ARC Grant Success - Making Resource Investment Responsible in Mainland Southeast Asia

Dr Pichamon Yeophantong has received a prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for a project to study the impact of Chinese resource investment in mainland Southeast Asia’s extractives sector, and implications for Chinese business practices. The new data and policy understanding of investment to be gained from this project can potentially benefit the sustainable development of host countries. Through in-country interviews and policy roundtables, the project will shed light on the nexus between resource extraction, community rights and environmental justice. The findings are expected to inform future policymaking, improve business conduct and strengthen resource governance in the region.

The ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award will provide funding for the project over three years, totaling at $357,773. The DECRA is one of the Australian Research Council’s most competitive awards, with an applicant success rate of approximately 10% each year. 


Image: A rock quarry in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. Photo: ILO In Asia and the Pacific, Flickr.