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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. (2017). A high road to sustainability? Wildflower harvesting, ethical trade and social upgrading in South Africa's Western Cape. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(3), 459-479. doi: 10.1111/joac.12149

Binns, T., & Bateman, J. (2017). Rural livelihoods and food security: Long-term insights from Sierra Leone's Eastern Province. Geographical Research, 55(2), 156-165. doi: 10.1111/1745-5871.12204

Lynch, S., & Binns, T. (2017). Distinguished Service Award: Suzanne Baldwin. New Zealand Geographer, 73(1), 59-60. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12150_4

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? Harlow, England: Pearson Education, 374p.

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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.

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.

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., 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., & 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). 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. (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

Binns, T., & Bateman, J. (2017). Rural livelihoods and food security: Long-term insights from Sierra Leone's Eastern Province. Geographical Research, 55(2), 156-165. doi: 10.1111/1745-5871.12204

Bek, D., Binns, T., Blokker, T., McEwan, C., & Hughes, A. (2017). A high road to sustainability? Wildflower harvesting, ethical trade and social upgrading in South Africa's Western Cape. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(3), 459-479. doi: 10.1111/joac.12149

Cadzow, H., & Binns, T. (2016). Are groups a good thing? Evaluating group associations among vegetable farmers in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Development in Practice, 26(4), 406-419. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2016.1159662

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

Smart, J., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2015). Economic crisis and food security in Africa: Exploring the significance of urban agriculture in Zambia’s Copperbelt province. Geoforum, 65, 37-45. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2015.07.009

Blokker, T., Bek, D., & Binns, T. (2015). Wildflower harvesting on the Agulhas Plain, South Africa: Challenges in a fragmented industry. South African Journal of Science, 111(11-12), 2014-0160. doi: 10.17159/sajs.2015/20140160

McLachlan, S., & Binns, T. (2014). Tourism, development and corporate social responsibility in Livingstone, Zambia. Local Economy, 29(1-2), 98-112. doi: 10.1177/0269094214520624

Nel, E., Binns, T., & Gibb, M. (2014). Community development at the coal face: Networks and sustainability among artisanal mining communities in Indwe, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Geographical Journal, 180(2), 175-184. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12022

Bateman, J., & Binns, T. (2014). More than just a game?: Grass roots cricket and development in Mumbai, India. Progress in Development Studies, 14(2), 147-161. doi: 10.1177/1464993413517788

Thornton, A., Binns, T., & Kerslake, M. T. (2013). Hard times in Apia? Urban landlessness and the church in Samoa. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 34(3), 357-372. doi: 10.1111/sjtg.12040

Bangura, K. S., Lynch, K., & Binns, J. A. (2013). Coping with the impacts of weather changes in rural Sierra Leone. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 20(1), 20-31. doi: 10.1080/13504509.2012.740511

Bek, D., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2013). Wild flower harvesting on South Africa's Agulhas Plain: A mechanism for achieving sustainable local economic development? Sustainable Development, 21(5), 281-293. doi: 10.1002/sd.499

Vista, B. M., Nel, E., & Binns, T. (2012). Land, landlords and sustainable livelihoods: The impact of agrarian reform on a coconut hacienda in the Philippines. Land Use Policy, 29(1), 154-164. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.06.002

McKibbin, J., Binns, T., & Nel, E. (2012). Uplifting small towns in post-apartheid South Africa: The experience of the Amathole Regional Economic Development Agency (Aspire). Local Economy, 27(4), 388-402. doi: 10.1177/0269094212441156

Lynch, K., Maconachie, R., Binns, T., Tengbe, P., & Bangura, K. (2012). Meeting the urban challenge? Urban agriculture and food security in post-conflict Freetown, Sierra Leone. Applied Geography, 36, 31-39. doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2012.06.007

Shen, S., & Binns, T. (2012). Pathways, motivations and challenges: Contemporary Tuvaluan migration to New Zealand. GeoJournal, 77(1), 63-82. doi: 10.1007/s10708-010-9386-2

Daskon, C., & Binns, T. (2012). Practising Buddhism in a development context: Sri Lanka's Sarvódaya movement. Development in Practice, 22(5-6), 867-874. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2012.686601

Simatele, D., Binns, T., & Simatele, M. (2012). Urban livelihoods under a changing climate*: Perspectives on urban agriculture and planning in Lusaka, Zambia. Journal of Human Development & Capabilities, 13(2), 269-293. doi: 10.1080/19452829.2011.645029

Maconachie, R., Binns, T., & Tengbe, P. (2012). Urban farming associations, youth and food security in post-war Freetown, Sierra Leone. Cities, 29(3), 192-200. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2011.09.001

Simatele, D., Binns, T., & Simatele, M. (2012). Sustaining livelihoods under a changing climate: The case of urban agriculture in Lusaka, Zambia. Journal of Environmental Planning & Management, 55(9), 1175-1191. doi: 10.1080/09640568.2011.637688

Iyiani, C., Binns, T., & Shannon, P. (2011). Talking past each other: Towards HIV/AIDS prevention in Nigeria. International Social Work, 54(2), 258-271. doi: 10.1177/0020872810369338

McMillan, S. G., & Binns, T. (2011). Environmental education and learning communities: The case of Kaikorai Stream, Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 67(3), 199-212. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2011.01212.x

Iyiani, C., Binns, T., & Shannon, P. (2011). HIV/AIDS prevention: Building on community strengths in Ajegunle, Lagos. Development in Practice, 21(8), 1080-1093. doi: 10.1080/09614524.2011.582082

Daskon, C., & Binns, T. (2010). Culture, tradition and sustainable rural livelihoods: Exploring the culture—development interface in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Community Development Journal, 45(4), 494-517. doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsp019

Thornton, A., Kerslake, M. T., & Binns, T. (2010). Alienation and obligation: Religion and social change in Samoa. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 51(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2010.01410.x

Lee, B., Binns, T., & Dixon, A. B. (2010). The dynamics of urban agriculture in Hanoi,Vietnam. Field Actions Science Reports, (Special Issue 1). Retrieved from http://factsreports.revues.org/464

Binns, T. (2009). Making development work in Africa (part 1): Uplifting livelihoods. Geography, 94(1), 28-37.

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