Faculty & Staff Details

qi Chen

Krisna Suryanata, Associate Professor

Degree: PhD, Geography, University of California at Berkeley, 1994

Office Location:Saunders 438
Phone Number: (808) 956-7384
Fax Number:
Email: krisnawa@hawaii.edu


PhD., University of California at Berkeley, 1994.: Geography

M.A., University of Hawai`i at Manoa, 1985.: Geography

B.A., Sarjana, Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Indonesia, 1978.: Soil Sciences

Courses Taught

GEOG 102 - World Regional Geography

GEOG 322 - Globalization and the Environment (WI)

GEOG 422 - Agriculture, Food and Society (WI)

GEOG 426 - Environment, Resources and Society (WI/O)

GEOG 637/PLAN 637 - Theories and Concepts of Development and Environment

GEOG 639/PLAN 639 - Community-based Natural Resource Management

GEOG 763 - Research Seminar in Contemporary Agro-food Systems and Rural Change


I am interested in the critical analysis of ecological sustainability from a political economy perspective. I work with issues such as agro-food system restructuring and globalization, rural development, environmental and landscape change, technology and society, and community-based natural resource management.
My research ranges from examining the agrarian change in South and Southeast Asia in the contact of a global economy; the cultural politics of Hawaii's agriculture and rural land use; the political and cultural dimension of marine aquaculture in Hawaii; and the social and ethical implications of using spatial information technology and participatory mapping in several countries in Southeast Asia


  • Suryanata, K. (forthcoming/in press), “Agroforestry,” in International Encyclopedia of Geography, edited by D. Richardson, N. Castree, M. Goodchild, W. Liu, A. Kobayashi and R. Marston. Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

  • Kimura, A and K. Suryanata (forthcoming/in press), “Introduction,” in Diet for A Small Island: Visions for Food Democracy in Hawaii, edited by A. H. Kimura. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Suryanata, K. and K. Lowry (forthcoming/in press), “Tangled roots: The Paradox of Important Agricultural Lands in Hawaii,” in Diet for A Small Island: Visions for Food Democracy in Hawaii, edited by A. H. Kimura. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

  • Fox, J., K. Suryanata, P. Hershock, and A. H. Pramono (2008), “Mapping boundaries, shifting power: The socio-ethical dimensions of participatory mapping,” chapter 12 (pp. 203-218) in Contentious Geographies: Environment, Meaning, and Scale, eds. M. Goodman, M. Boykoff and K. Evered. Aldershot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.

  • Fox, J., K. Suryanata, P. Hershock and A.H. Pramono (2006), “Mapping Power: Ironic Effects of Spatial Information Technology,” Participatory Learning and Action no. 54: 98-105 (April).

  • Umemoto, K. and K. Suryanata (2006), “Technology, Culture and Environmental Uncertainty: Considering Social Contracts in Adaptive Management,” Journal of Planning Education and Research 25(3):264-274 (March).

  • Suryanata, K. and K. Umemoto (2005), “Beyond Environmental Impact: Articulating the ‘Intangibles’ in a Resource Conflict,” Geoforum 36(6): 750-760 (November).

  • Fox, J., K. Suryanata, P. Hershock (eds.) (2005), Mapping Communities: Ethics, Value, Practice, Honolulu, HI: East West Center.

  • Suryanata, K. and K. Umemoto (2003), “Tension at the Nexus of the Local and Global: Culture, Property and Marine Aquaculture in Hawai`i,” Environment and Planning A 35(2): 199-213(February).

  • Suryanata, K. (2002), “Diversified Agriculture, Land Use and Agro-Food Networks in Hawai`i,” Economic Geography 78(1): 71-86 (January).

  • Suryanata, K. (2000), “Products from Paradise: The Social Construction of Hawai`i Crops,” Agriculture and Human Values Vol. 17(2): 181-189 (June).

  • Suryanata, K. (1999), “From Homegardens to Fruit Gardens: Resource Stabilization and Rural Differentiation in Upland Java,” chapter 9 (pp. 255-276) in Shifting Margins: Transforming the Indonesian Uplands. Tania Li (ed.). London: Harwood Academics.

  • Schroeder, R. and K. Suryanata (1996, revised 2nd edition 2004), “Gender and Class Power in Agroforestry,” in Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements. Richard Peet and Michael Watts (eds.). Routledge. 

  • Suryanata, K. (1994), “Fruit Trees Under Contract: Tenure and Land Use Change in The Uplands of Java, Indonesia” World Development Vol. 22 (10): 1567-1578 (October).