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 current research focus is linked to an Ocean Frontier Institute Large Research Grant on social license and aquaculture. I am most involved in the 'social license' and 'community dynamics’ components of this large project. Together with colleagues at Memorial, we are working on a range of topics related to aquaculture and social acceptability broadly defined including marine debris, salmon naturecultures, feed bio-economies, aquaculture as frontier industry, and eco-certification. Theoretically we work at the intersection between STS and political economy.


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

Foley, P., Mather, C., Dawe, N. and Snook, J. (2019) Creative and constrained hybridisations in subarctic Inuit communities: Communal fishery development in Nunatsiavut, Canada. In C. Patrick Heidkamp and John Morrissey (eds) Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 309-326. Click here for access.

Mather, C. and Fanning, L. 2019. Is social licence ‘going rogue’?, Geographical Journal, 185(4), 498-504.

Foley, P. and Mather, C., 2019. Ocean grabbing, terraqeuous territoriality and social development, Territory, Politics and Governance, 7(3), 297-315.

Mather, C. and Fanning, L., 2019. Social licence and aquaculture: towards a research agenda, Marine Policy, 99, 275-282.

Mather, C., Johnsen, J.P., Sonvisen, S., Sridhar, A. and Stephen, J. 2017. Introduction to the themed issue – poststructural approaches to fisheries, Maritime Studies, 16:20.

Daniels, J. and Mather, C., 2017. Conservation and care: material politics and Atlantic salmon on Newfoundland’s Gander River, Maritime Studies, 16:17.

Daniels, J. and Mather, C., 2017. Conserving Atlantic salmon ‘after nature’ on Newfoundland’s Gander River, British Journal for the History of Science, DOI:

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. 

Foley, P., Mather, C. and Neis, B., 2015: Governing enclosure for coastal communities: Social embeddedness in a Canadian shrimp fishery, Marine Policy. 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.

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


Department of Geography

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