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Tony Binns

Position:

Professor

Ron Lister Lister Professor of Geography

Qualifications:BA(Hons) DipEd(Shef) MA PhD(Birm)

Office Hours:

by email appointment

 

Teaching

ENVI111 Environment and Society
GEOG102 Human Geography
GEOG212 Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
GEOG376 Geographies of Action, Contestation and Change
GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Arts)
GEOG382 Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG475 Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries

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Research Interests

Tony's doctoral research in 1974 was on the relationships between rural development and diamond mining in Sierra Leone, since when he has travelled and researched extensively throughout Africa. His research is mainly concerned with resource development and poverty alleviation, with particular reference to the dynamics of indigenous farming, pastoral and fishing food production systems. His recent work has focused on community-based development initiatives in South Africa, post-war community reconstruction in Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka and urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and Vietnam.


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Current Research

Urban and peri-urban food production
The growing of food crops in urban and peri-urban areas of poor countries makes a valuable contribution to both food security and poverty alleviation. With initial funding from the Natural Resources Institute (UK), and in close collaboration with the Department of Geography at Bayero University, Kano (Nigeria), a detailed field survey was undertaken of urban and peri-urban agriculture in Kano city. A workshop was held in Kano in 1999, to bring together a number of other empirical studies on urban agriculture. Papers have been published subsequently with colleagues in both Kano and the University of Gloucestershire (UK). Doctoral student, Roy Maconachie, completed his thesis on the question of land degradation at the rural-urban interface in the Kano close-settled zone. Three other doctoral students have studied aspects of urban agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa; Samuel Boakye evaluated the significance of urban agriculture in Tema, Ghana, Danny Simatele worked on urban agriculture in Lusaka, Zambia, whilst Alec Thornton investigated urban agriculture as a poverty alleviation strategy in post-apartheid South Africa. In January 2005, Tony conducted field-based research on urban agriculture in Hanoi, Vietnam with Otago Masters in Planning student, Brody Lee, and Alan Dixon (Otago), and in 2007 undertook preliminary field-based research in Samoa with post-doctoral fellow Alec Thornton (Otago). Otago PhD student, Jessie Smart, has worked on urban agriculture in the Zambian Copperbelt towns of Kitwe and Ndola. In July 2004, Tony was invited to become a member of the Advisory Committee of AGROPOLIS, International Research Awards in Urban Agriculture, based at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. Since 2010, Tony has been involved with Etienne Nel (Otago) and collaborators at the Universities of Zambia and the Copperbelt, in a project funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) on, The significance of urban agriculture in food security and sustainable livelihoods in response to economic restructuring in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province. see more...

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Current Research Students (PhD)

  • Jerram Bateman: Community-based rural development in post-conflict Sierra Leone
  • Rakhee Chatbar: Information technology and development in southern Indian villages
  • Jessica Jones: Climate change and migration in the Caribbean
  • Anita Latai: Community-based adaptation to climate change in Samoa
  • Sam McLachlan: Volunteering in developing countries


Completed Doctoral Theses supervised by Tony

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Publications

Bateman, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2017). Flirting with food security: Resilience in the face of conflict, climate change and communicable disease in rural Sierra Leone. In E. T. H. Hope (Ed.), Climate change and food security: Africa and the Caribbean. (pp. 128-142). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, E., Smart, J., & Binns, T. (2017). Resilience to economic shocks: Reflections from Zambia's copperbelt. Growth & Change. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/grow.12181

Bek, D., Binns, T., Blokker, T., McEwan, C., & Hughes, A. (2016). A high road to sustainability? Wildflower harvesting, ethical trade and social upgrading in South Africa's Western Cape. Journal of Agrarian Change. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/joac.12149

Cadzow, H., & Binns, T. (2016). Empowering Freetown’s women farmers. Applied Geography, 74, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.06.010

Bowden, G., & Binns, T. (2016). Youth employment and post-war development in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka. Conflict, Security & Development, 16(3), 197-218. doi: 10.1080/14678802.2016.1179448

Authored Book - Research

Binns, T., Dixon, A., & Nel, E. (2012). Africa: Diversity and development. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 414p.

Potter, R. B., Binns, T., Elliott, J. A., & Smith, D. (2008). Geographies of development: An introduction to development studies (3rd ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education, 545p.

Binns, T., Dixon, A., & Spellman, G. (2007). Sustainable development. Deddington, UK: Philip Allan Updates, 221p.

Potter, R. B., Binns, T., Elliott, J. A., & Smith, D. (2004). Geographies of development: An introduction to development studies (2nd ed.). Harlow, UK: Pearson Education, 509p.

Lester, A., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2000). South Africa, past, present and future: Gold at the end of the rainbow?, 88. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

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Authored Book - Other

Bowden, R., & Binns, T. (2001). The changing face of South Africa, 88. Lewes, England: White-Thomson.

Binns, T., Clark, D., & Matthews, H. (2000). Regional development and change, 88. Deddington, England: Philip Allan Updates.

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Edited Book - Research

Fisher, C., & Binns, T. (Eds.). (2000). Issues in geography teaching, 88. London: RoutledgeFalmer.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Bateman, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2017). Flirting with food security: Resilience in the face of conflict, climate change and communicable disease in rural Sierra Leone. In E. T. H. Hope (Ed.), Climate change and food security: Africa and the Caribbean. (pp. 128-142). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Bek, D. (2013). Fair trade and alternative food networks in the internationalization of small-scale rural entrepreneurs in South Africa. In H. Etemad (Ed.), The process of internationalization in emerging SMEs and emerging economies. (pp. 234-259). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Bek, D., McEwan, C., & Binns, T. (2012). The South African wine industry: Meeting the challenges of structural and ethical transformation. In P. H. Dougherty (Ed.), The geography of wine: Regions, terroir and techniques. (pp. 137-157). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Nel, E., & Binns, J. A. (2008). Evolving economic marginality and local economic development responses in selected South African gold and coal mining areas. In M. M. Valenca, E. Nel & W. Leimgruber (Eds.), The global challenge and marginalization. (pp. 197-208). New York: Nova Science.

Binns, T. (2008). Dualistic and unilinear concepts of development. In V. Desai & R. B. Potter (Eds.), The companion to development studies. (2nd ed.) (pp. 81-85). London: Hodder Education.

Binns, T., Bek, D., Nel, E., & Ellison, B. (2007). Sidestepping the mainstream: Fairtrade Rooibos tea production in Wupperthal, South Africa. In D. Maye, L. Holloway & M. Kneafsey (Eds.), Alternative food geographies: Representation and practice. (pp. 331-350). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Binns, T. (2006). Doing fieldwork in developing countries: Planning and logistics. In V. Desai & R. B. Potter (Eds.), Doing development research. (pp. 13-24). London, UK: SAGE Publications.

Binns, T., & Maconachie, R. (2006). Re-evaluating people-environment relationships at the rural-urban interface: How sustainable is the peri-urban zone in Kano, Northern Nigeria? In D. McGregor, D. Simon & D. Thompson (Eds.), The peri-urban interface: Approaches to sustainable natural and human resource use. (pp. 211-228). London, UK: Earthscan.

Binns, T. (2006). E.F. (Fritz) Schumacher (1911-77). In D. Simon (Ed.), Fifty key thinkers on development. (pp. 218-223). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Binns, T., & Maconachie, R. A. (2005). Reconstructing rural livelihoods in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In K. Jackson, N. Lewis, S. Adams & M. Morten (Eds.), Development on the edge. (pp. 100-106). Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2005). Putting ¨developmental local government¨ into practice: The experience of South Africa's towns and cities. In E. Nel & C. M. Rogerson (Eds.), The experience of Southern Africa: Local economic development in the developing world. (pp. 37-56). New Brunswick, USA: Transaction.

Binns, T. (2002). Dualistic and unilinear concepts of development. In V. Desai & R. B. Potter (Eds.), The companion to development studies. (pp. 75-79). London: Arnold.

Binns, T. (2000). Learning about development: An 'entitlement' for all. In C. Fisher & T. Binns (Eds.), Issues in geography teaching. (pp. 190-204). London: RoutledgeFalmer.

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Journal - Research Article

Nel, E., Smart, J., & Binns, T. (2017). Resilience to economic shocks: Reflections from Zambia's copperbelt. Growth & Change. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/grow.12181

Bek, D., Binns, T., Blokker, T., McEwan, C., & Hughes, A. (2016). A high road to sustainability? Wildflower harvesting, ethical trade and social upgrading in South Africa's Western Cape. Journal of Agrarian Change. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/joac.12149

Bowden, G., & Binns, T. (2016). Youth employment and post-war development in Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka. Conflict, Security & Development, 16(3), 197-218. doi: 10.1080/14678802.2016.1179448

Cadzow, H., & Binns, T. (2016). Empowering Freetown’s women farmers. Applied Geography, 74, 1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2016.06.010

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