About Us

Welcome to the Doing Research in Cambodia webpage!!

This site is designed for Researchers and Students looking to enhance networks, get ideas, and find assistance. We provide up-to-date access to:
o    Research funding
o    Calls for papers
o    Upcoming conferences
o    The latest research about what is happening in Cambodia and SE Asia
We also host an interactive forum where you can find:
o    Collaborators or assistants for a research project
o    Local or International researchers engaged in your topic of interest
o    Knowledgeable colleagues to help solve difficult research questions
And who are we?  Why have we created this website?
We are a team of scholars comprised of national and international researchers, and dedicated students in the social sciences, committed to doing sound research and to developing research capacity in Cambodia. We are also a group of people who care deeply about the present and future of Cambodia. We believe that facing the challenges ahead for Cambodia and for the world will require researchers with special skills. We aim to facilitate researchers who will need:   
o    Fearless curiosity to learn facts and ask questions about situations large and small
o    Basic capacity to conduct quality research to answer those important questions about the society around us
o    Confidence and competence to discard top-down obedience and the reproduction of dominant ideas in favor of research based on critical thinking, personal observation, and uncensored dissemination
Our web resource is a place where social science research on Cambodia can be presented by local as well as international scholars, a place where scholars can meet to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects, and a bulletin board where upcoming projects, find sources of funding and calls for researchers from active projects.
This Doing Research in Cambodia web-based resource is generously funded by Global Development Network for research and training opportunities and dissemination of findings

Team Members

Pou Sovachana is a Deputy Director in Charge of Research and Publication at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP). In that position he oversees the work of several research fellows whose projects range from traditional security, to human rights and human security, to open media. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Advanced TESOL degree (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Portland, Oregon, USA. He taught Ethics and Political Science at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia from 2009-2013. He is the author of the books ‘The Voices of Change in Cambodia’ and ‘Human Security and Land Rights in Cambodia’ with Alice Beban (CICP, 2015). He also published various book chapters and articles on the development of Cambodia in the field of education and human security. His research interest includes human capital development, human security, social cultural community building, and political security of Southeast Asia.
Theara Khoun is a Research Fellow at the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (CICP) and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree of Public Policy at the Australian National University, Australia. He earned his BA in International Studies graduated with honors from the Department of International Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and in Law from the University of Cambodia (UC) in 2012.​​​ Over the past four years, KHOUN had been employed as a Foreign Affairs and Political Reporter for the Voice of America (VOA) Khmer Service, and most recently a Political Research Officer for the Australian Embassy in Cambodia. He has been authored and co-authored of several books, journal articles, working papers and online publications concerning the over-arching issues of transitional justice, Khmer Rouge genocide, media landscape and reform, regional security, political and economic development, and power relations.
Courtney Work is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a joint appointment at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and the Regional Center for Sustainable Development at ChiangmaiUniversity, Thailand. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University, an MA in Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Brandeis University, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has conducted research in Cambodia since 2005 and is currently based in Phnom Penh investigating the impacts of climate change mitigation policies on rural communities. Other research interests include the Anthropology of Religion, Development, and the Environment; the History of Southeast Asian political formations; Contemporary Political Economy; and the study of regional flows of peopleand power in Southeast Asia
I am a New Zealander with a background as a non-profit program manager and researcher. I have worked with NGOs in Japan, Cambodia, and New Zealand, and I am currently completing a PhD in Development Sociology at Cornell University.