Dr Brian Garvey

Senior Lecturer

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

My current research investigates local and global tensions regarding labour, land use and commodification of natural resources.  I have a particular interest in Scottish land reform, mineral prospecting in Ireland and the territorial demarcations and resistance by agrarian, traditional and indigenous communities in the Global South.  I currently work closely with academics and civil society organisations in Scotland, Europe, Africa, Brazil and Latin America and share an ambition to challenge Eurocentric and colonial paradigms in our collective research. I am co-founder of the Centre for the Political Economy of Labour, which seeks to reflect this ambition in its praxis. 

Publications

Towards a synthesized critique of forest-based 'carbon fix' strategies
Vian Jessica Enara, Garvey Brian, Tuohy Paul Gerard
Climate Resilience and Sustainability (2023)
Unlocking "lock-in" and path dependency : a review across disciplines and socio-environmental contexts
Goldstein Jenny E, Neimark Benjamin, Garvey Brian, Phelps Jacob
World Development Vol 161, pp. 1-22 (2023)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2022.106116
A legitimação de grilagem, das invasões e do garimpo na bacia do Tapajós'
Torres Mauricio, Garvey Brian
Direitos Humanos no Brasil (2022) (2022)
Reprimarização e expansão territorial das commodities agrícolas no Brasil : dinâmicas, fatores, escalas e implicações
Marini Perpetua Guilherme, Thomaz Junior Antonio, Garvey Brian
Revista da ANPEGE Vol 18, pp. 817-844 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.5418/ra2022.v18i36.16381
Contemporary slave labour on the Amazonian frontier : the problems and politics of post rescue solidarity
Portes Virginio Francis, Garvey Brian, Leão Luís Henrique da Costa, Pistorio Bianca Vasquez
Globalizations Vol 19, pp. 937-954 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2022.2035946
Extending the conceptualisation of class across field and city : transgressing servitude towards an emancipatory praxis
Thomaz Junior Antonio, Garvey Brian
Capital and Class, pp. 1-13 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1177/03098168221114379

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Teaching

At the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation, I teach on several undergraduate and MSc courses and focus on labour, migration, organisational strategies and collective resistance linked to globalised commodity chains and extractive industries. I have supervised PhD and post doctoral studies on south-south migration, pesticide harm, forestry and land reform, labour organisation and gender, and community repsonses to dispoessession and deindustrialisation.  I welcome interest from potential PhD candidates on any of the broad themes of my research.

Professional activities

International Labour Process Conference 2023
Organiser
12/4/2023
So who is building sustainable development?
Invited speaker
12/10/2022
Society for the advancement of Socio-economics
Participant
8/7/2022
Strengthening the dialogue on slave like work, environmental degradation and globalised commodity chains
Organiser
20/6/2022
COP26 Reflections
Participant
16/12/2021
Brazil Seen from the Over There: the ocean that unites us
Keynote speaker
10/10/2021

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Projects

(UN)EARTHING NEW PATHWAYS FOR A JUSTICE TRANSITION: CULTIVATING HOPE AND FOOD ON CONTESTED TERRAINS IN SCOTLAND, AMAZON AND THE ARCTIC
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) COMBE, Malcolm (Co-investigator) Shapovalova, Daria (Co-investigator)
The programme brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Law, Geography, Sociology of Work and Political Economy with leading figures from crofting, smallholding and indigenous communities in Scotland, the Amazon and Arctic.

This project aims to collectively produce and share both ancestral and new academic knowledge across a nexus that is critical to a just transition: the globalised financialisation of land for both the carbon and green economy, smallholder and community access to land, and sustainable production of food. These dimensions come to ground, literally, in arable land that has been an increasingly prized destination for corporate finance, with subsequent rising land prices and a deepening of contestation between commodity and food production. The programme is attentive to new policy instruments in Scotland including land reform, transparency and local empowerment and the plural ways in which other communities negotiate tensions between land asset capture for speculation, monocultures and energy forms on one hand; and rural or forest based livelihoods on the other.

The programme hinges on a hopeful dialogue across these frontiers in order to i) unearth commonality in values, experiences and aspirations for socially and ecologically committed cultivation of land; ii) investigate legal instruments within and across borders for their realisation; iii) make recommendations for effective policy implementation in Scotland.
01-Jan-2022 - 03-Jan-2022
Cultivating a nexus of land, rights and resistance: pathways to non-destructive future
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Mendonca, Maria Luisa (Research Co-investigator)
Intensified financial speculation in agricultural land linked to futures markets for commodities are contemporary corporate strategies to reduce market volatility and risk. At the same, these strategies are increasing both sanctioned and illegal territorial incursions and traditional community displacement in contravention of international treaties. Transnational incentives for further commodity chain expansion (World Bank, 2020) and to financial trading as a key response to climate change (UN 2021), are rendering acute social and ecological consequences less visible. Conclusions from several interdisciplinary engagements and with affected communities invite the progression of effective networks of praxis that deepen understanding of the complex dynamics across issues of land and territory, human and environmental rights, and revisit, imagine and implement pathways that provide for social and ecological security.
01-Jan-2022 - 18-Jan-2022
(UN)EARTHING NEW PATHWAYS FOR A JUSTICE TRANSITION: CULTIVATING HOPE AND FOOD ON CONTESTED TERRAINS IN SCOTLAND, AMAZON AND THE ARCTIC
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) COMBE, Malcolm (Co-investigator)
The programme brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Law, Geography, Sociology of Work and Political Economy with leading figures from crofting, smallholding and indigenous communities in Scotland, the Amazon and Arctic.

This project aims to collectively produce and share both ancestral and new academic knowledge across a nexus that is critical to a just transition: the globalised financialisation of land for both the carbon and green economy, smallholder and community access to land, and sustainable production of food. These dimensions come to ground, literally, in arable land that has been an increasingly prized destination for corporate finance, with subsequent rising land prices and a deepening of contestation between commodity and food production. The programme is attentive to new policy instruments in Scotland including land reform, transparency and local empowerment and the plural ways in which other communities negotiate tensions between land asset capture for speculation, monocultures and energy forms on one hand; and rural or forest based livelihoods on the other.

The programme hinges on a hopeful dialogue across these frontiers in order to i) unearth commonality in values, experiences and aspirations for socially and ecologically committed cultivation of land; ii) investigate legal instruments within and across borders for their realisation; iii) make recommendations for effective policy implementation in Scotland.
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Confronting pandemic, territorial and food insecurity with traditional communities in the Brazilian Amazon
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Torres, Mauricio (Co-investigator) Barbosa, Ana Laide (Co-investigator) Rocha, Bruna (Co-investigator)
GCRF Covid-19 response £29,125.16 FEC with SFC contribution of £24,591.52 (attached)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
UKRI CoA Covid Extension
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher) Cardesa-Salzmann, Antonio (Researcher)
UKRI sponsored extension of projects affected by Covid-19
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
UKRI CoA Covid extension
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Portes Virginio, Francis Vinicius (Researcher)
UKRI sponsored extension of projects affected by Covid-19
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021

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Address

Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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