Land Publications

During their time at the ISS, team members co-authored several new books together, secured a new Cornell University Press series for social science scholarship, entitled Land: New Perspectives on Territory, Development, and the Environment, and produced 40 publications to date.


Edelman, Marc and W. Wolford. “Introduction: Critical Agrarian Studies in Theory and Practice,”Antipode: A Radical Journey of Geography, DOI: 10.1111/anti.12326, 2017.

Nadasdy, Paul. “Imposing Territoriality: First Nation Land Claims and the Transformation of Human-Environment Relations in the Yukon.”  In Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History. S. Bocking and B. Martin, eds. Pp. 333-376. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2017.

Pritchard, Sara. “The Trouble with Darkness: NASA’s Suomi Satellite Images of Earth at Night.” Environmental History, 2017.

Wang, P., G. Poe, and S. Wolf. Payments for Ecosystem Services and Wealth Distribution. Ecological Economics. 132:63-68, 2017.


Kraft, B. and S. Wolf, Through the lens of accountability: Analyzing legitimacy in environmental governance. Organization and Environment.1-23, 2016.

Munck, Johan, and Steven A. Wolf. “Toward Projectified Environmental Governance? The case of the U.S. Regional Conservation Partnership Program,” Environmental and Planning, 49(2):273-292, 2016.

Nadasdy, Paul. “First Nations, Citizenship, and Animals, or Why Northern Indigenous People Might Not Want to Live in Zoopolis,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(1):1-20, 2016.

Pritchard, Sara, Steven A. Wolf, and Wendy Wolford. Co-editors “Knowledge and Politics of Land,” special issue of Environment and Planning, 2016.

Wang, P., S. Wolf, J. Lassoie, G. Poe, S. Morreale, S. Xukun, and S. Dong.. Promise and reality of market-based environmental policies in China: Empirical analyses of the ecological restoration program on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Global Environmental Change.39: 35–44, 2016.


Wolford, Wendy. “From Pangaea to Partnership: The Many Fields of Rural Development,” Sociology of Development, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 210-232, 2015.

Wolford, Wendy. “Global Land Deals,” for the Institute for Science and Global Policy, Proceedings from the workshop on Food and the Environment, held October 2014 at Cornell University, 2015.

Wolford, Wendy and Ryan Nehring. “Constructing Parallels: Brazilian Experts, Expertise and Commodification of Land, Labour and Capital in Mozambique.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 36(2): 208-223, 2015.

Keene, Sara and Marygold Walsh-Dilley, Wendy Wolford and Charles Geisler. “A View from the Top: Examining Elites in Large-Scale Land Deals,” Canadian Journal of Development Studies 36: 2, 131-146, 2015.


Craib, Raymond. “The Properties of Counterinsurgency: On Joel Wainwright’s Geopiracy,” in Dialogues in Human Geography 4:1, 2014.

Craib, Raymond. “Sedentary Anarchists,” in Bert Altena and Constance Bantman, eds., Reassessing the Transnational Turn: Scales of Analysis in Anarchist and Syndicalist Studies, Routledge Studies in Cultural History, London: Routledge, 2014.

Craib, Raymond. “Mexico City Modern: A Review Essay,” Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy, 6, 2014.

Geisler, Charles. “Green Zones from Above and Below: A Cautionary Tale,” in K. Tidball and M. Krasney (Eds.), Greening the Red Zone: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Urgent Biophilia, pp. 203-214, Springer, 2014.

Geisler, Charles, and Ben Currens. “‘Peak Farmland’: Revealed Truth or Recreancy?” in Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, 21:177-199, 2014.

Geisler, Charles and Fouad Makki. “People, Power, and Land: New Enclosures on a Global Scale,” in Rural Sociology 79 (1):28-33, 2014.

Geisler, Charles. “Disowned by the Ownership Society: How Native Americans Lost Their Land,” in Rural Sociology 79(1):56-78, 2014.

Geisler, Charles, and David Kay. “Carpe Terra,” in Among Equals: The Spirit Level Anniversary Edition, Springer, 2014.

Hickey, Amanda, Katherine Young and Wendy Wolford. “Farmer Field Schools and Participation in Northern Mozambique,” draft report prepared for CARE Mozambique, 2014.

Martin, Laura J., and Sara B. Pritchard. “Conservation: More than Inclusivity,” Nature, 516:37, 2014.

Wolf, Steven and Alessandro Bonnano (Eds). The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector: Crisis, Resilience, and Restructuring, New York: Routledge, 2014.

Wolford, Wendy, Marc Edelman, James C. Scott, Amita Baviskar, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Deniz Kandiyoti, Eric Holt-Gimenez, and Tony Weis (Eds). Introduction, special issue on “Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty,” in Journal of Peasant Studies 41(6), 2014.

Wolford, Wendy, Marc Edelman, Tony Weis, Amita Baviskar, Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Eric Holt-Giménez, and Deniz Kandiyoti. Special issue on “Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty,” Introduction, in Journal of Peasant Studies 41(6), 2014.

Zimmerman, Artur. “Violence Against Peasants in Latin America: Land Deals and the Food/Fuel Crop,” International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, v. 51, pp. 117-142, 2014.


Craib, Raymond. “México Cartográfico: Una Historia de Límites Fijos y Paisajes Fugitivos,” Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, published in translation, UNAM, 2013.

Geisler, Charles. “Disowned by the Ownership Society: How Native Americans Lost Their Land,” Rural Sociology, v. 79, 56-78, 2014.

Lu, Flora, Gabriela Valdivia and Wendy Wolford. “Local Perceptions of Environmental Crisis in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador,” in Conservation and Society, 11(1): 83-95, 2013.

Pritchard, Sara B. “Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies: Promises, Challenges, and Contributions,” in Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara B. Pritchard (Eds.), New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.

Pritchard, Sara B. “An Envirotechnical Disaster at Fukushima: Nature, Technology and Politics,” in Richard Hindmarsh (Ed.), Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi: Social, Political and Environmental Issues, New York: Routledge, 2013.

Pritchard, Sara B. “An Envirotechnical Disaster: Negotiating Nature, Technology, and Politics at Fukushima,” in Ian Jared Miller, Julia Adeney Thomas, and Brett L. Walker (Eds.), Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013.

Wang, Pu, Steven A. Wolf, James P. Lassoie, and Shikui Dong. “Compensation Policy for Displacement Caused by Dam Construction in China: An Institutional Analysis,” in Geoforum, 48:1–9, 2013.

Wolford, Wendy. “Moral Economies of Food Security and Protest in Latin America,” chapter 12 in Christopher Barrett (Ed.), Food Security and Sociopolitical Stability, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Wolford, Wendy, Jun Borras, Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones and Ben White (Eds.). Governing Global Land Deals: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. (Introduction and chapters of this book were originally published as a special issue in Development and Change, March 2013).

Wolford, Wendy, Jun Borras, Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones and Ben White (Eds.) “Forum on Global Land Grabbing: A Discussion of Methodologies,” in Journal of Peasant Studies, 38(2): 209-298, 2013.


Craib, Raymond, Mark Overmyer-Velázquez. “Migration and Labor in the Americas: Praxis, Knowledge and Nations,” in Hispanic American Historical Review, 92: 2, May 2012.

Geisler, Charles and Shelley Feldman. “Land Expropriation and Displacement in Bangladesh,” Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3-4):971-993, 2012.

Geisler, Charles. “Green Zones from Above and Below: A Cautionary Tale,” in Greening the Red Zone: Vulnerability, Resilience, and Urgent Biophilia, in K. Tidball and M. Krasney (eds.), Springer, 2012.

Geisler, Charles. “Nature Conservation and Environmental Management: Contested Natures in the US and UK,” in Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US, in Mark  Shucksmith, David L. Brown, Sally Shortall, Jo Vergunst and Mildred Warner (eds.), CUCAN, 2012.

Nadasdy, Paul. “Boundaries Among Kin: Sovereignty, the Modern Treaty Process, and the Rise of Ethno-Territorial Nationalism Among Yukon First Nations, in Comparative Studies in Society and History, 54(3): 499-532, 2012.

Wolf, Steven. “Forest Rights and Forest Fights: Working Forests in New York State,” in Society and Natural Resources, 25(12):1205-1220, 2012.

Wolf, Steven. “Agrienvironmental Policy, Rural Environments and the Fork in the Road: A Comparative Analysis of the US and the EU,” in M.Shucksmith, D. Brown, S. Shortall, J. Vergunst and M. Warner (Eds.), Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US. New York: Routledge, 2012.

Pritchard, Sara B. “From Hydroimperialism to Hydrocapitalism: ‘French’ Hydraulics in France, North Africa, and Beyond,” in Social Studies of Science, 42(4): 591-615, 2012.

Pritchard, Sara B. “The Politics of Opting Out (Letter),” in Conservation Biology 26:382–383, June 2012.

White, Ben, Ruth Hall and Wendy Wolford. “The New Enclosures: Introduction to Special Issue,” in Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3/4): 619—647, 2012.

Wolf, Steven. “Wise Use Movement,” in S. Fredericks, L. Shen, S. Thompson & D. Vasey (Eds.), The Berkshire Encyclopedia of SustainabilityVol. 4. Natural Resources and Sustainability, pp. 499-500, Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2012.

Wolf, Steven. “Temporal Dimensions of Governance: Critical Analysis of Projects as Analogues of Professions,” chapter 10 in S. Sjöblom, K. Andersson, T. Marsden & S. Skerratt, Short-termism and Sustainability: Changing Time-frames in Spatial Policy Interventions, Ashgate, 2012.

Wolford, Wendy. “The New Enclosures: Critical Perspectives on Corporate Land Deals,” introduction and editor with Ben White, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Ruth Hall, and Ian Scoones, in Journal of Peasant Studies, 39(3/4): 619-647, 2012.

Wolford, Wendy. “Environmental Crisis and the Production of Alternatives: Conservation Practice(s) in the Galapagos Islands,” in Science and Conservation in the Galapagos Islands: Frameworks and Perspectives, edited by Stephen Walsh and Carlos F. Mena, New York: Springer Press, 2012.

Zimmerman, Artur. “Affirmative Action and Regional Inclusion: UFABC’s Experience,” Revista Brasileira de Estudos Pedagógicos (Impresso), v. 93, pp. 147-165, 2012.

Zimmerman, Artur. “Land Kills: The Brazilian Experience,” Population Review, v. 51, pp. 41-58, 2012.

Updated January 11, 2017.