Laur Kiik

I have studied nature, nationalism, and religion in war-torn Burma’s Kachin region since 2010.

My first publications are now (slowly) coming out, including on the anti-ethno-political logic of China’s development-investment, on popular Christian nationalist cosmology in Kachin society, and on the anthropology of nature conservation (please see below).

My doctoral project explores how disparate world-making projects encounter each other, specifically the Kachin national revolution movement and international biodiversity conservation.

I try to take both nationalism and conservation seriously, and to integrate insights both from the social and natural sciences. Please do get in touch if we have similar research interests!


Kiik, Laur (2019) “Conservationland: Toward the anthropology of professionals in global nature conservation.” Critique of Anthropology.

Kiik, Laur (2018) “Wild-ing the Ethnography of Conservation: Writing Nature’s Value and Agency In.” Anthropological Forum 28(3): 217–235.

Kiik, Laur (2016) “Conspiracy, God’s Plan, and National Emergency: Kachin Popular Analyses of the Ceasefire Era and its Resource Grabs.” In War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar: The Kachin Ceasefire, 1994–2011, edited by M. Sadan, 205–235. Copenhagen: NIAS Press.

Kiik, Laur (2016) “Nationalism and Anti-Ethno-Politics: Why ‘Chinese Development’ Failed at Myanmar’s Myitsone Dam.” Eurasian Geography and Economics 57 (3): 374–402.

Foran, Tira, Laur Kiik, Sullivan Hatt, David Fullbrook, Alice Dawkins, Simon Walker, and Yun Chen (2017) “Large Hydropower and Legitimacy: A Policy Regime Analysis, Applied to Myanmar.” Energy Policy 110: 619–30.

Kiik, Laur (2014) Review of “Biosocial Becomings: Integrating Social and Biological Anthropology,” edited by Tim Ingold and Gisli PálssonAnthropological Notebooks 20(2): 173–175.