Tsegaye Moreda is an Assistant Professor of Agrarian Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS, The Hague) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a founding member of [Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network][Young African Researchers in Agriculture YARA network] based at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. At ISS, he is a member of the [Political Ecology Research Group] and teaching team of the [MA in Development Studies] Major in [Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES)][Agrarian_ Food and Environmental Studies _AFES]. The graduate courses that he has been teaching – together with many senior scholars at the ISS – include Political Economy/Ecology of Agriculture and Environment (ISS-4150) (with, among others, Dr. Julien-Francois Gerber, Prof. Jun Borras, and Prof. Murat Arsel) and Politics of Agrarian Transformation (ISS-4240) (with Prof. Borras, and Dr. Oane Visser). He also teaches a graduate course on the politics of agrarian transformation and development in the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) at China Agricultural University in Beijing. He has also previously taught various undergraduate courses in Ethiopia, including political geography, economic geography, development theory and practice, and research methods.
His research interests are in the politics of agrarian transformation and natural resources governance (land, water, forests, sub-soil minerals) – examined in the era of the global resource rush (land grabbing, the rise of extractivism, agro-extractivism, large-scale development interventions, neoliberal developmentalism) and environmental and climate change (focusing on narratives of and responses to them, including politics around mitigation and adaptation) – with special emphasis on understanding how contemporary politics around natural resources links to broader questions of social, economic, political and environmental justice. He focuses on understanding the role and location of land politics in global, regional and national trajectories. He also has work and interest in the various forms of political reactions by poor people towards dynamic changes in the political economy (land/property, labour, income, reproduction) of natural resources, including in studying – and at the same time, working with – social movements. Transversal themes in his interest in and treatment of all these issues are conflict, power and political contestations across social classes and identity politics, mediated by and through the state. It is in this context that he also looks into converging social movements partly in reaction to the parallel and overlapping processes of global resource rush and climate change mitigation narratives: agrarian movements, environmental movements, fishers' movements, food sovereignty movements. He works and continues to hone his intellectual skills along the tradition of scholar-activism. His regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa.
He is currently deputy coordinator of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant awarded project "[Commodity & Land Rushes and Regimes: Reshaping Five Spheres of Global Social Life (RRUSHES-5)][Commodity _ Land Rushes and Regimes_ Reshaping Five Spheres of Global Social Life _RRUSHES-5]" led by [Professor Jun Borras]. This five-year (2019-2024) research project studies recent transactions in land and land-use change and how these impact the general situation around the issues of food, climate change politics, geopolitics, labour and migration, and state-society relations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The project mainly focuses on Colombia, Ethiopia and Myanmar.
Tsegaye Moreda Shegro (2016) - Large-scale land acquisitions, state authority and indigenous local communities: insights from Ethiopia - Third World Quarterly, 1-19 - doi: 10.1080/01436597.2016.1191941
Tsegaye Moreda Shegro & Max Spoor (2015) - The politics of large-scale land acquisitions in Ethiopia: state and corporate elites and subaltern villagers - Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 36 (2), 224-240 - doi: 10.1080/02255189.2015.1049133
Tsegaye Moreda Shegro (2015) - Listening to their silence? : the political reaction of affected communities to large-scale land acquisitions: insights from Ethiopia - Journal of Peasant Studies, 42 (3-4), 517-539 - doi: 10.1080/03066150.2014.993621
R Hall, Z Brent, J Franco, M Isaacs & Tsegaye Moreda Shegro (2015) - A Toolkit for Participatory Action Research: Guiding note for the IDRC-funded FIAN project: Bottom-up accountability initiatives and Large Scale Land Acquisitions (LSLAs) in Africa - FIAN
Tsegaye Moreda Shegro (2013) - Postponed Local Concerns? Implications of Land Acquisitions for Indigenous Local Communities in Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia - Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI)
Tsegaye Moreda Shegro, Jun Borras, Alberto Alonso Fradejas & Z Brent (2018) - Third World Quarterly (Journal)