Bio, publications and lectures

Bernice Maxton-Lee is a doctoral researcher at City University in Hong Kong on the political economy of rainforest conservation and sustainability in Indonesia. Her research interests extend to critical analysis of the language of sustainability and climate change action, theories of development,  and Gramscian analysis of cultural, educational and linguistic institutions.

In a nutshell: why do we do what we do, and not what we should do?*

*(and anyway who decides what we ‘should’ do)

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Credit Graeme Maxton 2010

Guest lecture at Technical University of Vienna.
Bernice Maxton-Lee runs an annual three-day course on the political economy of deforestation in Indonesia, at the TU Wien.

Guest lecture at City University of Hong Kong.
Cutting-edge Cases of Institution Building and Development; 2017.

Guest lecture at City University of Hong Kong.
Themes of Development: Environment; 2016

Throwing more wood on the fire: PES, MSI and enclosures; a critical analysis of conservation market leaders in Indonesia; De l’huile sur le feu: PES, MSI et clotures; une analyse critique des leaders du marché de la conservation en Indonésie
Maxton-Lee, B; Congrès Asie 2017; 26-28 June 2017; Sciences Po, Paris

The Deforestation Crisis in Indonesia: A Public-private Product.
Private-public interactions in shaping policy outcomes in East Asia, International Studies Association Conference Asia Pacific Hong Kong 2016.
Panel discussion with Juliette Schwak, Yee Man Yvette To, Miriam Laura Sanchez Cesar, Toby Carroll and Darryl S. L. Jarvis.

Co-moderator, Expert Forum on the State and Fate of the World’s Rainforests.
Discussion with Claude Martin, Olivia Rickenbach and Martin Bauert on the state of the world’s rainforests; hosted by Swiss Re.


Material Realities: Why Indonesian Deforestation Persists and Conservation Fails
Forthcoming: Journal of Contemporary Asia; Maxton-Lee, Bernice; 2017

The Oil Palm Complex: Smallholders, Agribusiness and the State in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Journal of Contemporary Asia; Book Review, Rob Cramb and John F. McCarthy (eds) (Singapore: NUS Press, 2016).

Perspectives Internationales.
An ecosystem approach to understanding deforestation in Indonesia: From Frank and Grainger to Polanyi and Luxemburg.

Effects of pesticides on honey bees.
Pesticides have potential, mostly neurotoxic, consequences on the behavioural patterns of honey bees.  Background for an email to European Commissioners Potocnik, Borg and Ciolos, on the restriction of neonicotinoid-based pesticides.

Indonesia’s deforestation is logical, but misunderstood.
Deforestation in Indonesia is a serious global problem, but it is largely ignored, and the reasons behind it are misunderstood.

Following a doctrine is not the same as understanding a principle.
To change course, we need to abandon notions of leadership and think instead about social progress, based on principle.  LeeMax debates global sustainability as part of the Club of Rome’s “Change the Course” project.

Listening is a virtue we have forgotten.
Many of the problems we face stem from a failure to listen, to free our minds from preconceptions, and to understand the motivations of others.

Deforestation: we’re paying for it.
We are to blame for deforestation.

The challenges of monitoring honey bee (Apis mellifera) losses.
Deaths of honey bees, an indicator of ecosystem stability, seem to be rising.  The reasons are complex.