Daniel Banoub


Using an interdisciplinary approach that blends economic geography and environmental history, Daniel Banoub’s research interrogates the dynamic relationship between capitalism, science, and natural resource extraction in Newfoundland and Labrador over the longue durée.

He has two active research projects. First, he is revising his SSHRC and Rothermere Fellowship funded dissertation for a monograph to be published with ISER Books, entitled Fishing measures: capitalist natures on the saltfish frontier. Using archival and secondary sources, the study examines the rise of quantification in the organization and regulation of Newfoundland’s saltfish industry between the late 1880s and the late 1930s. The book contributes to understanding of developments in global fishing by showing how the post-WW2 industrialization of fishing was preceded and enabled by the emergence of quantitative forms of knowledge in this key period. Shifting his focus from marine to mineral resources, Banoub’s second research project focuses on the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and the development of the island’s mineral resources. Other maritime research interests include the political economy of contemporary forms of aquaculture, and the role of the ocean in processes of planetary urbanization.


Banoub completed his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Manchester in October 2016, with a focus on the political economy of Newfoundland’s fishing industry, under the supervision of Professors Noel Castree and Erik Swyngedouw. Between 2016 and 2018, he was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at Memorial University. Currently he is an ISER Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of History at Memorial.


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


Banoub D 2018 Buying vitamins: Newfoundland cod liver oil and the real subsumption of nature, 1919-1939 Geoforum 92 1-8 doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.03.002

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 Natural Resources Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of GeographyRichard- son D, Castree N, Goodchild M, Liu W, Kobayashi A & Marston R eds Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford and Malden doi: 10.1002/9781118786352.wbieg0496

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 doi: 10.14324/111.444.ljcs.2016v31.004


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