Daniel Banoub

Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography
Memorial University
Email: d.banoub@mun.ca
Twitter: @dbanoub
Office: SN 1034


My research focuses on the political economy of natural resource extraction and management across varying time periods and spatial scales. Using an interdisciplinary approach, I am interested in the dynamic, contested, and spatially uneven relationship between capitalism, knowledge, and the environment over the longue dureĢe. My dissertation examined scientific, technological, and organizational innovations in Newfoundland’s saltfish industry between 1887 and 1937. I sought to understand how the materiality of fish and ocean-space shaped capital accumulation and how it was reshaped by capital in fin-de-siècle Newfoundland. I am currently revising my thesis into a book manuscript, tentatively titled Fishing measures: capitalist natures on the saltfish frontier. My postdoctoral research is investigating James Howley (1847-1918), the Geological Survey of Newfoundland, and the embodied production of geological knowledge.


PhD University of Manchester, Geography (2012-2016)
MA York University, Social Anthropology (2009-2011)
BA (Hons) Memorial University, Anthropology (2005-2009)

Research Interests

Environmental geography, geographical political economy, historical geography, fisheries and aquaculture, Newfoundland and Labrador


Banoub D (forthcoming) Buying vitamins: Newfoundland cod liver oil and the real subsumption of nature, 1919-1939 Geoforum

Arboleda M and Banoub D 2018 Market Monstrosity in Industrial Fishing: Capital as Subject and the Urbanization of Nature Social and Cultural Geography 19(1), 120-138 DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2016.1266025

Banoub D 2017 (in press) Natural Resources Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography Richardson D, Castree N, Goodchild M, Liu W, Kobayashi A & Marston R eds Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford and Malden

Bavington D and Banoub D 2016 Marine Fish Farming and the Blue Revolution: Culturing Cod Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada London Journal of Canadian Studies 31(1) 35-44

Banoub D 2015 Fish stocks in crisis: Why can’t we exploit fish sustainably? Geography Review 28(3) 10-14

Banoub D 2014 Book Review: Saving global fisheries: reducing fishing capacity to promote sustainability by Barkin S and DeSombre E R Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 32(1) 187-188

Banoub D 2014 Book Review: Fields and Streams: Stream Restoration, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Environmental Science by Lave R Progress in Human Geography 38(4) 628-629

Banoub D 2012 Fogo Island Arriving: An Anti-Essentialist Reading of the Production of Place Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 27(1) 33-62

Selected conference presentations

May 2017 Time, Moisture-Discipline, and Industrial Capitalism: Storage infrastructures and the materiality of commodity circulation Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference Toronto, ON (with Sarah Martin)

May 2017 Confronting the ‘Capitalocean:’ geography, global oceanic change, and the politics of knowledge Memorial-Dalhousie Collaborative Workshop, “Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas: Ethics, Community, Culture, 1867-2067,” Halifax, NS

January 2017 Selling vitamins: nature, capital, and science in Newfoundland’s cod liver oil industry, 1919-1939 Department of Geography Blue Box Seminar Series Memorial University, St. John’s, NL

April 2015 (Re)making fish: nature and capital in Newfoundland and Labrador’s cod fishery American Association of Geographers Annual Conference Chicago, IL

May 2014 Making Fish: Deborah Wickwire’s “Cod” and the Political Economy of Cod Production in Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Canadian Studies Conference Fredericton, NB

August 2013 Aquaculture as an Accumulation Strategy Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference St. John’s, NL



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