dr. MR (Mark) Vicol

dr. MR (Mark) Vicol

Universitair docent

My research focuses on the intersections between rural livelihoods, development and agrarian change in South and Southeast Asia. As a geographer, I place emphasis on integrative approaches to understanding patterns of change at the intersections of micro-scale rural livelihoods and macro-scale economic and social structures. My research interests include the changing relationships between land, agriculture and rural livelihoods; the livelihood implications for rural households of modern agricultural global value chains, and the politics of value chain development; the relationship between changing livelihood patterns and food security / food sovereignty, and broader political economy questions about land and the future of small farmers and agriculture in the region.

I completed my PhD in human geography at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney in 2016. My PhD thesis, titled Potatoes, Peasants and Livelihoods: A Critical Exploration of Contract Farming and Agrarian Change in Maharashtra, India, explores the implications of contract farming for rural livelihoods and agrarian change in India, based on intensive fieldwork in three rural villages in India in 2013 and 2014. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney (2016-2018) and the University of Sydney's inaugural New Generation Network Scholar for India (2018).