Tony Weis

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair

Ledgley

Contact Information

Office: Room 2314, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 87472
Fax: 519 661-1233
E-mail: aweis@uwo.ca
Personal Web Page

Research Areas

Globalization & agriculture, political ecology, land reform & social movements, environmental conservation in inequitable landscapes


Research Interests

My interests are broadly located in the field of political ecology, with a focus on agriculture and rural development. Much of my empirical research was initially grounded in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica, where I worked with small farmers and focused on issues surrounding land reform, co-operatives, and neoliberal policy restructuring. Attention to the wider political economic context of small farmer’s struggles led me on a path towards my first book, The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming (2007), which analyzes how the global system of agricultural production and trade evolved and has been institutionally entrenched, with a focus on its extreme social imbalances and ecological instabilities. More recently, I have focused on the problems associated with one of the most powerful dimensions of world agriculture, the industrial grain-oilseed-livestock complex, culminating in my second book, The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (2013).

Personal Website

Publications & Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

Refereed Journals

Weis, T. 2013 ‘The Meat of the Global Food Crisis’ Journal of Peasant Studies 40(1): 65-85

Hickey, C. and T. Weis 2012 ‘The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation in Guyana’ Climate and Development 4(1), pp. 66-74

Weis, T. 2010 'The Accelerating Contradictions of Industrial Capitalist Agriculture' Journal of Agrarian Change 10(3): 315-341

Weis, T. 2010 'Our Ecological Hoofprint and the Population Bomb of Reverse Protein Factories' Review 33(2/3): 131-52

Chapters in Books

Weis, T. 2012 'A Political Ecology Approach to Industrial Food Production' in Critical Perspectives in Food Studies eds M. Koc, J. Sumner and T. Winson (Toronto: Oxford University Press) 104-121

Weis, T. 2012 ‘The Environmental Impacts of Intensive Livestock Operations in Canada’ in What’s on Your Plate? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Animal Agriculture in Canada (Toronto: World Society for the Protection of Animals) 111-32

Weis, T. 2012 'Biofuels' in Encyclopedia of Global Studies eds M. Juergensmeyer and H.K. Anheier (Thousand Oaks: Sage) 118-121

Weis, T. 2010 'Industrialized Agriculture' in Encyclopaedia of Geography ed B. Warf  (Thousand Oaks CA: Sage) 43-47

Weis, T. 2010 'Land Reform' in Encyclopaedia of Geography ed B. Warf (Thousand Oaks CA: Sage) 1692-1696

Weis, T. 2009 'Breadbasket Contradictions: The Unstable Bounty of Industrial Agriculture in the United States and Canada' In Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability: New Challenges, Future Options ed G. Lawrence, K. Lyons and T. Wallington (London: Earthscan) 27-40

Weis, T. 2009 'Fossil Energy and the Biophysical Roots of the Food Crisis' in The World Food Crisis: Which Way Forward? ed J. Clapp and M. Cohen (Waterloo: WLU Press) 145-160

Luginaah, I.N., Weis, T., Galaa, S., Nkrumah, M.K. Bagah, D. and Bezner-Kerr, R. 2009 'Environment, Migration, and Food Security in the Upper West Region of Ghana' in Environment and Health in Developing Countries: Managing an Emerging Crisis ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Berlin: Springer-Verlag) 25-38

Books

Weis, T. 2013 The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (London and New York: Zed Books)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD StudentsYearTitle
R. Ellis Current Political Ecology/Sustainable Food Systems
S. McFarlane-Morris
(joint-supervised)
Current A Political Ecology of Mass Tourism Development on the Jamaican North Coast
H. Peacock Current Primate Conservation GIS
S. Vercillo
(joint-supervised)
Current Gender, Agriculture, Food, Ghana
B. Vogel
(joint-supervised)
2016 The Case of Multi-Level Governance and Municipal Adaption
M. Steckley 2015 Agrarian Change and Peasant Prospects in Haiti
K. Ross 2014 Divergent Responses to Tropical Commodity Dependence after the demise of EU-ACP Preferential Trade
MA StudentsYearTitle
L. Peach (joint supervised) Current Indigenous Food Resources
E. Galley 2011 Remaking a Forestry Town: The Multifaceted Challenges of Transition in Port Alberni, BC
A. Al-khoury 2010 The Struggle to Get Back to the Land: New Farmers and Agriculture in Ontario
C. Hickey 2010 Adapting to Climate Change in Guyana: Necessities, Options and Constraints
A. Park 2010 The Iwokrama Challenge: Balancing Conservation and Development in Guyana
K. Ross 2010 Upgrade from Masters Program to PhD Program
L. Riley
(co-supervised)
2008 Children's Geography and the Everyday Lives of Orphans in Malawi

Teaching

GEO 1500 - Society and Nature
GEO 2020 - Latin America and the Caribbean: Landscapes of Inequality
GEO 3441 - Conservation & Development (not offered in 2008-2009)
GEO 9106 - Development Geography
GEO 9330 - Agriculture and Rural Development