Faculty, Krisna Suryanata, Department of Geography, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Krisna Suryanata

Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 438
1 (808) 956-7384

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I am a human geographer broadly interested in the critical analysis of ecological sustainability. I was born and raised in Indonesia, where I received my undergraduate degree in soil sciences, and later worked in remote sensing and in agro-ecosystem analysis. My graduate training at UC Berkeley, however, focused on the political economic analysis of environmental change. In my classes students critically examine contemporary environmental and resource issues, and use political ecology framework to assess how environmental processes link people and influence human relationships.


  • PhD, Geography, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • MA, Geography, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1985
  • Sarjana, Soil Sciences, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia, 1978


  • GEOG 102: World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 322: Globalization and Environment
  • GEOG 422: Agriculture, Food and Society
  • GEOG 426: Environment, Resources and Society
  • GEOG 637: Environment and Development
  • GEOG 639: Community-based Natural Resource Management
  • GEOG 696: Research Design/Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 763: Research Seminar: Agricultural Geography


As a political ecologist I utilize multi-scale analysis to examine environmental and landscape changes in the context of the global political economy. I currently work on a research project that examines diverse agro-food initiatives in Hawai‘i as political-cultural expressions to build unique and creative spaces of engagement in the face of structural challenges imposed by the global agro-food system.