Dr Chem Phalla holds a PhD in Water Resources Management (University of Sydney), a Master of Engineering in Hydrology and Water Resources (University of South Australia), and a rural engineering degree (Institute of Technology of Cambodia).
Phalla is Acting Director of Research at CDRI. Since joining CDRI in 2006, he has worked as a senior researcher and led various large projects including a five-year Water Resources Management Capacity Development Program 2006-11 and a four-year project on Improving Water Governance and Climate Change Adaptation in Cambodia 2012-15.
Some selected publications:
Chem Phalla. “Improved Water Security Increases Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.” Cambodia Development Review 18 (2015): 6-11.
Chem Phalla and Kim Sour. “Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptive Capacity and Water Governance in the Tonle Sap Basin.” Annual Development Review 2013-14, 115-128. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2014.
Chem Phalla and So Sovannarith. “Climate Change and Water Governance in Cambodia.” Cambodia Development Review 16 (2013): 1-4: 23.
Chem Phalla. Integrated Catchment Management and Irrigation Development: The Role of Hydrological Analysis in Improved Water Governance in Cambodia. School of Geoscience, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2013.
Chem Phalla, Philip Hirsch and Someth Paradis. Hydrological Analysis in Support of Irrigation Management: A Case Study of Stung Chrey Bak Catchment, Cambodia. CDRI Working Paper Series No. 59. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.
Chem Phalla and Someth Paradis. Use of Hydrological Knowledge and Community Participation for Improving Decision-Making on Irrigation Water Allocation. CDRI Working Paper Series No. 49. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.
Chem Phalla and Someth Paradis. “Participatory Learning and Action Research for Improving Irrigation Management in a Catchment Context.” Annual Development Review, 159-173. Phnom Penh: CDRI, 2011.
Chem Phalla and David Craig. “Water Resources Management in Cambodia: History and Current Challenges.” Cambodia Development Review 12 (2008): 5-8.
CDR Volume 18 Issue 4, December 2014 English and Khmer In this issue: Maternal Healthcare Seeking Behaviour: A Life History Approach; Improved Water Security Increases Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change; My Decade with CDRI in Cambodia – A Personal Reflection; Economy Watch; and CDRI Update.
WP 97: Methods and Tools Applied for Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Basin
Working Paper Series No. 97 English 68 pp. Aug 2014 (Download) Covers gap analysis of national knowledge and understanding of the impacts of climate change on water resources; appropriateness and applicability of V&A assessment methods and tools in Cambodia, and recommendations on methods and tools for conducting V&A assessments in the target, catchments in Kompong Chhnang, Pursat and Kompong Thom provinces.
CDR Volume 18 Issue 2, June 2014 English and Khmer In this issue: Engagement Between the State and Cambodian Researchers; How Unequal is Access to Opportunity in Cambodia?; A Triple Focus on Climate Change Vulnerability at Catchment and Commune Level; Economy Watch; and CDRI Update.
Author: Ben Flower, CHEM Phalla, PhD (wrm), M.Eng (hydro), Chhea Chhorvann, Chheat Sreang, HING Vutha, LL.M, M.A, Hort Navy, Keo Socheat, KHIEV Pirom, Kim Sean Somatra, Kim Sour, Larry Strange, LONN Pichdara, PhD, Lun Pide, Nou Keosothea, Phay Sokcheng, Ros Bandeth, ROTH Vathana, Srinivasa MADHUR, Theng Vuthy, Tong Kimsun - February , 2014
CDR Volume 16 Issue 4, December 2012 English and Khmer In this issue: Climate Change and Water Governance in Cambodia; Fertiliser Value Chains in Cambodia: A Case Study in Takeo Province; Prosperity and Impoverishment: Bunong Livelihoods in Transition in Two Mondulkiri Communes; Economy Watch; and CDRI Update.
WP 59: Hydrological Analysis in Support of Irrigation Management – A Case Study of Stung Chrey Bak Catchment, Cambodia
CDRI Working Paper Series No. 59 English, 44 pp. Sep 2011 (Download)
Author: CHEM Phalla, PhD (wrm), M.Eng (hydro), CHHIM Chhun, Gove Kimhong, Heng Seiha, HING Vutha, LL.M, M.A, Kem Sothorn, KHIENG Sothy, PhD, KHIEV Pirom, Kruy Virak, Lun Pide, Ly Tem, Net Neath, OUCH Chandarany, PAGAIYA Nonglak, Pak Kimchoeun, Phann Dalis, SAING Chan Hang, PhD, SENG Bundeth, Sok Sethea, Someth Paradis, Thon Vimealea, Tong Kimsun - March , 2011
WP 37: Framing Research on Water Resources Management and Governance in Cambodia: A Literature Review
CDRI Working Paper Series No. 37 English, 62 pp. May 2008 (Download)
Author: Chann Sopheak, Chea Phallika, CHEM Phalla, PhD (wrm), M.Eng (hydro), Ham Kimkong, Jo Gillespie, Kate Griffiths, Khiev Daravy, Kim Sean Somatra, Lic Vuthy, Melissa Neave, Nathan Wales, Nong Keamony, Phillip Hirsch, So Sovannarith, Suon Vanny - May , 2008
CDR Volume 12 Issue 1, March 2008 English and Khmer In this issue: The Political Economy of Managing Labour Migration; Water Resource Management in Cambodia: History and Current Challenges; Land Transactions and Emerging Issues Since Land Titling Commenced; Economy Watch; CDRI Update.
Author: Brett Ballard, Chan Sophal, CHEM Phalla, PhD (wrm), M.Eng (hydro), HING Vutha, LL.M, M.A, Hossein Jalilian, Khiev Daravy, Kim Sean Somatra, Phann Dalis, Phim Runsinarith, PON Dorina, Suon Vanny, Thun Vathana - February , 2008