Ben M. McKay

Ben M. McKay


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Educational Background

PhD Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam, 2017


My research focuses on the political economy and ecology of agrarian change in Latin America, agrarian extractivism, agroecology, and food sovereignty alternatives. I have carried out research and maintain research interests in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. I am an Associate Researcher with Bolivian NGO Fundación TIERRA, part of the coordinating team for the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS), and a Co-Convener of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) Working Group Rethinking Latin American Studies from the South (RLASS).


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
DEST 393 Theories & Appl of Development
ANTH 421 Contemporary Latin American Society
DEST 405 Environment and Development
DEST 401 Advanced Topics: The Political Economy and Ecology of Agriculture, Food and the Environment
DEST 402 Global Food Politics
DEST 201 Introduction to Global Development Studies
ANTH 701 Independent Studies: Critical Agrarian Studies


  • Insight Development Grant, SSHRC. 2018
  • Insight Grant, SSHRC. 2021
  • GREAT Supervisor Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary. 2020