Environment, Customary Communities, and Activism in Indonesia.

2014

Keith Bettinger, Micah Fisher, and W. Miles

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Can Jakarta Become Flood-Free? Sustainable Flood Mitigation Measures for a Coastal City

2012

Hongjoo Hahm and Micah Fisher

Global Development Partnership Center