Agriculture and Development


Food and Agri/aquaculture is one of the key components of the Sociology of Development. This sub-section of the Sociology of Development of ASA seeks to unite scholars working in the areas of food, agriculture and aquaculture.

Recent years have witnessed growing interest in the study of the global agro-food system. The global agro-food system is becoming increasingly complex, multifaceted, and all-encompassing; and scholars, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and policy-makers are turning their attention toward analyzing various trajectories of development and understanding the possible implications. This sub-section seeks to bring together diverse trajectories of research related to food, agriculture and aquaculture. The following is a list of indicative, but not exhaustive, topic areas:

  • Food regimes
  • Food and culture
  • Political economy of food and agri/aquaculture
  • Food and environment, food miles
  • Food safety, food security and food justice
  • Food movements
  • Agri/aquacultural modernization
  • Green/Blue/Biotech revolutions
  • Neoliberal restructuring of the agro-food system
  • Privatizing environmental governance
  • Food certification regimes
  • Globalizing food
  • Gender and labor in food industries
  • Food to feed, and food to fuel
  • Agro-food commodity chains
  • Food aid regimes
  • Greening food and agri/aquaculture

The objective of the sub-section is to help develop the field by serving as a hub for resources and discussion. For resources, we will put together the names of relevant journals, books, and names of scholars working in the field. For discussion, we can have a list-serve and a periodic email digest with conference, funding, CFP and research

announcements. Submissions are always welcome.

To submit details or for more information, please contact the coordinator, Md Saidul Islam,


Relevant Journals

There are a number of journals dedicated to only Food and agri/aquaculture. Many other journals are multidisciplinary but publish articles related to food and agri/aquaculture. Relevant journals include:

  • American Journal of Sociology of Development (forthcoming??)
  • Food Policy
  • International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
  • Agriculture and Human Values
  • International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
  • Food Control
  • Rural Sociology
  • Sociologia Ruralis
  • Development and Change
  • Society and Natural Resources
  • Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • Journal of Sustainable Development
  • World Development
  • Journal of South Asian Development
  • American Journal of Agricultural Economics
  • Review of Agricultural Economics
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Ocean and Coastal Management
  • Human Organization
  • Journal of Development Studies
  • Review of International Political Economy
  • Journal of Peasant Studies
  • Journal of Agrarian Change
  • Journal of World-Systems Research
  • Journal of International Economics
  • IDS Bulletin
  • Journal of Consumer Policy
  • Journal of International Development
  • Economy and Society
  • Annual  Review of Environmental Resources
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Progress in Human Geography
  • Environment and Planning A
  • International Journal of Consumer Studies

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