Professor Jun Borras

Professor in Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS)

Jun Borras has been a long-term leading collaborator and guide for TNI's work on agrarian and environmental justice and summed up his approach brilliantly in his Professorial Inaugural Lecture on 14 April 2016: Land politics, agrarian movements & scholar-activism.

Working with TNI and the Initiative on Critical Agrarian Studies, he  jointly organized two major international conferences in 2016. The first, Global governance/politics, climate justice & agrarian/social justice: linkages and challenges, held in February in The Hague was attended by around 400 international participants.  The second in November was on
Agro-extractivism inside and outside BRICS: agrarian change and development trajectories, and held in China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, attended by more 200 participants, 80 of whom were from outside China.

The latter conference was the fourth in a research project called BICAS  which TNI is a partner, that examines the role of BRICS countries in land grabbing. In addition, Jun also leads  the MOSAIC project that explores the links between climate mitigation policies and land grabbing in Cambodia and Myanmar.

Jun published a book in 2016, co-authored with Marc Edelman, Political Dynamics of Transnational Agrarian Movements, (Halifax: Fernwoood) part of a small book series 'little books, big ideas' that is co-organised by TNI and published in 10 language editions. He also was one of the lead authors in a study requested by the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights entitled Land grabbing and human rights: The involvement of European corporate and financial entities in land grabbing outside the European Union in which TNI provided supporting research.