Agriculture and Rural Politics

August 29, 2017 - Categorised in: -

The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the political dimension of the supply-side of food (as opposed to demand/consumption), i.e. agriculture. More than just production per se, we will also consider closely connected areas of concern, including the political and moral economy of food, agrarian change, peasant farming, agribusiness, livelihoods and rural development, the politics of agricultural innovation and agricultural science, and global environmental change.

Students will acquire a sound grasp of different views and debates on agriculture and rural politics. They will become familiar with major issues related to agriculture at the global level, and be able to analyse how such global drivers of change are affecting, and being shaped by, different key stakeholder groups. This provides them with an understanding of the context within which much contemporary development and policy intervention occurs.

The course includes a field trip (info and dates announced at the beginning of the term).


  • Master in Food Politics (core)
  • Master in Global and European Politics (elective)
  • Master in International Security (elective)