Dr Benjamin Neimark

Dr Benjamin Neimark

Lecturer

LEC Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YQ

+44 (0)1524 510592

I am interested in the political ecology/economy of the emergent green economy. My research focuses on bioprospecting on Madagascar. Bioprospecting involves search for, and commercialization of, useful natural compounds for new pharmaceutical and industrial products. This research involved 14 months of intensive ethnographic field surveys and participant observation carried out in 2005 and 2006. These were implemented in multiple rural sites in northern town of Antsiranana, the central region of Bealanana, and the southern regions of Anosy and Androy. It included interviews with scientists in laboratories and state institutions and non-governmental organizations in the capital of Antananarivo. 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. I am involved in two new research projects exploring the uneven development of land-grabbing for biofuels in Madagascar and Brazilian agribusiness in Mozambique.

See information about the up coming political ecology conference at Lancaster Unvieristy in Sept 2014:

http://politicalecologylancaster.wordpress.com/

Benjamin Neimark's Publications

2014

Bioprospecting a biodiversity hotspot: the political economy of natural products drug discovery for conservation goals in Madagascar

Neimark, B. & Tilghman, L. 2014 Conservation and environmental management in Madagascar. Scales, I. R. (ed.). London: Routledge, (Earthscan Conservation and Development)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2013

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

New directions in commodity chain analysis and access mapping in 'the green economy'

Neimark, B. 2013

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

2012

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Green grabbing at the 'pharm' gate: overcoming the barriers of rosy periwinkle production in southern Madagascar

Neimark, B. 2012 In : Journal of peasant studies. 39, 2, p. 423-445 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The political and moral economies of contemporary 'land grabbing' in Africa

Neimark, B. 2011

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference paper

2010

Subverting regulatory protection of ‘natural commodities’: the Prunus africana in Madagascar

Neimark, B. 09/2010 In : Development & Change. 41, 5, p. 929-954 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Models of benefit sharing natural products: opportunities and challenges in ensuring ethical natural product discovery

Neimark, B. 2009 African natural plant products: new discoveries and challenges in chemisty and quality. Juliani, H. R., Simon, J. E. & Ho, C-T. (eds.). Washington, DC: American Chemical Society

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2004

Shifting propagation: the political economy of bioprospecting in Madagascar

Neimark, B. 2004 University of California, Berkeley : Center for African Studies

Research output: Other contribution