Tony Weis

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair

Tony Weis

Contact Information

Office: Room 1403, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 87472

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


GEO 2156 – Animal Geographies

GEO 3445 – Global Agriculture and Food Systems

GEO 9106 – Development Geography

GEO 9330 – Agriculture and Rural Development

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD Students

  • R. Ellis (Current) Pollinator People: Bees, weeds, and struggles for bee-friendly cities
  • H. Peacock (joint-supervised) (Current) A global GIS analysis of primate diversity and biogeography: Assessing trends in habitat loss and extinction risk to information primate conservation biology
  • S. Vercillo (joint-supervised) (2018) The Differentiation of Smaller Farming and Household Food Responsibilities in Northern Ghana
  • S. McFarlane-Morris (joint-supervised) (2017) A Political Ecology of Mass Tourism Development on the Jamaican North Coast
  • 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

Masters Students

  • S. Phillips (Current) Can community gardens improve food banks? Lessons from Southwestern Ontario
  • L. Peach (joint supervised) (2018) You can't just take a piece of land from the university and build a garden on it: A case study of the Indigenous food and medicine garden at Western University
  • 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
  • L. Riley (co-supervised) (2008) Children's Geography and the Everyday Lives of Orphans in Malawi


Refereed Journals

Weis, T. (2018) Ghosts and Things: Agriculture and the Trajectory of Animal Life. Global Environmental Politics. 18(2), 134-42.

Steckley, M. and Weis, T. (2017) Agriculture in and beyond the Haitian Catastrophe. Third World Quarterly. 38(1), 1-17.

Weis, T. (2016) Towards 120 Billion: Dietary Change and Animal Lives. Radical Philosophy. 199(5), 8-13.

Weis, T. and Singh, T.  (2016) Transformative Scholarship: The Praxis of C.Y. Thomas. The CLR James Journal. 22(1/2), 19-22.

Steckley, M. and Weis, T. (2016) Peasant balances, Neoliberalism, and the Stunted Growth of Non-Traditional Agro-Exports in Haiti. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 41(1), 1-22.

Weis, T. (2015) Meatification and the Madness of the Doubling Narrative. Canadian Food Studies. 2(2), 296-303.

Ross, K. and Weis, T. (2015) Struggling to Compete: Liberalization and Belizean Banana Production. Social and Economic Studies. 64(2), 1-27.

Anand, S.A., Hawkes, C., de Souza, R. J., Mente, A., Dehghan, M., Nugent, R.,  Zulyniak, M. A., Weis, T., Bernstein, A. M.,  Krauss, R., Kromhout, D., Jenkins, D. J. A.,  Malik, V., Martinez-Gonzalez, M. A., Mozafarrian, D., Yusuf, S.,  Willett, W. C. and Popkin B. M. (2015) Food Consumption and its impact on Cardiovascular Disease: Importance of Solutions focused on the globalized food system. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 66(14), 1590-1614.

Edelman, M., Weis, T., Baviskar, A., Borras Jr., S. M., Holt-Gimenez, E., Kandiyoti, D. and Wolford, W. (2014) Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty.  Journal of Peasant Studies. 41(6), 911-931.

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), 66-74.

Chapters in Books

Weis, T. (2016) Industrial Livestock and the Ecological Hoofprint: Inequality, Degradation, and Violence. The Routledge Handbook on Rural Studies. Routledge: London.

Weis, T.  (2016) The meatification of diets. The Routledge Handbook on Food and Nutrition Security. Routledge: London.

Weis, T. (2016) A Political Ecology Approach to Industrial Food Production. Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press: Toronto.

Weis, T., Black, T., D’Arcy, S. and Kahn-Russell, J. (2014) Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands.  A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice. Between the Lines and PM Press: Toronto and New York.      (modified and re-published in The Bullet, E-Bulletin No. 1053, Nov. 10, 2014).

Weis, T. (2012) A Political Ecology Approach to Industrial Food Production. 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. 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. Encyclopedia of Global Studies. eds M. Juergensmeyer and H.K. Anheier (Thousand Oaks: Sage) 118-121.

Weis, T. (2010) Industrialized Agriculture. Encyclopaedia of Geography. ed B. Warf  (Thousand Oaks CA: Sage) 43-47.

Weis, T. (2010) Land Reform. 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. 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. 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. Environment and Health in Developing Countries: Managing an Emerging Crisis. ed I.N. Luginaah and E.K. Yanful (Berlin: Springer-Verlag) 25-38.

Authored Books

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