Charles Mather

 Department of Geography
 Memorial University of            Newfoundland
 St. John's, NL
 A1B 3X9

 Office: SN 2017
 Tel: (709) 864-8193
 Fax: (709) 864-3119



Globalization, Economy & Resources

Sustainable Communities & Regions

Health & Well-being

My research examines the impact of globalisation and market liberalisation on food production. My earlier work focused on these processes in South and Southern Africa. I have worked on fruit and vegetables (especially citrus), wine and dairy production. Much of this research was informed by the global value chain framework. More recently I have worked on northern shrimp in Atlantic Canada, a project that is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Insight Grant. This research examines questions of resource allocation, community sustainability, and shrimp quality in export markets.

My work on shrimp intersects and contributes to Memorial’s WasteSTS hub through very new research that is following the Nordmore grate, a bycatch excluder device invented in Norway in the early 1990s. The device has since spread to North America, South America, Australia and several countries in Africa. I am calling this new part of my research ‘Wasted Fish’. 


My first degree was from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where I majored in Geography and Industrial Sociology. I subsequently received an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from Queen’s in Kingston.

Selected Publications

New: Foley, P. and Mather, C. 2016. Making Space for Community Use Rights: Insights From “Community Economies” in Newfoundland and Labrador, Society & Natural Resources, This paper is open access. 

New: Foley, P., Mather, C. and Neis, B., 2015: Governing enclosure for coastal communities: Social embeddedness in a Canadian shrimp fishery, Marine Policy, in press. This paper is open access and can be downloaded here.

New: Badenhorst, C. and Mather, C., 2014. Blogging geographies, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/03098265.2014.908276. This paper has been selected as an 'editor's choice' publication and so is freely available here until the middle of 2016.

Mather, C., 2014. Avian influenza multiple: Enacting realities and dealing with policies in South Africa's farmed ostrich sector. Journal of Rural Studies, 33, 99-106.

Mather, C., 2013. From cod to shellfish and back again? The new resource geography and Newfoundland's fish economy, Applied Geography, 45, 402-409.

Mather, C., 2012. ‘Biosecurity and globalising economic spaces’, Urbani izziv, 23(2), 195-203.

Mather, C., 2011: Assembling geographies of crisis, Dialogues in Human Geography, 1, 342-345.

Mather, C. and Marshall, A., 2011: Biosecurity's unruly spaces, Geographical Journal, 4, 300-310.

Lepawsky, J. and Mather, C., 2011: From beginnings and endings to boundaries and edges: rethinking the circulation and exchange of electronic waste, Area, 43(3), 242-249.

Hammett, D. and Mather, C., 2011: Beyond decoding: political cartoons in the classroom, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35(1), 103-119.

Mather, C and Marshall, A 2011: Living with disease? Biosecurity and avian influenza in ostriches, Agriculture and Human Values, 28(2), 153-165.

Ian Cook...Charles Mather et al 2011: Geographies of food: 'Afters'
Progress in Human Geography, 35(1), 104-120.

Mather, C. 2007. Between the global and local: South African geography after apartheid, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 31(1), 143-160

Mather, C. and Mackenzie, C. 2006. The body in transnational commodity cultures, Journal of Social and Cultural Geography, 7(3), 403-421

Mather, C. and Greenberg, S. 2003. Market liberalization in post-apartheid South Africa: the deregulation of citrus exports, Journal of Southern African Studies, 29(2), 393-412

Mather, C. 2002. Maps, measurements and landmines: deploying development and the global landmines crisis, Environment and Planning A, 34(2), 239-250


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