Photo by Greg Gullette

Description: Over the past few years I have examined rural-urban migration and the effects of urban expansion on households’ livelihoods.  This includes social prejudices often experienced among ‘rural’ migrants relocated to urban centers in Thailand who often find work in informal economies or street stall vending, as well as the ways in which agrarian households located on the fringes of Bangkok engage in similar forms of labor to manage the social, economic, and environmental effects of urbanization.  As demonstrated in this photo taken at sunset in Thailand, the fields that anthropologists work within are increasingly complex and present notable challenges for research that seeks to understand the expansive and interconnected natures of urban growth, social and demographic change, livelihood adjustments, and environmental effects.