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Dr. Jamey Essex

Dr. Jamey EssexAssociate Professor

Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2358
Office: Chrysler Hall North 1139


Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2005 (Geography)
M.A., Syracuse University, 2001 (Geography)
B.A., University of Kentucky, 1999 (Geography and History)


Courses taught
45-120 Space, Place, and Scale: Foundations of Human Geography
45-249 Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
45-335 Political Geography
45-356 Theories of International Political Economy
45-440 Remaking North America: Geographic Perspectives on US-Canada Politics
45-465 Seminar in Globalization
45-500 Scope and Approaches to Political Science
45-561 International Relations Theory


Dr. Essex's research concentrates on three broad areas: the political and economic geographies of globalization, focusing on changes in governance and the state; the geopolitics and geoeconomics of development, focusing on official development institutions and aid strategies; and the restructuring of agriculture and food systems at multiple scales, focusing on food security and hunger.

His primary ongoing research centers the geopolitics and geoeconomics of development and foreign aid, focusing on how official development assistance institutions frame and approach issues such as world hunger, food security, national security, and governance, and what their strategic choices mean for institutional structures and relations. Past research has looked especially at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as the international development system more broadly, and has been funded by grants from the University of Windsor and SSHRC. Dr. Essex currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant to examine the recent amalgamation of CIDA and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and what this means for development, foreign affairs, and trade experts, expertise, and policy within the Canadian state.

If you are interested in working as a research assistant for Dr. Essex as part of this project, there is funding available for an incoming MA student through the SSHRC grant. More details are available here.



Development, Security, and Aid2013. Development, Security, and Aid: Geopolitics and Geoeconomics at the US Agency for International Development. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. (read more here and here)


Articles, chapters, and other contributions
2017. "Aid." In N. Castree, M. Goodchlild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, D. Marston, and D. Richardson (eds.), International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Hoboken, NJ and Washington, DC: Wiley-Blackwell and the American Association of Geographers. (read more)

2017. "Restructuring development expertise and labour in the CIDA-DFAIT merger." The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien, 61 (2): 266-278. Co-authored with L. Carmichael. (read more)

2017. "U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)." In R. Rycroft (ed.), The American Middle Class: An Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO and Greenwood, 316-318. (read more)

2016. "The neoliberalization of agriculture: Regimes, resistance, and resilience." In S. Springer, K. Birch, and J. MacLeavy (eds.), The Handbook of Neoliberalism. New York: Routledge, 514-525. (read more)

2016. "International development institutions and the challenges of urbanisation: The case of Jakarta." Development in Practice, 26 (3): 346-359. (read more)

2014. "Introduction: Global Food Crisis." Geopolitics, 19 (2): 235-238. Co-authored with P. Le Billon and M. Sommerville. (read more)

2014. "The 'global food crisis' and the geopolitics of global food security." Geopolitics, 19 (2): 239-265. Co-authored with M. Sommerville and P. Le Billon. (read more)

2014. "From the global food crisis to the age of austerity: The anxious geopolitics of global food security." Geopolitics, 19 (2): 266-290. (read more)

2012. "The politics of effectiveness in Canada's international development assistance." Canadian Journal of Development Studies/Revue canadienne d’études du développement, 33 (3): 338-355. (read more)

2012. "Idle hands are the devil’s tools: The geopolitics and geoeconomics of hunger." Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102 (1): 191-207. (read more)

2010. "Sustainability, food security, and development aid after the food crisis: Assessing aid strategies across donor contexts." Sustainability, 2 (11): 3354-3382. (read more)

2009. "The work of hunger: Security, development, and food-for-work in post-crisis Jakarta." Studies in Social Justice, 3 (1): 99-116. (read more)

2008. "Biotechnology, sound science, and the Foreign Agricultural Service: a case study in neoliberal rollout." Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 26 (1): 191-209. (read more)

2008. "The neoliberal geopolitics of food security: The case of Indonesia." Human Geography, 1 (2): 14-25. (read more)

2007. "Getting what you pay for: Authoritarian statism and the geographies of US trade liberalization strategies." Studies in Political Economy, 80 (Autumn 2007): 75-103. (read more)