Department of Geography

Tony Weis

Associate Professor



Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario (2010)

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario (2004–10)

Senior Researcher, Institute of Development Studies, University of Guyana (2003–4)


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 (Zed, 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 (Zed, 2013).


Ph.D. 2003. Queen’s University (Geography)

M.E.S. 1998. Wilfrid Laurier University (Environmental Studies)

B.A. 1996. Wilfrid Laurier University (History and Geography)