Dr Alistair Fraser

Geography

Lecturer

Rhetoric House
21
(01) 708 6156

Biography

I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a PhD in Geography, based on research regarding land reform which I conducted in northern Limpopo province, South Africa. I held a Post-Doc position in UCD, Ireland between 2006-07 before starting to lecture in Geography in Maynooth in September 2007. My contract was made permanent in 2012.

My work is diverse in nature, cutting across political, economic and cultural geography. The place most of my research has engaged is South Africa (e.g. see my publications in Geoforum, Social & Cultural Geography, TESG, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Rural Studies, and Estudios de Asia y Africa).

Flowing out of this work, I have developed interests in the political economy of food, particularly how corporate control of the food system creates multiple forms of oppression as well as diverse practices of resistance. I have written about the Irish government's position within this scene (Human Geography) and have published an article that deals with literary geography and the contemporary global politics of rurality, using Barbara Kingsolver's A Prodigal Summer (Journal of Rural Studies). In 2016/17 I also published my first solo-authored book, Global Foodscapes: Oppression and Resistance in the Life of Food (Routledge).

I am currently conducting new work on the relationship between agriculture and 'big data' (and our algorithmic world), leading to a conference paper presented at the International Colloquium on Agrarian Studies in Vitoria-Gasteiz, which I have published in the Journal of Peasant Studies; a workshop on 'slow computing' held in Maynooth and organized with Rob Kitchin; and papers engaging the concept of 'data curation' in the Journal of Peasant Studies and Geoforum.
 
Regarding quite different empirical issues (but allowing me to explore exciting literatures), I have also written about geographical research regarding dance music scenes (Geography Compass), and more specifically drum & bass music (Geoforum, co-authored with Nancy Ettlinger) and the role of MCs therein (DanceCult).

Finally, I should note that I've published papers about some aspects of conducting fieldwork (Area, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography); supervised Dr Mavuto D Tembo's PhD thesis on climate change in Uganda; co-researched aspects of Ireland's economic crisis (Human Geography, with Enda Murphy and Sinead Kelly); edited a 40 chapter, two-volume book called Anniversary Essays to celebrate the Geography department's 40th Anniversary; and have published numerous blog posts on diverse topics on Eye on the World (a blog hosted by Maynooth University's Department of Geography) and Ireland After Nama (a blog hosted by NIRSA at Maynooth).

Since February 2019, I have been the Europe editor for the journal Human Geography. In January 2020 I will be the Social Media editor for the journal Space & Polity.

Research Interests

Political Geography; Globalization, Development, Africa, South Africa; Political Economy of Africa; Land reform; Food Systems; Foodscapes; Scalar practices ('scalecraft'), Neoliberalism, South Africa, Uganda, Ireland, Mexico.

Books

  Year Publication
2016 Global Foodscapes: Oppression and resistance in the Life of Food.
Fraser A. (2016) Global Foodscapes: Oppression and resistance in the Life of Food. [DOI] [Details]
2012 Anniversary Essays: Forty Years of Geography at Maynooth.
Fraser, A. (Ed) (2012) Anniversary Essays: Forty Years of Geography at Maynooth. : Department of Geography, NUIM. [IR Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2013 'Political geographies of capitalist development in South Africa'
Fraser A. (2013) 'Political geographies of capitalist development in South Africa' In: Territory, the State and Urban Politics: A Critical Appreciation of the Selected Writings of Kevin R. Cox. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Curating digital geographies in an era of data colonialism'
Fraser, A. (2019) 'Curating digital geographies in an era of data colonialism'. Geoforum, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'The digital revolution, data curation, and the new dynamics of food sovereignty construction'
Fraser, A. (2019) 'The digital revolution, data curation, and the new dynamics of food sovereignty construction'. Journal of Peasant Studies, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Land grab/data grab: precision agriculture and its new horizons'
Fraser A. (2018) 'Land grab/data grab: precision agriculture and its new horizons'. Journal of Peasant Studies, :1-20 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Iterative power: Herbert Gladstone and the British imperial project in early twentieth century South Africa'
Fraser, A (2018) 'Iterative power: Herbert Gladstone and the British imperial project in early twentieth century South Africa'. Revista Estudios de Africa y Asia, 53 :319-349 [Details]
2018 'Mexico's “Sugar Tax”: Space, Markets, Resistance'
Fraser A. (2018) 'Mexico's “Sugar Tax”: Space, Markets, Resistance'. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, :1-15 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Tactile topologies of the rural'
Fraser, A. (2017) 'Tactile topologies of the rural'. Journal of Rural Studies, 56 :198-206 [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Tactile topologies of the rural'
Fraser A. (2017) 'Tactile topologies of the rural'. Journal of Rural Studies, 56 :198-206 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'The rural geographies of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer'
Fraser, A (2014) 'The rural geographies of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer'. Journal of Rural Studies, 35 :143-151 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'On the Content and Contribution of MCs in British Drum 'n' Bass'
Fraser, A. (2014) 'On the Content and Contribution of MCs in British Drum 'n' Bass'. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, 6 (2):42-60 [Details]
2013 'Deepening neoliberalism via austerity and ‘reform’: The case of Ireland'
Fraser, A., Murphy, E., & Kelly, S. (2013) 'Deepening neoliberalism via austerity and ‘reform’: The case of Ireland'. Human Geography, 6 :38-53 [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'The 'throwntogetherness' of research: Reflections on conducting fieldwork in South Africa'
Fraser A. (2012) 'The 'throwntogetherness' of research: Reflections on conducting fieldwork in South Africa'. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 33 (3):291-295 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'The Spaces, Politics, and Cultural Economies of Electronic Dance Music'
Fraser A. (2012) 'The Spaces, Politics, and Cultural Economies of Electronic Dance Music'. Geography Compass, 6 (8):500-511 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Nothing but its eradication? Ireland's Hunger Task Force and the production of hunger'
Fraser, A. (2011) 'Nothing but its eradication? Ireland's Hunger Task Force and the production of hunger'. HUMAN GEOGRAPHY, 4(3): 48-60 :48-60 [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'The craft of scalar practices'
Fraser, A (2010) 'The craft of scalar practices'. Environment and Planning A, 42 :332-346 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Guest editorial: Gaining ground: Emerging agrarian political geographies'
Fraser, A (2008) 'Guest editorial: Gaining ground: Emerging agrarian political geographies'. POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY, 27 :717-720 [Details]
2008 'Fragile empowerment: The dynamic cultural economy of British drum and bass music'
Fraser, A;Ettlinger, N (2008) 'Fragile empowerment: The dynamic cultural economy of British drum and bass music'. Geoforum, 39 :1647-1656 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Geography and land reform'
Fraser, A (2008) 'Geography and land reform'. Geographical Review, 98 :309-321 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'White farmers' dealings' with land reform in Soutth Africa: Evidence from Northern Limpopo Province'
Fraser A. (2008) 'White farmers' dealings' with land reform in Soutth Africa: Evidence from Northern Limpopo Province'. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 99 (1):24-36 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Fragile empowerment: The cultural economy of British Drum & Bass music'
Fraser, A & Ettlinger, N (2008) 'Fragile empowerment: The cultural economy of British Drum & Bass music'. GEOFORUM, 39 :1647-1656 [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Geography and land reform'
Fraser, A (2008) 'Geography and land reform'. GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW, 98 :309-321 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Land reform in South Africa and the colonial present'
Fraser, A (2007) 'Land reform in South Africa and the colonial present'. Social and Cultural Geography, 8 :835-851 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Coded spatialities of fieldwork'
Fraser, A. (2007) 'Coded spatialities of fieldwork'. AREA, 39 :242-245 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Hybridity Emergent: Geo-History, Learning and Land Restitution in South Africa'
Fraser, A. (2007) 'Hybridity Emergent: Geo-History, Learning and Land Restitution in South Africa'. GEOFORUM, 38 :299-311 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Land reform in South Africa and the colonial present'
Fraser, A. (2007) 'Land reform in South Africa and the colonial present'. SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY, 8 :835-851 [IR Link] [Details]
2003 'A Forest of Contradictions: Producing the Landscapes of the Scottish Highlands'
Robbins, P. & Fraser, A. (2003) 'A Forest of Contradictions: Producing the Landscapes of the Scottish Highlands'. ANTIPODE, 35 :95-118 [IR Link] [Details]

Editorial

  Year Publication
2008 Gaining ground: Emerging agrarian political geographies.
Fraser, A (2008) Gaining ground: Emerging agrarian political geographies. OXFORD: Editorial [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 Land reform in the era of neoliberalism: Case studies from the global south.
McCusker, B;Fraser, A (2008) Land reform in the era of neoliberalism: Case studies from the global south. HOBOKEN: Editorial [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
2018 Iterative power:Herbert Gladstone andthe British imperial project inearly twentieth century South Africa.
Fraser A. (2018) Iterative power:Herbert Gladstone andthe British imperial project inearly twentieth century South Africa. Reviews [Details]

Working Paper

  Year Publication
2017 Slow computing.
Fraser, A. and Kitchin, R. (2017) Slow computing. Working Paper [Details]

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2006 The Ohio State University PhD in Geography
2001 The Ohio State University MA in Geography

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Spanish Fluent Functional Fluent

Teaching Interests

Globalization, Food, Research skills