Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Marcus Taylor

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
PhD (Sociology) Warwick, UK

Curriculum Vitae

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Research Interests:

Political Ecology : Agriculture and Agrarian Studies : Labour and Livelihoods : Climate Change

My research analyses the complex social and ecological forces that are reshaping contemporary agrarian regions in an era of political economic turbulence and climatic change. Working in the field of political ecology, I explore the dynamic interplay between government policies, food production, environmental change and rural livelihoods. My current SSHRC-funded research applies this approach to the transformation of rice production in contemporary Asia, including active field research in semi-arid India. Based on interviews with farmers, labourers, agricultural officers and policy makers, I examine how differential access to land, water, labour and credit shapes who can implement and benefit from new methods of rice intensification.

Prior to this project, my previous book The Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation (Routledge 2015) provided the first systematic critique of the concept of climate change adaptation within the field of international development. Earlier published work explored themes in the political economy of development including labour and global commodity chains; labour markets, social policy and anti-poverty policies in Latin America; and the promises and pitfalls of microfinance as a development tool.


I welcome graduate students interested in studying any aspect of the social, political and environmental forces shaping contemporary agriculture and the associated impacts upon food security and rural livelihoods. Additionally, I continue to supervise widely in the areas of political ecology and political economy; labour in the global economy; livelihoods and anti-poverty poverty policies.

Other Appointments:

Cross Appointed to the Department of Sociology and the School of Environmental Studies

Courses Taught (2016/2017): 

DEVS 250: Global Environmental Transformations

DEVS 311: Labour and Global Development

DEVS 496: Climate Change and Development


Single-Authored Books

Taylor, Marcus and Sébastien Rioux (2017) Global Labour Studies. London: Polity Press.

Taylor, Marcus (2015) The Political Ecology of Climate Change Adaptation: Livelihoods, Agrarian Change and the Conflicts of Development. London: Routledge Press.

Taylor, Marcus (2006). From Pinochet to the 'Third Way': Neoliberalism and Social Transformation in Chile.  London: Pluto Press.

Edited Books

Taylor, Marcus (ed). Renewing International Labour Studies. London: Routledge Press, 2010.

Taylor, Marcus (ed). Global Economy Contested: Power and Conflict Across the International Division of Labour. London: Routledge Press, 2008.

Selected Articles (see CV for full list)

Taylor, Marcus. 'Climate Change, Relational Vulnerability and Human Security: Rethinking Sustainable Adaptation in Agrarian Environments', Climate and Development, 5(4), 2013.

Taylor, Marcus. 'Liquid Debts: Credit, Groundwater and the Social Ecology of Agrarian Distress in Andhra Pradesh, India', Third World Quarterly, 34:4, 2013.

Taylor, Marcus. 'The Antinomies of 'Financial Inclusion': Debt, Distress and the Workings of Indian Microfinance', Journal of Agrarian Change 12(4), 2012.

Taylor, Marcus. "'Freedom From Poverty is Not For Free': Rural Development and the Microfinance Crisis in Andhra Pradesh, India",Journal of Agrarian Change 11(4), 2011.

Taylor, Marcus. "Race You to the Bottom ... and Back Again? The Uneven Development of Labour Codes of Conduct", New Political Economy, 16(4), 2011.

Taylor, Marcus. "Conscripts of Competitiveness: Culture, Capital and Institutions in Contemporary Development", Third World Quarterly, 31(4), pp. 561-579, 2010.

The Political Ecology of Climate Change AdaptationFrom Pinochet to the "Third Way"