Helena Varkkey

Helena Varkkey

Dr Helena Varkkey is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. Her research focuses on the governance of transboundary haze pollution and the political economy of palm oil in Southeast Asia. More broadly, she seeks to understand how economic development can be reconciled with environmental sustainability in this resource-rich region. Her monograph on “The Haze Problem in Southeast Asia: Palm Oil and Patronage” was published in 2016.

Articles by Helena Varkkey (2)

Of Parachutes and Helicopters: Reconstructing the Decolonisation Agenda in Environmental Research

Patrick O'Reilly|Helena Varkkey|Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad

There is an intrinsic North-South divide in environmental research, which is also felt in Southeast Asia. There needs to be a mindset change to roll back some of these inequalities.

Protesters display placards and shouts slogans during a protest

The Value(s) of Palm Oil

Patrick O'Reilly|Helena Varkkey|Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad|Rory Padfield

The EU-Southeast Asia palm oil dispute pits consumers’ environmental values against producers’ economic development and poverty alleviation ones.