William Fisher

Clark University

William F Fisher is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment at Clark University. From 1992 to 2000, Professor Fisher taught in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, where he was Director of Graduate Studies in Anthropology and a Dillon Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He also taught at Princeton University and Columbia, where he served as assistant director of Columbia’s Center for South Asian Studies and directed the Economic and Political Development specialization at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

His research centers on the social and environmental impact of large dams, forced displacement, transnational advocacy, competition over natural resources and non-governmental organizations. His research and work for such agencies as CARE, USAID, and the UNDP have taken him to several continents. Other research activities, mostly in South Asia, include ethnic associations, competition for natural resources, non-governmental associations, and the role of participation and community-based institutions in development planning and action.

  • Another World is Possible

    Popular Alternatives to Globalization at the World Social Forum

    Edited by William Fisher and Thomas Ponniah     December 2001

    The collection explains the history and significance of the World Social Forum, held each year in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and brings together the most important themes and voices expressed by the 30,000 members of citizens’ movements who take part. Their power emerges from the range of disparate activists and organizations – indigenous groups, trade unions, environmentalists, women’s organizations, church groups, students – that make up the global justice movement. This book assembles some of the constructive thinking around key issues: how to produce wealth and manage economies in the interest of people; social justice; environmental sustainability; affirmation of civil society and public space; democracy and ethical political action. The results point to a very different human – and humane – future.