Sverre Molland is an anthropologist. Initially trained in Social Anthropology at University of Oslo and Asian Studies in Australia, he worked for the United Nations Development Programme in the Mekong region (based in Laos) before returning to the social sciences. After completing his PhD and a postdoctorate in Anthropology at Macquarie University, Dr. Molland was in 2012 appointed lecturer in Anthropology (Development Studies) at the Australian National University.

Dr. Molland has close to two decades of research and programme experience on human trafficking, development and mobility in the Mekong region. In his PhD fieldwork he carried out research on migration and sex commerce along the Lao-Thai border as well as various development organisations which implement anti-trafficking projects. 

Dr. Molland currently convenors the Master of Anthropology, and has previously convened the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at ANU Dr Molland, serves at the Associate Editor for Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology and editorial board member for the Anti-Trafficking Review. He is also a founding member of the Association of Mainland Southeast Asian Scholars (AMSEAS).

Dr. Molland is the author of The Perfect Business? Anti-Trafficking and the Sex Trade along the Mekong (University of Hawaii Press).

Research interests

Dr. Molland’s overarching research interests examines the intersections between migration, development and security in a comparative perspective, with specific focus on governance regimes and intervention modalities in mainland Southeast Asia.  

There are four analytical domains that are of particular importance:

  • Space-governance relations: how do spatial (and temporal) dimensions of migration policy and interventions come into being, and how do they effect interventions?

  • Biolegitimacy: How does life legitimate interventions and how is life legitimated within aid and migration discourses?

  • Development aid  and migration governance networks: what accounts for continuity and change within trans-institutional networks of aid and migration governance, and how can they be accounted for ethnographically?

  • Intervention modalities in a comparative perspective.

Contact me:

AD Hope Building (#14), G22

School or Archaeology & Anthropology

ANU College or Arts & Social Sciences

Acton ACT 2601, Australia

T: +61 2 6125 1382

F: +61 2 6125 2711