Associate Professor of Geography, Ian G. Baird, recently joined the Holtz Center after wanting to collaborate with other scholars in science and technology studies on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Baird, who has been a member of the UW faculty for eight years, is interested in various aspects of science studies, especially those associated with environmental issues. The Holtz Center was a natural place to connect with scholars of similar interests.
Baird is a geographer with an interest in political ecology, identities and indigeneity, borders and boundaries, marginal histories, and development in Southeast Asia, particularly in Laos, Thailand and northeastern Cambodia. He has various interests. He is presently involved in projects related to (1) the social and environmental impacts of hydropower and irrigation dams on fish and fisheries in northeastern Thailand, (2) the development politics associated with large-scale concession plantations in southern Laos and northeastern Cambodia, and (3) knowledge production and dissemination issues associated with the use and management of the Mekong River Basin.
Professor Baird received his Masters from the University of Victoria in 2003 and his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2008. He later joined the UW Department of Geography in 2010.