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Professor Hugh Campbell

campbellMA(Otago) PhD(C Sturt)

Chair in Sociology

Contact details

Room 6C13, Richardson Building
Tel +64 3 479 8749
Email hugh.campbell@otago.ac.nz

Hugh Campbell has held a Chair in Sociology since 2011. Prior to that he was Director of the Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE) from 2000–2010 (www.csafe.org.nz).

Hugh has been the leader or co-leader of four major projects:
1)  Greening Food, which studied the political economy of new commercial alternatives in agri-food systems (like organic agriculture).
2)  The 12-year ARGOS project which studied sustainability dynamics on 100+ New Zealand farms and orchards.
3)  New Rural Economies, working with researchers in Europe, Canada and Australasia to theorise alternatives to neoliberal policy models for rural development.
4)  Biological Economies, which engaged in a radical re-theorising of rural economies using post-structural and more-than-human approaches to the relationship between biology and economy in land-based industries in New Zealand.

Professor Campbell is also a member of Food Waste Innovation, a University of Otago Research Theme which measures food waste, develops reduction strategies, applies innovative technology, and works to modify producer and consumer behaviour.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

SOCI 202: Big Ideas in Sociology
SOCI 319: The Global Politics of Food

I teach sections of:

AGRI 101: Agricultural Innovation
SOCI 101: Sociology of New Zealand Society
SOCI 103: Crime, Deviance and Social Transformation
SOCI 208: Environmental Sociology

Postgraduate supervision

  • Sociology of agriculture and food
  • Environmental dynamics in food and agriculture
  • Social dimensions of sustainability
  • Food and agricultural governance and neoliberalisation

Current and recent students

Katharine Cresswell Riol (PhD in Centre for Sustainability)

Right to food, and hunger in New Zealand

Rudi Kresna (PhD in Centre for Sustainability)

Developing economic, social and environmental responsive policies for sustainability of dairy farming in Indonesia

Karly Burch (PhD in Sociology)

Fighting for food safety in post Fukushima Japan

Cinzia Piatti (PhD in Geography)

Enacting the alter-native:
 A theoretical reframing of local food initiatives in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Angga Dwiartama (PhD in Geograpy)

Investigating the resilience of agriculture and food systems: insights from two theories and two case studies

David McKay (PhD in Geography)

Education for Survival and Sustainability

Stephanie Rotarangi (PhD in Geography)

Planted Forests on Ancestral Land: The Experiences and Resilience of Maori Land Owners

David Reynolds (MA in Sociology)

The Depoliticisation of Deprivation: Food Insecurity in Aotearoa New Zealand

Madeline Hall (MA in Environmental Sociology)

From ‘Producers’ to ‘Polluters: Farmers’ experience in the Lake Taupō Water Quality Trading Programme

Ali Stoddart (MA in Environmental Sociology)

A Matter of Waste: Making experiences and perceptions of food waste visible

Elizabeth Simmons (MA in Environmental Sociology)

The philosophy and pragmatics of sustainable agriculture

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Publications

Campbell, H. (2020). Farming inside invisible worlds: Modernist agriculture and its consequences. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 232p. doi: 10.5040/9781350120570

Le Heron, R., Campbell, H., Lewis, N., & Carolan, M. (Eds.). (2016). Biological economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 274p.

Campbell, H., Evans, D., & Murcott, A. (2017). Measurability, austerity and edibility: Introducing waste into food regime theory. Journal of Rural Studies, 51, 168-177. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.017

Campbell, H., & Rosin, C. (2011). After the 'Organic Industrial Complex': An ontological expedition through commercial organic agriculture in New Zealand. Journal of Rural Studies, 27(4), 350-361. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.04.003

Campbell, H. (2009). Breaking new ground in food regime theory: Corporate environmentalism, ecological feedbacks and the 'food from somewhere' regime? Agriculture & Human Values, 26(4), 309-319. doi: 10.1007/s10460-009-9215-8

Campbell, H. (2020). Farming inside invisible worlds: Modernist agriculture and its consequences. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 232p. doi: 10.5040/9781350120570

Authored Book - Research

Le Heron, R., Campbell, H., Lewis, N., & Carolan, M. (Eds.). (2016). Biological economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 274p.

Edited Book - Research

Campbell, H., Evans, D., & Murcott, A. (2017). Measurability, austerity and edibility: Introducing waste into food regime theory. Journal of Rural Studies, 51, 168-177. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.01.017

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H., & Rosin, C. (2011). After the 'Organic Industrial Complex': An ontological expedition through commercial organic agriculture in New Zealand. Journal of Rural Studies, 27(4), 350-361. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.04.003

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. (2009). Breaking new ground in food regime theory: Corporate environmentalism, ecological feedbacks and the 'food from somewhere' regime? Agriculture & Human Values, 26(4), 309-319. doi: 10.1007/s10460-009-9215-8

Journal - Research Article

Rosin, C., & Campbell, H. (2009). Beyond bifurcation: Examining the conventions of organic agriculture in New Zealand. Journal of Rural Studies, 25(1), 35-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2008.05.002

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. R., & Liepins, R. (2001). Naming organics: Understanding organic standards in New Zealand as a discursive field. Sociologia Ruralis, 41(1), 21-39.

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. R. (2000). The glass phallus: Pub(lic) masculinity and drinking in rural New Zealand. Rural Sociology, 65(4), 562-581.

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. R., & Bell, M. (2000). The question of rural masculinities. Rural Sociology, 65(4), 532-546.

Journal - Research Article

Hale, J., Legun, K., Campbell, H., & Carolan, M. (2019). Social sustainability indicators as performance. Geoforum, 103, 47-55. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.008

Journal - Research Article

Forney, J., Rosin, C., & Campbell, H. (Eds.). (2018). Agri-environmental governance as an assemblage: Multiplicity, power, and transformation. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 236p.

Edited Book - Research

Sautier, M., Legun, K. A., Rosin, C., & Campbell, H. (2018). Sustainability: A tool for governing wine production in New Zealand? Journal of Cleaner Production, 179, 347-356. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.12.194

Journal - Research Article

Rosin, C. J., Legun, K. A., Campbell, H., & Sautier, M. (2017). From compliance to co-production: Emergent forms of agency in sustainable wine production in New Zealand. Environment & Planning A, 49(12), 2780-2799. doi: 10.1177/0308518X17733747

Journal - Research Article

Rosin, C., Campbell, H., & Reid, J. (2017). Metrology and sustainability: Using sustainability audits in New Zealand to elaborate the complex politics of measuring. Journal of Rural Studies, 52, 90-99. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.02.014

Journal - Research Article

Lewis, N., Le Heron, R., & Campbell, H. (2017). The mouse that died: Stabilizing economic practices in free trade space. In V. Higgins & W. Larner (Eds.), Assembling neoliberalism: Expertise, practices, subjects. (pp. 151-170). New York, NY: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-58204-1_8

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H. (2016). In the long run, will we be fed? Agriculture & Human Values, 33(1), 215-223. doi: 10.1007/s10460-015-9639-2

Journal - Research Article

Lewis, N., Le Heron, R., Carolan, M., Campbell, H., & Marsden, T. (2016). Assembling generative approaches in agri-food research. In R. Le Heron, H. Campbell, N. Lewis & M. Carolan (Eds.), Biological economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers. (pp. 1-19). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Stock, P. V., Phillips, C., Campbell, H., & Murcott, A. (2016). Eating the unthinkable: The case of ENTO, eating insects and bioeconomic experimentation. In R. Le Heron, H. Campbell, N. Lewis & M. Carolan (Eds.), Biological economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers. (pp. 157-169). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., Le Heron, R., Lewis, N., & Carolan, M. (2016). Conclusion: Biological economies as an academic and political project. In R. Le Heron, H. Campbell, N. Lewis & M. Carolan (Eds.), Biological economies: Experimentation and the politics of agri-food frontiers. (pp. 256-270). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H. (2015). Spurlock's vomit and visible food utopias: Enacting a positive politics of food. In P. V. Stock, M. Carolan & C. Rosin (Eds.), Food utopias: Reimagining citizenship, ethics and community. (pp. 195-215). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Lawrence, G., & Campbell, H. (2014). Neoliberalism in the antipodes: Understanding the influence and limits of the neoliberal political project. In S. A. Wolf & A. Bonanno (Eds.), The neoliberal regime in the agri-food sector: Crisis, resilience, and restructuring. (pp. 263-283). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Evans, D., Campbell, H., & Murcott, A. (Eds.). (2013). Waste matters: New perspectives on food and society. Malden, MA: Wiley, 250p.

Edited Book - Research

Lewis, N., Le Heron, R., Campbell, H., Henry, M., Le Heron, E., Pawson, E., … Rosin, C. (2013). Assembling biological economies: Region-shaping initiatives in making and retaining value. New Zealand Geographer, 69(3), 180-196. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12031

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. (2013). Food and the audit society. In A. Murcott, W. Belasco & P. Jackson (Eds.), Handbook of food research. (pp. 177-191). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Chapter in Book - Research

Evans, D., Campbell, H., & Murcott, A. (2013). A brief pre-history of food waste and the social sciences. In D. Evans, H. Campbell & A. Murcott (Eds.), Waste matters: New perspectives on food and society. (pp. 5-26). Malden, MA: Wiley.

Chapter in Book - Research

Rosin, C., Campbell, H., & Stock, P. (Eds.). (2012). Food systems failure: The global food crisis and the future of agriculture. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 242p.

Edited Book - Research

Almås, R., & Campbell, H. (Eds.). (2012). Rethinking agricultural policy regimes: Food security, climate change and the future resilience of global agriculture. Bingley, UK: Emerald, 250p.

Edited Book - Research

Campbell, H., Rosin, C., Hunt, L., & Fairweather, J. (2012). The social practice of sustainable agriculture under audit discipline: Initial insights from the ARGOS project in New Zealand. Journal of Rural Studies, 28(1), 129-141. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2011.08.003

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. (2012). Let us eat cake? Historically reframing the problem of world hunger and its purported solutions. In C. Rosin, P. Stock & H. Campbell (Eds.), Food systems failure: The global food crisis and the future of agriculture. (pp. 30-45). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Muirhead, B., & Campbell, H. (2012). The worlds of dairy: Comparing dairy frameworks in Canada and New Zealand in light of future shocks to food systems. In R. Almås & H. Campbell (Eds.), Rethinking agricultural policy regimes: Food security, climate change and the future resilience of global agriculture. (pp. 147-168). Bingley, UK: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S1057-1922(2012)0000018009

Chapter in Book - Research

Rosin, C., & Campbell, H. (2012). The complex outcomes of neoliberalization in New Zealand: Productivism, audit and the challenge of future energy and climate shocks. In R. Almås & H. Campbell (Eds.), Rethinking agricultural policy regimes: Food security, climate change and the future resilience of global agriculture. (pp. 191-210). Bingley, UK: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S1057-1922(2012)0000018011

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., Murcott, A., & MacKenzie, A. (2011). Kosher in New York City, halal in Aquitaine: Challenging the relationship between neoliberalism and food auditing. Agriculture & Human Values, 28(1), 67-79. doi: 10.1007/s10460-010-9260-3

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. (2011). Neoliberalism, science institutions and new experiments in knowledge production. Dialogues in Human Geography, 1(3), 350-354. doi: 10.1177/2043820611421556

Journal - Research Other

Pretty, J., Sutherland, W. J., Ashby, J., Auburn, J., Baulcombe, D., Bell, M., … Campbell, H., … Pilgrim, S. (2010). The top 100 questions of importance to the future of global agriculture. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 8(4), 219-236. doi: 10.3763/ijas.2010.0534

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H., Rosin, C., Norton, S., Carey, P., Benge, J., & Moller, H. (2010). Examining the mythologies of organics: Moving beyond the organic/conventional binary? In G. Lawrence, K. Lyons & T. Wallington (Eds.), Food security, nutrition and sustainability. (pp. 238-251). London: Earthscan.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., & Dixon, J. (2009). Introduction to the special symposium: Reflecting on twenty years of the food regimes approach in agri-food studies. Agriculture & Human Values, 26(4), 261-265. doi: 10.1007/s10460-009-9224-7

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H., Burton, R., Cooper, M., Henry, M., Le Heron, E., Le Heron, R., … Rosin, C., & White, T. (2009). From agricultural science to "biological economies"? New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research, 52(1), 91-97. doi: 10.1080/00288230909510492

Journal - Research Other

Haggerty, J., Campbell, H., & Morris, C. (2009). Keeping the stress off the sheep? Agricultural intensification, neoliberalism, and 'good' farming in New Zealand. Geoforum, 40(5), 767-777. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2008.12.003

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. (2009). A sociology of agriculture for crunch times: Sustainability, dialogue, and the disciplinary politics of knowledge production in New Zealand farming. New Zealand Sociology, 24(2), 12-38.

Journal - Research Article

Fairweather, J. R., Rosin, C. J., Hunt, L. M., & Campbell, H. R. (2009). Are conventional farmers conventional? Analysis of the environmental orientations of conventional New Zealand farmers. Rural Sociology, 74(3), 430-454.

Journal - Research Article

Rosin, C., Campbell, H., & Hunt, L. (2008). Audit me this! Kiwifruit producer uptake of the EurepGAP audit system in New Zealand. In C. Stringer & R. Le Heron (Eds.), Agri-food commodity chains and globalising networks. (pp. 61-74). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., & Le Heron, R. (2007). Supermarkets, producers and audit technologies: The constitutive micro-politics of food, legitimacy and governance. In D. Burch & G. Lawrence (Eds.), Supermarkets and agri-food supply chains: Transformations in the production and consumption of foods. (pp. 131-153). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., Bell, M. M., & Finney, M. (Eds.). (2006). Country boys: Masculinity and rural life. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 322p.

Edited Book - Research

Campbell, H., McLeod, C., & Rosin, C. (2006). Auditing sustainability: The impact of EurepGAP in New Zealand. In G. Holt & M. Reed (Eds.), Sociological perspectives of organic agriculture: From pioneer to policy. (pp. 157-173). Wallingford, UK: CABI. doi: 10.1079/9781845930387.0157

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., Bell, M. M., & Finney, M. (2006). Masculinity and rural life: An introduction. In H. Campbell, M. M. Bell & M. Finney (Eds.), Country boys: Masculinity and rural life. (pp. 1-22). The Pennsylvannia State University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H., Lawrence, G., & Smith, K. (2006). Audit cultures and the Antipodes: The implications of EurepGAP for New Zealand and Australian agri-food industries. In T. Marsden & J. Murdoch (Eds.), Between the local and the global: confronting complexity in the contemporary agri-food sector (Research in rural sociology and development: Vol. 12). (pp. 69-93). Amsterdam: Elsevier JAI. doi: 10.1016/s1057-1922(06)12004-1

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H. (2006). Real men, real locals, and real workers: Realizing masculinity in small-town New Zealand. In H. Campbell, M. M. Bell & M. Finney (Eds.), Country boys: Masculinity and rural life. (pp. 87-104). The Pennsylvannia State University Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Campbell, H. (2006). Consultation, commerce and contemporary agri-food systems: Ethical engagement of new systems of governance under reflexive modernity. Integrated Assessment Journal, 6(2), 117-136.

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. R. (2005). The rise and rise of EurepGAP: European (re)invention of colonial food relations? International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture & Food, 13(2), 6-19.

Journal - Research Article

Campbell, H. R., & Stuart, A. (2005). Disciplining the organic commodity. In V. Higgins & G. Lawrence (Eds.), Agricultural governance: Globalization and the new politics of regulation. (pp. 84-97). London: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

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