dr. (Oane) A. Visser

dr. (Oane) A. Visser
Associate Professor International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) Academic Staff Unit
Erasmus University Rotterdam
I 4-17
+31 70 4260686

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Oane Visser is Associate Professor in Rural Development Studies.

His current research interests revolve first of all around land acquisitions, farm investment and rural…

Oane Visser is Associate Professor in Rural Development Studies.

His current research interests revolve first of all around land acquisitions, farm investment and rural development in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet countries. He recently received a European Research Council (ERC) starting grant. This project (2013-2018) studies land investment strategies and their effects, looking at food security/sovereignty, labour issues and rural development. Furthermore, it studies the role of rural social movements in land governance. The research takes place in Russia and Ukraine. The project includes also a PhD student, Natalia Mamonova (2013-2016), who focused especially at responses of rural social movements to land investment. This project is conducted in collaboration with Judith Pallot (Oxford University) and Tatyana Nefedova (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow).

Visser also supervises research projects in other post-socialist countries such as Tajikistan, Romania, and Cuba. Furthermore, Visser conducts research on financialisation and crisis in Eastern Europe and the West. A third line of research is on ethnopolitics in Eastern Europe.

Visser earned his PhD in Anthropology from Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Before coming to the ISS he was assistant professor at subsequently the Department of Research Methods, and Dept. of Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University. He has been visiting fellow at Cornell University in (2010, 2014), City University New York (2014), Oxford University (2015) and University of Toronto (2016). In the past years he won several grants (e.g. Land Academy, LDPI, ISS Innovation facility) to study land issues.

Visser is an is editor of Focaal- Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology. He is coordinator of the Eurasian Agrofood and Land initiative (EURAL), which is a platform for exchange between researchers, policy makers and practitioners, organizing conferences and workshops. Some of these events focus on post-socialist, Eurasian countries specifically, others have a global scope, building links between agrarian studies in post-socialist and other settings. Financialisation of agriculture is one of the key themes. seewww.iss.nl/eural


      • O. Visser, N.V. Mamonova, M. Spoor & A. Nikulin (2017). 'Quiet Food Sovereignty' as Food Sovereignty without a Movement? Insights from Post-socialist Russia. In A. Shattuck, C.M.G. Schiavoni & Z. VanGelder (Eds.), The politics of food sovereignty. Concept, Practice and Social Movements (Rethinking Globalisation) (pp. 92-107). London and New York: Routledge
      • O. Visser, M. Spoor & N. Mamonova (2017). Is Russia the new global ‘breadbasket’? Re-cultivation, agroholdings and grain production. In S Fortescue (Ed.), The Russian Economy. Critical Concepts in Economics (pp. 47). New York, London: Routledge[go to publisher's site]
      • O. Visser, N. Mamonova, M. Spoor & A.M. Nikulin (2015). Quiet food sovereignty in loud food security. In A.M. Nikulin, M.G. Pugachova & T. Shanin (Eds.), Krestyanovedenie 2015. Teoriya. Istoriya. Soveremennost. Uchenye zapiski (pp. 10-35). Moscow: Delo, RANKhiGS
      • O. Visser (2014). 'Pustye' prava, sotsial'nye obyazannosti i rabochie otnosheniya. Zastoi i izmenenie trudovykh otnoshenii na se'l'khozpredpriyatiyakh. In E Bogdanova & O Brednikova (Eds.), Vdali ot gorodov. zhizn' postsovetskoi derevni (pp. 79-104). St.Petersburg: Aleteiya
      • O. Visser, N.V. Mamonova & M. Spoor (2013). Oligarchs, megafarms and land reserves: understanding land grabbing in Russia. In B. White, S.M. Borras, R. Hall, I. Scoones & W. Wolford (Eds.), The New Enclosures: Critical Perspectives in Corporate Land Deals (pp. 281-314). London: Routledge
      • O. Visser, N.V. Mamonova & M.N. Spoor (2012). Investory, megafermy, 'pustuyushchie' zemli. Krupnye zemel'nye sdelki v Rossii. In Zemelnaya akkumulatsiya v nachale XXI veka (pp. 66-125). Moscow: Delo
      • O. Visser (2012). 'Pustye' prava, sotsialnye obyazannosti i rabochie otnosheniya. In E Bogdanova & O Brednikova (Eds.), Vdali ot gorodov. Zhizn´ postsovetskoi derevni (pp. 79-104). St. Petersburg: Aleteiya
      • D. Kalb & O. Visser (2012). Oligarchy and state capture: Soviet-style mechanisms in contemporary finance capitalism. In A handbook of economic anthropology, Second edition (pp. 571-584). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
      • D. Kalb & O. Visser (2012). The Soviet revenge: How the unrecognized Soviet-style mechanisms of contemporary finance capitalism cause social crisis and catastrophe in the West. In P.G. Gardiner Barber, B. Leach & W. Lem (Eds.), Confronting capital. Critique and engagement in Anthropology (pp. 76-96). New York, London: Routledge
      • O. Visser & M. Spoor (2011). Zakhvat Zemel¿ v postsovetskikh stranakh. In Krestianovedenie Vol. 6 (pp. 39-67). Moscow: Russian Academy of National Economy
      • O. Visser (2009). Household plots and the symbiosis with the large farm enterprises in Russia. In M. Spoor (Ed.), Land, peasants and rural poverty in transition. The political economy of rural livelihoods (pp. 76-98). London, New York: Routledge
      • O. Visser (2006). Poperty, labour and social obligations in Russia's privatised farm enterprises. In F von Benda-Beckmann, K von Benda-Beckmann & M Wiber (Eds.), The changing properties of property (pp. 126-146). London, New York: Berghahn
      • O. Visser (2006). De onzichtbare hand van de tolkach. In Schemerzones en schaduwzijdes. Opstellen over ambiguiteit in samenlevingen (pp. 61-65). Nijmegen: Roelants
      • O. Visser (2005). Coping with crisis in the post-communist countryside. Mutual support and community attachment in rural Russia. In L Sikic-Micanovic & M Mattefy (Eds.), New countryside. Culture, local governance and sustainability in rural development (pp. 177-210). Miercurea-Ciuc: Sapietia-Hungarian University of Transilvania Press
      • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2005). Restructuring Postponed? Large Russian Enterprises 'Coping with the Market'. In Rural adaptation in Russia (pp. 153-189). London: Routledge Books
      • O. Visser (2003). Family, community and the decline of the former kolkhozi in Russia. In P. Heady & H. Grandits (Eds.), Distinct inheritances. Property, family and community in a changing europe (pp. 313-328). Muenster: LIT Verlag
      • O. Visser (2003). Farm restructuring, property rights and household strategies in rural Russia. In M. Spoor (Ed.), Transition, institutions and the rural sector (pp. 83-102). Lanham, Oxford: Lexington books, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
      • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2001). The State of Agrarian Reform in The Former Soviet Union. In - (pp. 161-190). Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press
      • I. Hofman & O. Visser (2014). Geographies of Transition. The political and Ecological Factors of Agrarian Change in Tajikistan. (Preprints, Discussion Paper, no 151). Halle (Saale), Germany: Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)[go to publisher's site]
      • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2006). Report of the DPRN Regional Expert Meeting Development policy for "Non-EU Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia". Utrecht: CERES
      • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2005). Report of the DPRN Regional Expert Meeting on Development Policy for "Non-EU Eastern Europe and Central Asia" (Final Report DPRN/Amsterdam and CERES/Utrecht). Utrecht: CERES
      • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2001). The State of Agrarian Reform in the Former Soviet Union. (ISS Working Papers, General Series, no 333). The Hague: ISS
      • O. Visser (2008, december 11). Crucial connections. The persistence of large farm enterprises in Russia. Radboud University Nijmegen (383 pag.) (Nijmegen) Prom./coprom.: prof. W Wolters & Prof.dr. M.N Spoor.
        • M. Spoor, O. Visser & N.V. Mamonova (2012). Russian Agro-holdings + Financial Capital + Land Grabbing ¿ Global ¿Bread Basket¿? IAMO 2012 Forum: Land Use in Transition: "Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing": Halle, Germany (2012, juni 20 - 2012, juni 22).
        • O. Visser & M. Spoor (2011). Land Grabbing in post-Soviet Eurasia. Conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing' organised by LDPI (Land Deal Politics Initiative) and Journal of Peasant Studies: Sussex, UK (2011, april 6 - 2011, april 8).
        • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2000). The State of Agrarian Reform in the Former Soviet Union. Paper presented at the ISS Rural Development Seminar Series: The Hague (2000, november 27).
        • M. Spoor & O. Visser (2000). The State of Agrarian Reform in the former Soviet Union. Paper presented at the Conference organized by ICARRD and Development Academy of the Philippines, Manila: The Hague (2000, december 5 - 2000, december 8).
        • O. Visser (2015). Organizing international workshop: A study in resource-making: the financialization of food and agriculture.
        • O. Visser (2014). in: J. Jeroense & T. Overduin (ed.) Het nieuwe Heilig. Op zoek naar hedendaagse inspiratie. Skandalon Publishers.
        • M. Spoor, N.V. Mamonova, O. Visser & A. Nikulin (2013). Food Security in a Sovereign State and “Quiet Food Sovereignty” of an Insecure Population: The Case of Post-Soviet Russia. Paper presented at the International Conference 'Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue': Yale (2013, september 14 - 2013, september 15).
        • O. Visser (2013). Running out of farmland. Land deals, land value and the sluggishness of commoditisation. IUAES World Congress: Manchester (2013, augustus 5 - 2013, augustus 8).
      • O. Visser (Ed.). (2016) Focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.
      • O. Visser (Ed.). (2014) Focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.
      • O. Visser (2016, oktober 7). Farmland moves. Black earth narratives, geopolitics and the symbolical dimensions of farmland investment. onbekend, lecture Development seminar, University of Toronto (invited lecture).
      • O. Visser (2016, december 3). Black earth bonanza? Soil, soul and depth in large-scale farmland investments in Russia and Ukraine. New Haven, NY, Agrarian studies colloquium Yale University (invited lecture).[go to publisher's site]
      • B. Kuns, O. Visser & A. Wastfelt (2015, augustus 8). Swedish Black Earth: The trial and tribulations of investor-led, stock listed companies in Russia and Ukraine. Milan, Italy, ICAE 2015 Pre-Conference Workshop on agro-holdings and other types of mega-farming operations.
      • O. Visser, N. Mamonova, M. Spoor & A. Nikulin (2015, maart 29). Quiet food sovereignty. On the hidden sustainability, productivity and sociality of smallholders in Russia. Cambridge University, UK, BASEES Conference.
      • O. Visser & M. Steggerda (2014, januari 24). ‘Land Investment, Labour and the Export of Farm Models. Frictions Emerging from Western Involvement in Russian Agriculture’. ISS, The Hague, international conference ‘Finance, Food and Farmland’.
      • O. Visser (2014, juli 31). ‘Farmland Investment in the Post-Socialist Countryside: Investment Practices and Discourses in the Black Sea Region’. Tallin, EASA bi-annual international conference.
      • A. Hajdu & O. Visser (2014, november 6). ‘Land investment in Romania; drivers, patterns and responses’. F.I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology, Bucharest, ISS/EURAL Conference ‘Farmland, Food and Forests in Transition: The Post-socialist Eurasian countryside 25 years after’.
      • B. Kuns, O. Visser & A. Wastfelt (2014, november 7). ‘Swedish Black Earth: The Trials and Tribulations of the Western investor-led listed farming model’. F.I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology, Bucharest, ISS/EURAL Conference ‘Farmland, Food and Forests in Transition: The Post-socialist Eurasian countryside 25 years after’.
      • O. Visser (2014, november 21). ‘Farmland investment in Eastern Europe: Discourse and Practices’. Cluj, Romania, 11th Congress of the Romanian Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
      • O. Visser (2014, november 27). The Russian path of agrarian development and food security from a global perspective. Invited speaker. Moscow, conference ‘GMO agriculture, ecological farming and food security’ [in Russian].
      • O. Visser (2014, september 24). ‘When Wall street bankers enter wheat farming. The global farmland rush and the impact of investor-led farming’ - Invited speaker. onbekend, Lecture, Telluride House, Cornell University.
      • O. Visser (produced by the Sacharov centre, Moscow) (2014, dec 15). From food security to food sovereignty (in Russia). [webcast]. In Talking Heads, Gogol TV. http://www.gogol.tv/video/1323.
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    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
    Academic Staff Unit
    +31 70 4260686


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