Urban research at USER has focused on identifying innovative ways of decoupling adverse environmental changes from progressive social change as regions and people’s consumption patterns urbanize. We are interested in working more on the role of environmental identities and “sense of place” in encouraging pro-environmental behavior.


Apart from building up a better understanding of the policy drivers and social-ecological consequences of urbanization in the Chiang Mai – Lamphun corridor in which we live, we have also studied production-consumption systems or value chains, like those for shrimp. In this latter case our interest has been in innovation as well as standards and certification schemes.


Selected Publications

  • Lebel L, C. Krittasudthacheewa, Salamanca A, and Sriyasak P. (2012). Lifestyles and consumption in cities and the links with health and well-being: the case of obesity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 4:405-413. (Abstract)
  • Shamsub H, Lebel L. (2012) Tourists with sustainable behaviour: a study of international tourists to Thailand. Journal of Environmental Management and Tourism. 3, 26-40. (Abstract)
  • Lebel L, P. Lebel, Garden P, Giap D. H, Khrutmuang S, and Nakayama S. (2008). Places, chains and plates: governing transitions in the shrimp aquaculture production-consumption system. Globalizations. 5:211-226. (Abstract)
  • Lebel L, and S. Lorek. (2008). Enabling sustainable production-consumption systems. Annual Review of Environment & Resources. 33:241-275. (Abstract)
  • Lebel L, Garden P, Banaticla M. R. N, Lasco R, Contreras A, Mitra A. P, Sharma C, TriN. H, Ooi G. L, and Sari A. (2007). Integrating carbon management into the development strategies of urbanizing regions in Asia: implications of urban form, function and role. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 11:61-81. (Abstract)
  • Deutsch L, Gräslund S, Folke C, Troell M, Huitric M, Kautsky N, and Lebel L. (2007). Feeding aquaculture growth through globalization: exploitation of marine ecosystems for fishmeal. Global Environmental Change. 17:238-249. (Abstract)