Researcher

My current project focuses on the politics of commodities in Cameroon, and my past projects have focused on the politics of cotton and food in African contexts

Rubber Plantation in Cameroon

Commodity Politics: Contesting Responsibility in Cameroon

SSHRC Insight Grant (IG) 2015-2019

This project assesses political contests over the meaning of ‘responsibility’ in Cameroon, and exposes conflicts over the actions necessary to advance ‘responsibility’ in that country’s gold, palm, sugar, oil and cocoa sectors. An edited manuscript for this project on the politics of commodities is currently under review. Beyond the main manuscript, I have contributed to several co-authored chapters on natural resources in Africa that are at various stages of review. I am also a co-author on an article on extractives and conservation in other African contexts, and on a handbook chapter on commodities.

Check out the website for this ongoing project

Cameroon foods

Politics of Food in Central Africa

CIGI Africa Initiative Research Grant

This project produced manuscripts that were published in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Sustainability, the Canadian Journal of African Studies, and ASPJ – Africa and Francophonie. A policy brief was also produced in collaboration with several NGOs. Analyses linked to this work were also published on the now defunct Think Africa Press website, and those contributions are now archived on All Africa. Some of this work also informed a textbook chapter that I wrote on Africa’s political economies.

Check out my most recent opinion piece on this topic

post for Adam Sneyd talk at the University of Bremen 2018

Politics of Cotton in Africa

Guelph Faculty Start-Up Funds & SSHRC Doctoral CGS

Building on my doctoral research project, this work focused on the global politics of African cotton. Articles were published in Development and Change, Third World Quarterly and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. The second article was revised and republished as a chapter in a book. Analyses linked to this research were published in This is Africa and African Arguments, This research gained global recognition in 2015 when the WTO Director-General invited me to moderate a panel on Africa’s cotton problems composed of trade ministers and heads of international organizations. I have continued to be invited to speak about African cotton at events around the world.

Copies of all of my research outputs – including chapters, articles, op-eds, policy briefs, reports, book reviews, glossary contributions and more – can be downloaded from my Academia site.

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