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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

E mail: cmather[at]

I am an economic geographer, but my interests include both cultural and environmental aspects of economic change and restructuring. My first degree was from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) and subsequently I received an MA from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from Queen's.

My research has focused on the impact of globalisation and market liberalisation on food and agriculture in South and Southern Africa. Much of my recent research has been informed by value chain analysis. Over the last 5 years or so my research has worked its way through the major food groups: I have worked on fruit and vegetables (especially citrus), wine, dairy and fish commodities with an emphasis on the impact of market liberalisation and globalisation. My research on food commodity chains has also emphasised the impact of restructuring on farm workers.

NEW: As part of my SSHRC Insight Grant on northern shrimp, I am beginning to explore the role of bycatch excluder devices in the industry. There is a funded MA project associated with this research. The research is also part of Memorial's new WasteSTS hub. I am calling this new part of my research 'Wasted Fish'. 


Research and Teaching Interests

  • Globalisation and agri-food restructuring
  • Food value chains
  • Biosecurity

Selected publications

  • 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.
  • Badenhorst, C. and Mather, C., 2014. Blogging geographies, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/03098265.2014.908276. Available here.
  • 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