I am Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. My research and teaching interests are in…
I am Assistant Professor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. My research and teaching interests are in the fields of development sociology, political sociology, food politcs, and agrarian political ecology. Before receiving my PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University in 2103, I studied and worked in food and farming systems, with previous degrees in Horticulture Production (BS) and Agronomy (MS), both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After my PhD, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Arrighi Center for Global Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.
Since 2007, my research has focused on the social and ecological transformations that accompany the industrialization and capitalization of China’s agro-food system, arguing that these relations are key for understanding development imaginaries and trajectories both in China and in the world today.
My current project, undertaken with Alexander Day, is entitled ‘Feeding China: The Project on China’s Food Histories, Geographies, and Ecologies’ (https://feedingchina.wordpress.com/). Using a combination of archival and ethnographic methods, we investigate shifting rural-urban and human-nature relations in China from the 19th century to the contemporary moment, asking how these processes of change interact with global capitalist development and relate to widespread environmental crises.
In addition to academic work, I have also served as a consultant for a number of NGOs. My work on China’s pork industry has been covered in The Economist, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and other popular press outlets. I am also a founding member of the Monsanto Tribunal.
M.L. Schneider (2012). Discourses and Policies on Poor Rural and Agricultural Livelihoods in China. (Extern rapport). Hong Kong: Oxfam
M.L. Schneider (2012). Dragon Head Enterprises, Vertical Integration, and Contract Farming in China: How State Policy is Restructuring Agricultural Value Chains and Consolidating Agribusiness Power. (Extern rapport, no 2). Hong Kong: Oxfam
M.L. Schneider (2011). China Living Wage Study. (Extern rapport). Beijing, China: Solidaridad
M.L. Schneider (2014, februari 14). Meatification in China and the 'Global Land Grab'. Arrighi Center for Global Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Workshop on 'Land, Money and Movements'.
M.L. Schneider (2013, mei 8). Pork and Beans: Food Security Politics and the Reconfiguration of Diets and Agriculture in Post-Reform China. University of Oregon, Foodways in China: New Scholarly Trajectories (Conference).
M.L. Schneider (2013, januari 11). Dragon Head Enterprises and the State of Agribusiness in Reform Era China. Johns Hopkins University, Agrarian Development in China: Legacies and Prospects (Conference).
M.L. Schneider (2012, oktober 17). "We Will Feed Ourselves!" Food Security Politics and the Land Grab in Post-Reform China. Cornell University, International Conference on Land Grabbing II.
M.L. Schneider (2013). China's taste for pork serves up a pollution problem.
M.L. Schneider (Featured Interview) (2013, nov 09). Man and Nature in One. [televisie-uitzending]. In Radio and Television Hong Kong (RTHK). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-joSsZW5f8.
M.L. Schneider (Featured Interview) (2012, nov 13). China Strains to Satisfy Growing Demand for Meat. [televisie-uitzending]. In PBS's News Hour. http://video.pbs.org/video/2304255426/.
M.L. Schneider (Commentator) (2011, jun 01). Feeding China's Pigs. [podcast]. In Radio Sustain. http://www.iatp.org/radio-sustain.