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Saturnino ('Jun') M. Borras Jr. is Professor of Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, and an Editor of
Journal of Peasant Studies. He is a recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant for his ongoing research project, " Commodity & land rushes: reshaping five spheres of global social life - food, climate change politics, labour/migration, state/citizenship, and geopolitics" in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is also Distinguished Chair Professor at China Agricultural University, Beijing, and an associate at the Netherlands-based Transnational Institute (TNI).
He has several publications: books, journal special issues, and articles. His Open Access books include
(with Marc Edelman) and Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements (co-edited). He is currently co-editing (with Jennifer Franco) Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World The Oxford Handbook of Land Politics.
His research interests include: land politics/land rush, (trans)national agrarian movements (TAMs); migrant farmworkers, climate change politics; food politics/food sovereignty; BRICS and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and global agrarian transformations. His geographic areas of research interest are: Southeast Asia, China, Africa, and South America. He also studies international institutional 'spaces' of state- society interactions, including the role of global governance institutions.
He works within the tradition of, and at the same time studies and writes about,
scholar-activism. This has been influenced by his background: He has been deeply involved in rural social movements since the early 1980s in the Philippines, and later, internationally. He was a founding member of the international peasant and farmer's movement La Via Campesina (LVC), and was a member of LVC's International Coordinating Committee (ICC) in 1993-1996. He has engaged, selectively, with international inter-governmental institutions on specific issues.
He is in the
Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers List: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022. He has received the Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development (2020), and is a winner of the National Book Award 2009 (Philippines). He is a co-editor of the ICAS small book series in critical agrarian studies, all of the available titles in it are now Open Access. He collaborates with the Collective of Agrarian Scholar-Scholar-Activists in the South ( CASAS) on a number of training initiatives. Publications Jun Borras, Jennifer C. Franco, Tsegaye Moreda Shegro, Yunan Xu, Natacha Bruna & Binyam Afewerk Demena (2022) - The value of so-called ‘failed’ large-scale land acquisitions - Land Use Policy, 119 - doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106199 - [link] Jun Borras (2022) - Foreword - [link] Andrew Ofstehage, Wendy Wolford & Jun Borras (2022) - Contemporary populism and the environment - Annual Review of Environment and Resources - doi: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-environ-012220-124635 Jun Borras & Jennifer C. Franco (2022) - Global climate of land politics Jun Borras (2021) - Susan George and contemporary anticapitalist struggles within and against the global food system - [link] Jennifer C. Franco & Saturnino M. Borras (2021) - The global climate of land politics - Globalizations, 18 (7), 1277-1297 - doi: 10.1080/14747731.2021.1979717 - [link] SM (Jun) Borras (2021) - Movimientos sociales agrarios La absurdamente difícil, pero no imposible, agenda para derrotar al populismo de derecha y explorar un futuro socialista: La absurdamente difícil, pero no imposible, agenda para derrotar al populismo de derecha y explorar un futuro socialista - Revista Boliviana de Estudios Agrarios y Rurales, 5 - [link] SM (Jun) Borras & JC Franco (2021) - The 5Rs in Myanmar: Five principles for a future federal democratic system where rural working people can flourish - Transnational Institute (TNI) Jun Borras, Ian Scoones, Ben White, Ruth Hall, Marc Edelman, Wendy Wolford & Lyda Fernanda Forero (2021) - Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism - doi: 10.4324/9781003162353-1 - [link] Jun Borras, Ian Scoones, Ben White, Marc Edelman, Wendy Wolford & Lyda Fernanda Forero (2021) - Preface – Authoritarian populism and the rural world - doi: 10.4324/9781003162353 SM (Jun) Borras, I Scoones, Marc Edelman, L Forero, R Hall, Wendy Wolford & BNF (Ben) White (2021) - Authoritarian populism and the rural world - [link] Saturnino M. Borras, Ian Scoones, Amita Baviskar, Marc Edelman, Nancy Lee Peluso & Wendy Wolford (2021) - Climate change and agrarian struggles: An invitation to contribute to a JPS Forum - Journal of Peasant Studies, 49 (1), 1-28 - doi: 10.1080/03066150.2021.1956473 - [link] Jun Borras & Marc Edelman (2021) - Movimentos agrários transnacionais SM (Jun) Borras & Marc Edelman (2021) - Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements: (with new 2021 preface) - doi: 10.3362/9781780449142 SM (Jun) Borras, Jennifer C. Franco, Doi Ra, Tom Kramer, Mi Kamoon, Phwe Phyu, Khu Khu Ju, Pietje Vervest, Mary Oo, Kyar Yin Shell, Thu Maung Soe, Ze Dau, Mi Phyu, Mi Saryar Poine, Mi Pakao Jumper, Nai Sawor Mon, Khun Oo, Kyaw Thu, Nwet Kay Khine, Tun Tun Naing, Nila Papa, Lway Htwe Htwe, Lway Hlar Reang, Lway Poe Jay, Naw Seng Ja, Yunan Xu, Chunyu Wang & Jingzhong Ye (2021) - Rurally rooted cross‐border migrant workers from Myanmar, Covid‐19, and agrarian movements - Agriculture and Human Values, 39 (1), 315-338 - doi: 10.1007/s10460-021-10262-6 - [link] Jun Borras, JC Franco & Z Nam (2020) - Climate change and land: insights from Myanmar - World Development, 129 - doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.104864 - [link] Jun Borras, R Hall, Max Spoor, H Veltmeyer & J Ye (2020) - Foreword - [link] Jun Borras, Doi Ra, JC Franco & , et al. (2020) - Myanmar's cross-border migrant workers and the Covid-19 pandemic : Their life stories and the social structures shaping them - [link] Jun Borras, Elyse Mills, P Seufert, S Backes, D Fyfe, R Herre & L Michele (2019) - Transnational land investment web: land grabs, TNCs, and the challenge of global governance - Globalizations, 17 (4), 608-628 - doi: 10.1080/14747731.2019.1669384 - [link] Activities B Cousins, Jun Borras, S Sauer & J Ye (2018) - Globalizations (Journal) Tsegaye Moreda Shegro, Jun Borras, Alberto Alonso Fradejas & Z Brent (2018) - Third World Quarterly (Journal) E Corbera, C (Carol) Hunsberger, C Vaddanaphuti & Jun Borras (2017) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement (Journal) Jun Borras (2015) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Journal) M Edelman, JC Scott, A Baviskar, Jun Borras, D Kandiyoti, E Holt-Gimenez, T Weis & W Wolford (2014) - Journal of Peasant Studies (Journal) M Edelman, C Oya & Jun Borras (2013) - Third World Quarterly (Journal) Jun Borras, Cris Kay, S Gomez & J Wilkinson (2012) - Canadian Journal of Development Studies (Journal) Chunyu Wang, Jun Borras & C (Carol) Hunsberger (2012) - Paper for the University of Cape Town, South Africa, SANPAD Project Workshop Jun Borras, JC Franco, C (Carol) Hunsberger & Chunyu Wang (2012) - Paper presented at the ‘Global Land Grabbing Conference II Awards (7) Jun Borras (2022) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher 2022 Jun Borras (2021) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher Jun Borras (2020) - Ester Boserup Prize for Research on Development Jun Borras (2020) - Web of Science Highly Cited Research Jun Borras (2019) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher Jun Borras (2018) - Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher Jun Borras (2009) - National Book Award 2009 -- Social Sciences (Philippines) Teaching (9) Year 2022 Course Code ISS-2101-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-4240-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-3105-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-5401-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-AFES-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-BOE-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISSGENERAL-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-4150-22-23 Year 2022 Course Code ISS-MI-8102