University of Calgary

Ben McKay

  • Assistant Professor

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests include the politics of agrarian change in Latin America, food sovereignty alternatives, the extractive character of capitalist agricultural development, the global food system, flex crops, and the rise of emerging economies and their implications for global agrarian transformation. I have carried out research and maintain research interests in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. I am a Fellow at the University of Calgary’s Latin American Research Centre and a Research Associate and part of the Global Secretariat of the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS)

 

SUPERVISION


Currently accepting applications from students interested in pursuing graduate studies in critical development studies (MA and PhD). Interested candidates should contact me for more details. Funding is available on a competitive basis.


Students supervised


Start date

Student name

Degree

Thesis title

Degree date

2021, January

Chelsea Klinke (USA)

PhD

TBA

 

2020, September

Nathaneal Cannon (Canada)

MA

TBA

 

2020, September

Erin Gallon (Canada)

MA

TBA

 

2019, September

Chelsea Klinke (USA)

MA

Resistance Dynamics of Camelid Pastoralists:

A Diversified Agro-Ecological Model in the Bolivian Andes

 Fast-track into PhD

2019, September

Gertrude Samar (Ghana)

MA

The implications of large-scale land acquisitions on agrarian societies: A case of oil palm development in Ghana

 

 

2018, September

Bright Adu Yeboah (Ghana)

MA

Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: An investigation of Ecotourism Visitors’ Experience at Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana

 

2020, September



 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Books

 

Akram-Lodhi, H., K. Dietz, B. Engels and B. M. McKay (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2021) The Edward Elgar Handbook in Critical Agrarian StudiesChelmsford: Edward Elgar.

 

McKay, B.M., A. Alonso-Fradejas, A. Ezquerro-Cañete (Eds.) (forthcoming 2020). Agrarian Extractivism in Latin America. Routledge: London and New York.

 

McKay, B.M. (2020) The Political Economy of Agrarian Extractivism: Lessons from Bolivia. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

 

McKay, B.M. (2018) Extractivismo agrario: Dinámicas de poder, acumulación y exclusión en Bolivia. La Paz: Fundación TIERRA.

 

McKay, B.M., R. Hall and J. Liu (Eds.) (2018) Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South. New York: Routledge.

 

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

 

McKay, B.M. and G. Colque. (2021) ‘Authoritarian populism and rural politics in Bolivia’, Latin American Perspectives, invited manuscript for the Special Issue on ‘Authoritarian Populism and the rural world: insights from Latin America and the Caribbean’, under review.

 

McKay, B.M. (2021) ‘De campesinos a agro-mineros: convergencias y contradicciones entre neo-extractivismo y soberanía alimentaria en Bolivia’, Cuestión Agraria, accepted and forthcoming.

 

Oliveira, G. de L.T., B.M. McKay, and J. Liu. (2020) ‘New Insights on Land Grabs in the BRICS and Global South’,Globalizations, accepted and forthcoming.

 

McKay, B.M., G. Oliveira, and J. Liu. (2020). Authoritarianism, Populism, Nationalism and Resistance in the Agrarian South’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, accepted and forthcoming.

 

McKay, B.M. (2020). ‘Food sovereignty and neo-extractivism limits and possibilities of an alternative development model’, Globalizationshttps://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1691798

 

McKay, B.M. (2019) ‘Land Access and Control: Rights, Reform and Restitution’, Policy in Focus, 16(1). Special Issue: Rural Poverty Reduction in the 21st Century. United Nations Development Programme, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth: Brasilia, Brazil. Available at <https://ipcig.org/pub/eng/PIF44_Rural_poverty_reduction_in_the_21st_century.pdf>

 

McKay, B.M. (2018) ‘The politics of convergence in Bolivia: social movements and the state’, Third World Quarterly, 39(7): 1247-1269. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2017.1399056

 

Goetz, A., T. Searchinger, T. Beringer, L. German, B. McKay, G. de L.T. Oliveira and C. Hunsberger. (2018) Reply to commentary on the special issue Scaling up biofuels? A critical look at expectations, performance and governance’, Energy Policy, 118, 658-665. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.03.046

 

McKay, B.M. (2018) ‘Colombia’s Agrarian Dynamics: Rights, Reform and Restitution’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du développement, 39(2):163-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2017.1364621

 

McKay, B.M. (2018) ‘The politics of agrarian change in Bolivia’s soy complex’, Journal of Agrarian Change, 18(2):406-424. https://doi.org/10.1111/joac.12240

 

McKay, B.M. (2018). ‘Control grabbing and value-chain agriculture: BRICS, MICs and Bolivia’s soy complex’, Globalizations, 15(1):74-91. https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2017.1374563

 

McKay, B.M. (2017) ‘Agrarian extractivism in Bolivia’, World Development, 91, 199-211. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.04.007 

 

Oliveira, G. de L.T., B. McKay, and C. Plank. (2017) ‘How biofuels policies backfire: Misguided goals, inefficient mechanisms, and political-ecological blind spots’, Energy Policy, 108, 765-775. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2017.03.036 

 

McKay, B.M., R. Hall and J. Liu (2016). ‘Introduction: The rise of BRICS and its implications for global agrarian transformation’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 1(5):581-591.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1362323

 

McKay, B.M., A. Alonso-Fradejas, Z. Brent, S. Sauer, Y. Xu. (2016). ‘China in Latin America: towards a new ‘consensus’ of resource control?’, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 1(5):592-611.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23802014.2016.1344564

 

McKay, B. and G. Colque. (2016). ‘Bolivia’s Soy Complex: The Development of ‘Productive Exclusion’’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 43(2):583-610. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2015.1053875

 

McKay, B., S. Sauer, B. Richardson and R. Herre. (2016). ‘The political economy of sugarcane flexing: Initial insights from Brazil, Southern Africa and Cambodia’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 43(1):195-223.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2014.992016

 

McKay, B. and R. Nehring (2015) Situación de la soberanía alimentaria en América Latina: proyectos políticos y vías alternativas en Venezuela, Ecuador y Bolivia, Cuestión Agraria, Vol. 2: 7-38.

 

McKay, B., R. Nehring, R. and M. Walsh-Dilley (2014). ‘The 'state' of food sovereignty in Latin America: political projects and alternative pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 41(6):1175-1200.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03066150.2014.964217

 

 

Book Reviews

 

McKay, B.M. (2018) ‘Against colonization and rural dispossession: local resistance in South and East Asia, the Pacific and Africa, edited by Dip Kapoor’, Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du développement, 39(4): 597-599. https://doi.org/10.1080/02255189.2018.1500884

 

 

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters

 

McKay, B.M. (forthcoming, 2021) ‘Land policies for inclusive growth and poverty eradication’ in Arjan de Haan, A. (eds.) The Edward Elgar Handbook on Inclusive Growth and Development. Chelmsford: Edward Elgar.

 

Akram-Lodhi, H.A., K. Dietz, B. Engels and B.M. McKay (2020). ‘Introduction to the Handbook’ in Haroon Akram Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels and Ben M. McKay (eds) The Edward Elgar Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies. Chelmsford: Edward Elgar. (accepted and forthcoming).

 

Oliveira, G. and B.M. McKay (2020). ‘The rise of BRICS and MICs: global agrarian transformations’, in Haroon Akram Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels and Ben M. McKay (eds) The Edward Elgar Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies. Chelmsford: Edward Elgar. (accepted and forthcoming).

 

McKay, B.M and H. Veltmeyer. (2020). ‘Agro-industry and agro-extractivism’ in Haroon Akram Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels and Ben M. McKay (eds) The Edward Elgar Handbook of Critical Agrarian Studies. Chelmsford: Edward Elgar. (accepted and forthcoming).

 

McKay, B.M., R. Hall and J. Liu (2018). ‘The rise of BRICS and its implications for global agrarian transformation’ in McKay, B.M, R. Hall and J. Liu (Eds.) Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South (Ch.1). New York: Routledge.

 

McKay, B.M., A. Alonso-Fradejas, Z.W. Brent, S. Sauer and Y. Xu. (2018) ‘China and Latin America: towards a new consensus of resource control?’, in McKay, B.M, R. Hall and J. Liu (Eds.) Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South (Ch.2). New York: Routledge.

 

McKay, B. and C. Colque. (2018) Bolivia’s soy complex: the development of ‘productive exclusion’’, in Oliveira, G. de L.T. and S.B Hecht (eds.) Soy, Globalization, and Environmental Politics in South America (Ch.14). New York: Routledge.

 

McKay, B., R. Nehring, and M. Walsh-Dilley. (2015) The ‘state’ of food sovereignty in Latin America: political projects and alternative pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia’, in Edelman, M., T. Weis, A. Baviskar, S.M. Borras Jr., E. Holt-Gimenez, D. Kandiyoti and W. Wolford (Eds.) Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty: Global Agrarian Transformations, Volume 2. New York: Routledge.

 

McKay, B., Alonso Fradejas, A., Wang, C. & Borras, S.M. (2014). Contested Land Politics and Trajectories of Agrarian Change within an Emergent World Agro-commodity Regime: Insights from the BRICS and the Periphery. In W.D. Schanbacher (Ed.), The Global Food System: Issues and Solutions (pp. 211-242). Santa Barbara, California: Praeger.

 

 

Reports, Working Papers and Policy Briefs

 

 

McKay, B.M. (2018). ‘From campesinos to agromineros: exploring the convergences and contradictions between neo-extractivism and food sovereignty in Bolivia’, BICAS Working Paper. Brasilia, Brazil: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) and UnB.

 

McKay, B. (2017) ‘Redistributive Land Policies for Inclusive Growth and Poverty Eradication’, Paper prepared for the Division of Social Policy and Development (DSPS), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs UNDESA. https://www.un.org/development/desa/dspd/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/04/Benedict-Mckay-Redistributive-Land-Policies-UN.pdf

 

McKay, B., F.V. Rodríguez Muñoz, and D. Fajardo. (2016). ‘The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security in Colombia: Towards democratic land-based resource control’, Commissioned Report for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO: Rome. Available in Spanish.

 

McKay, B. (2015) ‘BRICS and MICs in Bolivia’s ‘value’-chain agriculture’, Working Paper 6: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS).

 

McKay, B., Sauer, S., Richardson, B. & Herre, R. (2014). The politics of sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond, Think Piece Series on Flex Crops & Commodities, no 4. Amsterdam: Transnational Institute.

 

McKay, B. and R. Nehring (2014) ‘Sustainable Agriculture: An assessment of Brazil’s family farm programmes in scaling up agroecological food production’, Working Paper #123, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme, Brasilia, Brazil. Available in Spanish.

 

McKay, B. and R. Nehring (2013) ‘The 'State' of Food Sovereignty in Latin America: Political Projects and Alternative Pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia’, Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue, Yale University International Conference: New Haven, Connecticut.

 

Nehring, R. and B. McKay (2013) ‘Scaling up Local Development Initiatives: Brazil’s Food Acquisition Programme’, Working Paper #106, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme, Brasilia, Brazil. Available in Spanish and Portuguese.

 

McKay, B. (2012) ‘A Socially Inclusive Pathway to Food Security: The Agroecological Alternative’, Policy Research Brief #23,International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme, Brasilia, Brazil.

 

Lal, R., R. Nehring and B. McKay (2012) “Public Policies for Inclusive and Sustainable Agriculture: an Emerging Agenda for South-South Cooperation?’ in IPC-IG Poverty in Focus #24. International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme, Brasilia, Brazil.

 

 

Other

 

McKay, B. and R. Nehring (2012) ‘Rio+20: Prospects for The Future We Want”, Revista Humana, Edition No. 85, August, United Nations Development Programme. Available from <http://www.revistahumanum.org/boletin/n85.pdf>

 

McKay, B. (2012) Agrarian Reform Under Chavez: Assessing the Impacts of Venezuela's State-led Agrarian Reform Programme on Rural Livelihoods. MA Dissertation. Halifax, NS: Saint Mary's University.

 

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

 

Guest Editor, Globalizations (with Gustavo Oliveira and. Juan Liu)

Special Issue: New Insights on Land Grabs in the BRICS and Global South, forthcoming 2020.

 

Guest Editor, Canadian Journal of Development Studies (with Gustavo Oliveira and. Juan Liu)

Special Issue: ‘Nationalism, Resistance, and Agrarian Change in a Multipolar World’, forthcoming 2020.

 

Guest Editor, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal (with Ruth Hall and Juan Liu)                                                           

Special Issue: ‘The rise of BRICS and its Implications for Global Agrarian Transformations’, Volume 1, Issue 5, 2016.

 

Editorial Committee (with Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ben Cousins, Juan Liu and Gustavo Oliveira).

BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) Working Paper Series


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