Dr Benjamin Neimark


Research Overview

As a human geographer and political ecologist, I am passionate about exploring pathways for just socio-economic, political and ecological futures in the global south. I focus on the uneven development of the green and bio-economy. My particular geographical foci include the African countries of Madagascar, Mozambique, and Mali, although I am a lead-initiator of a global political ecology network (POLLEN). These specific countries make up a unique spectrum of biodiversity and constitute a social mosaic of urban/rural livelihoods where I study international development, labour and commodity chain analysis. I am involved in two new research projects exploring the uneven development of land-grabbing for biofuels in Madagascar and Brazilian agribusiness in Mozambique.

My previous research focuses on bioprospecting on Madagascar. Bioprospecting involves search for, and commercialization of, useful natural compounds for new pharmaceutical and industrial products. Also in Madagascar, I have investigated strategies to improve small-scale agriculture using innovative agroforestry methods, and traditional agricultural systems. These systems can have a major effect on farmers' adoption of new livelihood alternatives. In my Master's research, I developed techniques to improve the direction and speed of domestication of threatened Malagasy forest and fruit species, in order to increase food security and provide added income.

Small-scale commodity frontiers: The bioeconomy value chain of castor oil in Madagascar
Neimark, B.D., Healy, T. 16/01/2018 In: Journal of Agrarian Change.
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Weaponizing nature: the geopolitical ecology of the US Navy’s biofuel program
Bigger, P., Neimark, B.D. 09/2017 In: Political Geography. 60, p. 13-22. 10 p.
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A human right to science?: precarious labor and basic rights in science and bioprospecting
Neimark, B.D., Vermeylen, S. 01/2017 In: Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 107, 1, p. 167-182. 16 p.
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Biofuel imaginaries: the emerging politics surrounding ‘inclusive’ private sector development in Madagascar
Neimark, B.D. 06/2016 In: Journal of Rural Studies. 45, p. 146-156. 11 p.
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Mapping value in a 'green' commodity frontier: revisiting commodity chain analysis
Neimark, B.D., Mahanty, S., Dressler, W. 03/2016 In: Development and Change. 47, 2, p. 240-265. 26 p.
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Bioprospecting and biopiracy
Neimark, B. 2016 In: The international encyclopedia of geography. Wiley Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Re-mining the collections: from bioprospecting to biodiversity offsetting in Madagascar
Neimark, B., Wilson, B. 11/2015 In: Geoforum. 66, p. 1-10. 10 p.
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Bioprospecting a biodiversity hotspot: the political economy of natural products drug discovery for conservation goals in Madagascar
Neimark, B., Tilghman, L. 2014 In: Conservation and environmental management in Madagascar. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415528771.

Grabbing green: markets, environmental governance and the materialization of natural capital
Corson, C., MacDonald, K.I., Neimark, B. 2013 In: Human Geography. 6, 1, p. 1-15. 15 p.
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New directions in commodity chain analysis and access mapping in 'the green economy'
Neimark, B. 2013
Conference paper

The land of our ancestors: property rights, social resistance and alternatives to land grabbing in Madagascar
Neimark, B. 2013 The Hague : Land Deals Politics Initiative
Working paper

Industrializing nature, knowledge, and labour: the political economy of bioprospecting in Madagascar
Neimark, B. 09/2012 In: Geoforum. 43, 5, p. 580-590. 11 p.
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Finding that ‘Eureka’ moment: the importance of conducting detailed field-research in Africa
Neimark, B. 2012 In: African Geographical Review. 31, 1, p. 76-79. 4 p.
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Grabbing 'green': markets, environmental governance and the materialization of natural capital II
Neimark, B. 2012
Conference paper

Green grabbing at the 'pharm' gate: overcoming the barriers of rosy periwinkle production in southern Madagascar
Neimark, B. 2012 In: The Journal of Peasant Studies. 39, 2, p. 423-445. 23 p.
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The political and moral economies of contemporary 'land grabbing' in Africa
Neimark, B. 2011
Conference paper

Subverting regulatory protection of ‘natural commodities’: the Prunus africana in Madagascar
Neimark, B. 09/2010 In: Development and Change. 41, 5, p. 929-954. 26 p.
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Hotspot discourse in Africa: making space for bioprospecting in Madagascar
Neimark, B., Schreoder, R. 2009 In: African Geographical Review. 28, 1, p. 43-70. 28 p.
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Models of benefit sharing natural products: opportunities and challenges in ensuring ethical natural product discovery
Neimark, B. 2009 In: African natural plant products. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ISBN: 9780841269873 .

Shifting propagation: the political economy of bioprospecting in Madagascar
Neimark, B. 2004
Other contribution