prof.dr. (Jun) SM Borras


Saturnino ('Jun') M. Borras Jr. is Professor of Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Peasant Studies for 15 years, until early 2023. He is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for his ongoing research project, "Commodity & land rushes: reshaping five spheres of global social life - food, climate change politics, labour/migration, state/citizenship, and geopolitics" in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is also a Distinguished Professor at China Agricultural University, Beijing, and an associate at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute (TNI).

He has several publications: books, journal special issues, and articles. His Open Access books include Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements (with Marc Edelman) and Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World (co-edited with Ian Scoones et al.). His latest monograph (co-authored with Jennifer C. Franco),  Scholar-Activism and Land Struggles, will be released in 2023. He is currently co-editing (with Jennifer Franco) The Oxford Handbook of Land Politics.


His research interests include: land politics/land rush, (trans)national agrarian movements (TAMs); migrant farmworkers, climate change politics; food politics/food sovereignty; BRICS and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and global agrarian transformations. His geographic areas of research interest are: Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and South America. He also studies international institutional 'spaces' of state- society interactions, including the role of global governance institutions.

He works within the tradition of, and at the same time studies and writes about, scholar-activism. This has been influenced by his background: He has been deeply involved in rural social movements since the early 1980s in the Philippines, and later, internationally. He was a member of the international agrarian movement La Via Campesina's International Coordinating Committee (ICC) in 1993-1996. He has engaged, selectively, with international inter-governmental institutions on specific issues: a member of the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) on Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, lead-author of a European Parliament-commissioned study on EU registered corporations engaged in international land deals, and took the lead in the FAO study of the global land rush as it unfolded in Latin America and the Caribbean, among others.

He is in the Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List for five consecutive years, 2018-2022. He has received the Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development (2020), and is a winner of the National Book Award 2009 in the Philippines. He is a co-editor of the ICAS small book series in critical agrarian studies, all of the available titles in it are now Open Access, and coordinates the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS). He collaborates with the Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Scholar-Activists in the South (CASAS) on a number of training initiatives, especially the Annual Writeshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism.

International Institute of Social Studies

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Kortenaerkade 12, 's - Gravenhage

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  • B Cousins, Jun Borras, S Sauer & J Ye (2018) - Globalizations (Journal)
  • Tsegaye Moreda Shegro, Jun Borras, Alberto Alonso Fradejas & Z Brent (2018) - Third World Quarterly (Journal)
  • E Corbera, C (Carol) Hunsberger, C Vaddanaphuti & Jun Borras (2017) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement (Journal)
  • Jun Borras (2015) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Journal)
  • M Edelman, JC Scott, A Baviskar, Jun Borras, D Kandiyoti, E Holt-Gimenez, T Weis & W Wolford (2014) - Journal of Peasant Studies (Journal)
  • M Edelman, C Oya & Jun Borras (2013) - Third World Quarterly (Journal)
  • Jun Borras, Cris Kay, S Gomez & J Wilkinson (2012) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Journal)
  • Chunyu Wang, Jun Borras & C (Carol) Hunsberger (2012) - Paper for the University of Cape Town, South Africa, SANPAD Project Workshop
  • Jun Borras, JC Franco, C (Carol) Hunsberger & Chunyu Wang (2012) - Paper presented at the ‘Global Land Grabbing Conference II

  • Jun Borras (2022) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher 2022
  • Jun Borras (2021) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • Jun Borras (2020) - Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development
  • Jun Borras (2020) - Web of Science Highly Cited Research
  • Jun Borras (2019) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • Jun Borras (2018) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher
  • Jun Borras (2009) - National Book Award 2009 -- Social Sciences (Philippines)

China Agricultural University

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December 2022
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June 2025
(honorary) Distinguished Professor

2101 The Making of Development

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4240 Agrarian and Food Politics

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3105 Research Paper Preparation

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5401 Research Paper

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Major AFES

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Board of Examiners

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General Information

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4150 Political Economy

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Global Poverty, Local Solutions

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Contemporary agrarian, rural and rural–urban movements and alliances

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Is Critical Agrarian Studies still relevant in a neoliberal world order?

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