Tony Weis

Associate Professor


Contact Information

Office: Room 2314, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 87472
Fax: 519 661-1233
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. (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.

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. (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.


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 Students Year Title
R. Ellis Current Pollinator People: Bees, weeds, and struggles for bee-friendly cities
H. Peacock
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
2018 The Differentiation of Smaller Farming and Household Food Responsibilities in Northern Ghana
S. McFarlane-Morris
2017 A Political Ecology of Mass Tourism Development on the Jamaican North Coast
B. Vogel
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 Students Year Title
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
K. Ross 2010 Upgrade from Masters Program to PhD Program
L. Riley
2008 Children's Geography and the Everyday Lives of Orphans in Malawi


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