Ms. Chhom has been working in development research for several years with a particular interest in the nexus of water, land, energy, and economic and political issues. She is currently a Research Associate in the Governance Unit at Cambodia Development Resource Institute (CDRI). Ms. Chhom leads a research project, Mekong Water Governance, focusing on a hydropower dam project and resultant resettlement of affected residents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Chiang Mai University, Thailand. During her academic year she was awarded an Asian Graduate Student Fellowship with the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Ms. Chhom has extensive field experience conducting social research in community development, resource rights and use, and local governance. During her Fellowship year she plans to sharpen her academic writing skills and spend time studying policy concepts, economic theory and approaches, and to gain practical experience that she can apply to her home country context.