Key publications

As the quality and productivity of the PER research programme has already been peer reviewed in the IPRC report for the 2003-2010 period, only the key publications for the period 2011-12 are presented below. A full listing of publications by this research programme can be accessed via the EUR library repository

Publications are included for both Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES), and Critical Research in Social Policy (CRISP).

Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies

Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES) is concerned with agrarian change, food and energy crises, resource conflicts, conservation and natural resources, and environmental degradation and climate change, as well as emerging popular alternatives such as food sovereignty and the (trans)national social movements that spearhead these.

Arsel, M. (2011), “Fuelling misconceptions: UNEP, natural resources and conflict”, Development and Change, 42 (1): 448-57.

Arsel, M. (2012), “Between ‘Marx and Markets’? The State, the ‘Left Turn’ and Nature in Ecuador”, Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 103 (2): 150-163.

Arsel, M. and F. Adaman (2012), “'Political economy of environmental change” in Heper,    M. and S. Sayari (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Modern Turkey, London: Routledge

Arsel, M. and B. Büscher (2012), “NatureInc: Changes and Continuities in Neoliberal Conservation and Market-based Environmental Policy”, Development and Change, 43(1): 53-78, Forum Issue, edited by M. Arsel and B. Büscher.

Borras, S. M. Jr., P. McMichael and I. Scoones (2011) (Eds.), Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change. London: Routledge.

Borras, S. M. Jr. S. Vellema and F. Lara Jr. (2011), “The agrarian roots of contemporary violent conflict in Mindanao, Southern Philippines”, Journal of Agrarian Change, 11 (7): 298-310.

Borras, S. M. Jr., D. Fig, and S. M. Suarez (2011), “The politics of mega-water deals: insights from the ProCana agrofuel case, Mozambique”, Review of African Political Economy, 38 (128): 215-234.

Borras, S. M. Jr., Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones, Ben White and Wendy Wolford (2011), “Towards a better understanding of global land grabbing”, Journal of Peasant Studies 38(2), 209-216.

Borras, S. M. Jr., J.C. Franco, S. Gomez, C. Kay and M. Spoor (2012), “Land Grabbing in Latin America and the Caribbean”, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (3&4).

Borras, S. M. Jr. and J. Franco (2012), “Global land grabbing and trajectories of agrarian change”, Journal of Agrarian Change, 11 (2): 34-59

Büscher, B. and M. Arsel (2012) (Eds.) “Neoliberal Conservation and Uneven Geographical Development. Exploring the changing nature of capitalist modernity in Nature-Society interactions”, Special feature of the Journal of Economic and Social Geography 103 (2): 129-195.

Büscher, B., S. Sullivan, K. Neves, J. Igoe and D. Brockington (2012) “Towards a Synthesized Critique of Neoliberal Biodiversity Conservation”, Capitalism Nature Socialism 23 (2): 4-30.

Büscher, B. (2012), “The Political Economy of Africa’s Natural Resources and the ‘Great Financial Crisis”. Journal of Economic and Social Geography 103 (2): 136-149.

Büscher, B. (2012), “Payments for Ecosystem Services as Neoliberal Conservation: (reinterpreting) Evidence from the Maloti-Drakensberg, South Africa”, Conservation and Society 10 (1): 29-41.

Büscher, B. (2012), “The neolibrealisation of Nature in Africa”, in: Ton Dietz, Kjell Havnevik, Mayke Kaag & Terje Ostigard (Eds.) New Topographies of Power? Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multi-polar World, Leiden: Brill, pp. 84-109.

You, L., M. Spoor, J. Ulimwengu and S. Zhang (2011), “Land use change and environmental stress of wheat, rice and corn production in China”, China Economic Review 22 (4): 461-473.

Spoor, M. (2012), “Agrarian Reform and Transition: What Can we Learn from ‘The East’?”, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (1): 223-242.

Visser, O., N. Mamonova and M. Spoor (2012), “Oligarchs, Megafarms and Land Reserves: Understanding land grabbing in Russia”, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (3&4): 899-931.

Visser, O. and M. Spoor (2011), “Land Grabbing in post-Soviet Eurasia”, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 38 (2): 299-323.

White, B., R. Hall and W. Wolford (2012) (Eds.), “The new enclosures: critical perspectives on corporate land deals”, Journal of Peasant Studies, Special Issue, 39 (3&4): 619-1101.

White, B., S. Borras, R. Hall, I. Scoones and W. Wolford (2012). Introduction: The new enclosures: critical perspectives on corporate land deals, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (3&4): 619-647.

Critical Research in Social Policy

Critical Research in Social Policy (CRISP), concerned with pov­erty, inequality and marginalization, gender power relations, children and youth, socioeconomic security, social provisioning, sexual reproductive health and rights, population dynamics, and social inclusion.

Cheney, K. (2011), “Children as ethnographers: reflections on the importance of participatory research in assessing orphans needs”, Childhood, 18 (2): 166-179.

Fischer, A.M. (2011), “Beware the fallacy of productivity reductionism”, Journal of European Development Research, 23 (4): 521-526.

Fischer, A. M. (2012), “The geopolitics of politico-religious protest in Eastern Tibet”, Cultural Anthropology, Hot Spot Forum: “Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet”, April 2012.

Fischer, A. M. (2012), The Disempowered Development of Tibet in China: a study in the economics of marginalisation, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington.

Fischer, A.M. (2012), “Discerning the Political within the Depoliticised: Poverty Measurement and Implicit Agendas in the MDGs”, in: M. Langford, A. Sumner and A. Ely Yamin (Eds.), The MDGs and Human Rights: Past, Present and Future, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Fischer, A.M. (2012), “The Perils of Paradigm Maintenance in the Face of Crisis”, in: P. Utting, S. Razavi and R. Buchholz (Eds.), The Global Crisis and Transformative Social Change, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Haan, A. de[1] (2011), “Will Emerging Powers Change International Cooperation? Implications of China’s Foreign Aid for Dutch and Other Donors”, in: P. Hoebinck (Ed.), The Netherlands Yearbook of International Cooperation, Assen: Van Gorcum, pp. 209-222.

Harcourt, W. (2011), “Care Economies and Collective Well-Being in Contemporary European Feminist Organizing”, in: Woodward, J., M. Bonvin and M. Renom (Eds.), Transforming Gendered Well-Being in Europe: the Impact of Social Movements (Gender and Well-Being), Farnham, UK: Ashgate, pp. 249-264.

Harcourt, W. (2012) (Ed.), Women Reclaiming Sustainable Livelihoods: Spaces Lost, Spaces Gained, London Palgrave.

Smith, K., S. Cook and Harcourt, W. (2012) (Eds.), “Greening the Economy”, Special Issue of Development, 55 (1).

Huijsmans, R. and S. Baker (2012), “Child Trafficking: A worst form of child labour or the worst approach to child migrants?”, Development and Change, 43 (4).

Okwany, A., E. Ngutuku, and A. Muhangi (2011) (Eds.), The Role of Local Knowledge in Chilcare in Africa. A Sociological Study of Severeal Communities in Kenya and Uganda, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

Spoor, M. (2011), “The ‘Dragon’ and the ‘Elephant’ and Global Imbalances”, in:  S. M. Murshed, P. Goulart and L. Serino (Eds.), South-South Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Development. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 241-259.

Spoor, M. (2011), “Crisis and Exclusionary Growth in Europe’s ‘East’”, in: P.A.G. van Bergeijk, A. de Haan and R. van der Hoeven, The Financial Crisis and Developing Countries, Edgar Elgar: Cheltenham and Northhampton, pp. 171-184.

Saith, A. (2011), “Inequality, Imbalance, Instability: Reflections on a Structural Crisis”, Development and Change, 42 (1): 70-86.

Wuyts, M. (2011), “Growth, Employment and the Productivity-Wage Gap: Revisiting the Growth-Poverty Nexus”, Development and Change, 42 (1): 437-447.




[1] Dr. A. de Haan was between 2009-2011 Senior Lecturer in SG4, and member of this research Group.