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. 

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    I favour and am experienced in participative and action research methodologies. I have consistently worked across disciplines, including sociology, environmental studies, geography, engineering and law, to place changes to work and labour in the context of new technologies, new sites of production and emerging commodity chains.  I am regularly involved in creative group facilitation and worker representation beyond traditional academic practices.

Prizes and awards

Best doctoral presentation
Recipient
2003

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Publications

Four Socio-Environmental Conflicts in Brazil's Amazon
Ricarte Thays, Garvey Brian, Sao Mateus Jeronimo
(2022)
Putting the university to work : the subsumption of academic labour in UK's shift to digital higher education
Ivancheva Mariya, Garvey Brian
New Technology, Work and Employment (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1111/ntwe.12237
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 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2022.2035946
A reforma agraria : caminho para a terra de trabalho
Pistorio Bianca, Garvey Brian
Direitos Trabalho e Política Social (2022)
Unpacking super-exploitation in the 21st century : the struggles of Haitian workers in Brazil
Virginio Francis, Stewart Paul, Garvey Brian
Work, Employment and Society (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1177/09500170211060748
Socio-sanitary-environmental disasters in agribusiness and agroecological resistance in Brazil
Pignati Wanderlei, Leao Luis, Montanari Marcia, Pignati Marta, Machado Jorge M H, Garvey Brian
(2022)

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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

COP26 Reflections
Participant
16/12/2021
Brazil Seen from the Over There: the ocean that unites us
Keynote speaker
10/10/2021
FAO Food Summit Independent Dialogue: Defence of agrifood systems
Participant
9/8/2021
PIAUÍ LAND LEGISLATION:
Participant
17/7/2021
Platform labour and precarity in 2021
Speaker
26/6/2021
CSE/Capital & Class on-line event: Amazonian destruction, Bolsonaro and COVID-19: Neoliberalism unchained
Organiser
21/4/2021

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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)
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
Self-demarcation and scientific protection against pandemic, illegal logging and mining in Brazil's Amazon
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator)
15-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022
SELF-DEMARCATION IN THE TAPAJÓS BASIN: TERRITORIAL RESISTANCE TO FOREST DEVASTATION
Garvey, Brian (Principal Investigator) Torres, Mauricio (Co-investigator) Rocha, Bruna (Co-investigator)
A collaboration between the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation and the Amazonian Institute of Family farming, Federal University of Para. In the Tapajós Basin, the traditional riverine community of Montanha and Mangabal have faced what is considered to be the most sophisticated act of land grabbing in the entire Amazon, carried out by the southern company Indussolo, which fraudulently appropriated 1,380,000 hectares3. Despite having its territory recognized as an Agroextractive Settlement the longstanding community is subject to land grabbing, illegal logging and mining.

Our research seeks to support community-based and judicial processes that defend their territorial rights towards the mutual protection of forest and livelihoods at a critical juncture in Amazonia policy
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021

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Address

Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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