Hein Mallee is a social scientist with a Ph.D. from Leiden University, the Netherlands. His work was initially concerned with migration and related policies in China, but as he started working in international development (with the Netherlands Government, the Ford Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Centre), he became involved in projects on rural development, natural resources management and poverty alleviation both in China and in Southeast Asia. The dominant theme in this was local people’s involvement in and rights to resources. In the past eight years, Hein has worked on issues relating to human health and environment (“Ecohealth”), building on the foundation of local participation and rural development. He has been a Professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, since March 2013. He coordinates the Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia.