Current Research Projects

Hunger in a Globalizing World

Achieving world food security has long been a major objective of international cooperation and a focus of international and regional institution building and development policy. In the present era, there has been a renewed centrality of food security to global governance, especially in the context of agricultural trade liberalization, developments in biotechnology, climate change and most recently because of multiple global food price crises. This research project examines the politics of global food security governance. While the United Nations (UN) system has traditionally been responsible for addressing world hunger, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has emerged as a major site of global food security governance. As a result, the UN and WTO now share authority over the global governance of food security. There are major tensions between these two regimes, with WTO trade rules making agriculture and food increasingly subject to market forces, while, in sharp contrast, the UN advances a human rights approach to food and a greater role for states and deeper constraints on the market. My research shows that the WTO’s expanding authority over food security has prompted a counter-movement by the UN system, with actors embedded in UN institutions actively seeking to shape WTO trade rules in an attempt to limit the negative impacts of trade liberalization on the global food insecure. I am presently writing a monograph based on this research.

Agricultural Land Use Planning in Canada

This research project is part of a multi-year collaborative project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). This project seeks to determine if changing social values and attitudes towards food and agriculture are translating into change in public policy processes. We focus on three policy regimes in Canada: food sovereignty, land preservation, and international competitiveness. My contribution to this project is to examine whether transnational conceptions of food sovereignty are being institutionalized in land use policy at the federal and provincial levels and if this contributes to more inclusive and beneficial land use outcomes. For more information visit: Agricultural Land Use Planning in Canada Project

The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch
I am currently editing a book on Raúl Prebisch, one of the most influential thinkers, political leaders and personalities of the post-war global political economy.

More information to be posted shortly.