Director, Future Earth Asia Center
Hein Mallee is a social scientist with a Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. His research was initially concerned with migration and related policies in China, but as he started working in international development (with the Netherlands Government, the Ford Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Centre), he became involved in projects on rural development, natural resources management and poverty alleviation both in China and in Southeast Asia. The dominant theme in this was local people’s involvement in and rights to resources. For the past decade, Hein has worked on issues relating to human health and environment (“Ecohealth”). He has been a professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, since March 2013 and a Deputy Director-General since April 2018. He is also the Director of the Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia.