Mads Barbesgaard

Mads Barbesgaard

Associate senior lecturer

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Main research and teaching areas

  • Natural resource extraction, agrarian change and development
  • Political economy, ecology and geopolitics of the oceans
  • Contending theories in political economy

Ongoing research

My current research can be divided into two streams. The first concerns natural resource extraction and the energy transition, where I am examining emerging strategies of accumulation of various actors (mining companies, traders, investors) around so-called 'transition minerals' underpinning current technologies of decarbonisation. The second concerns the relation between emerging infectious diseases and industrial meat production with an empirical focus on poultry production systems in Denmark and Norway. What unites both streams is an interest in developing an analysis and better understanding of "classes of capital" and various strategies of accumulation amidst crises.

My PhD-work focused on struggles around use and control of natural resources in Myanmar in the post-colonial period.

My work has been published in Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Journal of Rural Studies, Geoforum and Marine Policy. 

In addition to my position at Lund University, I am an Associate with the Transnational Institute. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UKÄ subject classification

  • Human Geography
  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Globalization Studies

Free keywords

  • Political Economic Geography
  • Political Ecology


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