Josh sitting near a pond on Kenya-Uganda border

Welcome – Bienvenue

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies.

  • RESEARCH: I work on the social dimensions of environmental problems, such as local perceptions of climate change, food (in)security, local ecological knowledge of soils, and how cellphones are reshaping rural development.
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  • GRADUATE SUPERVISION: (click the student menu to explore current and past student projects )
  • TEACHING (graduate and undergraduate): Food security, Livelihoods & sustainability, Research Methods, Development issues in Africa, Field Research in Kenya

I have over 20 years of experience living and working in Africa (particularly Kenya and Mali), but have worked on global agricultural projects that included Latin America and Asia.

I have also worked with the Nairobi-headquartered Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (TSBF) of the Centro Internacional d’Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), and the Land Tenure Centre (LTC) of the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

Download my full academic CV (Sept. 2016 version)


Oct. 2015 Agriculture & Human Values paper about cellphones, rural-urban migration, and agrarian change in western Kenya (read more here)
Aug. 2014 Geoforum paper about farmers and scientists learning from each other (read more here).
Jan. 2014 Book chapter: “We won’t farm like our fathers”: Cellphones, multilocational livelihoods, and the challenge of rural development in Kenya (Routledge, 2014). (read more here)

Beyond the Biophysical

Buy / Download my 2010 book: Beyond the Biophysical: Knowledge, Culture, and Politics in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management from the Springer site.

Knowledge – Food – Development