Editorial team

Editors Emeriti

T.J. Byres

Terence J. Byres

Terence J. Byres is Emeritus Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London. He is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change, as well as of the Journal of Development Studies and The Journal of Peasant Studies. He has seminal publications on agrarian questions, class differentiation, rural social movements and the state and planning in the developing world, especially India.

Henry Bernstein

Henry Bernstein is Emeritus Professor of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. He is one of the founding editors of the Journal of Agrarian Change. He has made pioneering contributions to peasant studies, agrarian political economy and development studies, especially in relation to Africa.


Cristóbal Kay is Emeritus Professor in Rural Development and Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands; Professorial Research Associate of the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London; Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador; and Associate Professor, Unidad Académica en Estudios de Desarrollo, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Mexico. His research interests are in the fields of rural development and development theory, with particular reference to Latin America.
Bridget O’Laughlin is currently doing research on the political economy of gender, work and rural health with a regional focus on Southern Africa, particularly Mozambique. Her teaching and research have been interdisciplinary: anthropology in her early career, (Marxist) development studies at the Centre of African Studies in Mozambique, and finally population and development, rural development and research methodology at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague from which she is now retired.
Jens Lerche is Reader in Agrarian and Labour Studies in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. His research focuses on India. His research interests include the political economy of agrarian transformation, and class and caste relations in agrarian transition; the political economy of labour relations, unfree labour and rural labour migration; and struggles, movements and labour organisations.
Carlos Oya is Professor in the Political Economy of Development in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. He has done research and fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly on and in Senegal, Mozambique, Mauritania, Ethiopia and Uganda. His main research interests are: agrarian political economy, political economy of development, development of capitalism, development policy, the political economy of liberalisation and agrarian reforms, poverty, rural labour markets, development aid, and research methodology.
Liam Campling is Reader in Political Economy in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in the theory, politics and industrial organisation of the business enterprise and global value chains; international trade policy; and the political economy of development and the environment. He is currently working on a project that looks at the relationship between capitalism and the sea, both historically and theoretically. Liam was previously a Book Review Editor of the Journal.
Jonathan Pattenden is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia. His research analyses processes of accumulation, exploitation, and resistance through a focus on rural-based labour, circular migration, state-society relations, government poverty reduction programmes, pro-labouring class government regulations, and organisations of the labouring class.
Helena Pérez Niño is Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the political economy of development in Southern Africa, and on the articulation of agricultural producers and workers with global production networks. She has published on migrant labour, natural resources and foreign aid in Southern Africa.

Book Review Editor

Shreya Sinha (aqs.jac@gmail.com) is Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography at University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD from the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Her research focuses on capital accumulation, class differentiation and neoliberalism in rural northwest India. Shreya is also the curator of the Agrarian Questions website.

Editorial Assistant

Enrique Castañon is a PhD student in the Department of Development Studies at SOAS University of London. Funded by a SOAS Research Studentship, his PhD project explores the contradictory development of agrarian capitalism amongst smallholders in eastern Bolivia. Before joining SOAS, he has conducted research and consultancy work for various organizations in his home country of Bolivia, including Oxfam, Trocaire, the United Nations and the Ministry of Rural Development.

Former members

Deborah Johnston is Professor in Development Economics at SOAS University of London. She researched the political economy of food and nutrition, the analysis and measurement of poverty, and the interrelationship between economics, labour markets and health. Deborah was a long-term Editor of the Journal.
Hannah Bargawi is Senior Lecturer in Economics at SOAS University of London. Her recent research focuses on issues of gender and work in the Middle East and in Europe. She also works on East Africa where her research interests span gender, employment, macroeconomic policies and agriculture. Hannah was a long-standing Book Review Editor of the Journal.