Robert Anderson works on the tension between development and sustainability, and particularly how conflict resulting from this tension can be successfully negotiated with better long-term outcomes. He has been guiding and funding a project in Myanmar since 2000 through which a network of young environmentalists is preparing to play a policy-making role. He is also a founder of a new graduate Program in Environmental Studies at the University of Yangon, with the assistance of IDRC. He has been visiting Myanmar since 1962. Having taught at SFU since 1977, he is a founder of the Development & Sustainability Program in the Faculty of Environment. He is also a professor emeritus in SFU’s School of Communication. He was awarded a PhD in anthropology by the University of Chicago in 1971.