Adam Sneyd

Adam Sneyd (photo)

Adam Sneyd conducts research on the political economy of commodities and development. He is particularly interested in learning more about the dynamic politics of commodities across Africa south of the Sahara. His research aims to better understand the new challenges that various commodity dependent African countries face in the areas of sustainability and development. Adam is currently studying the 'commodity politics' associated with corporate 'responsibility' in Cameroon. He has written two solely authored academic books on the politics of cotton. The first - Governing Cotton - focused on the challenges associated with cotton and poverty reduction across Sub-Saharan Africa. The second - Cotton - will be released in Fall 2016, and focuses on the global politics of this important commodity. His academic articles have been published in journals including Third World Quarterly, Development and Change, and the Journal of Contemporary African Studies.

Adam has contributed analyses linked to his research program to the Financial Times magazine This is Africa, and to Think Africa Press and African Arguments. He has moderated a high-level panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on cotton in Africa, and is a member of the Academic and Scientific Advisory Council of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). A detailed list of his papers, op-eds, analyses, policy briefs, book reviews and glossary articles can be found here.

Teaching Interests:

During the 2016/17 academic year, Adam is the Graduate Coordinator of Guelph's International Development Studies (IDS) Program. He will be instructing the Master's-level IDS Seminar, IDEV*6100, the IDS PhD-level core course on Theories and Debates in Development, IDEV*6800, and a third-year undergraduate course on the Political Economy of International Relations, POLS*3790. He tweets from @adamsneyd

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