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Dr Christine Bonnin


Christine Bonnin

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Geography
1 716 8417
University College Dublin, School of Geography, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I am a Canadian - originally from Toronto, Ontario. I received my PhD in Geography from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2012, following an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). Prior to joining UCD's School of Geography in 2013, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle, Germany). A development geographer, my research interests lie in the geographies of Southeast Asia and Southwest China and the development dynamics and conceptual debates unfolding in this diverse, and from a global economy perspective, critically significant region. More specifically, my research is focused on the impacts of development schemes and neoliberal transformations on the everyday livelihoods and food security of marginalised groups in Southeast Asia (including upland ethnic minorities and workers in the informal economy). More recently, I have also been working with these themes in the context of the Global North, exploring contested marketplace redevelopment and its impacts on trader livelihoods in Dublin, Ireland and the governance of food waste in the EU. I am co-author of Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino Vietnamese Borderlands (University of Washington Press, 2015) and have published papers in several leading international journals including Geoforum, the Journal of Peasant Studies, Gender Place and Culture, Urban Geography, Land Use Policy and Asia Pacific Viewpoint. I am interested in supervising postgraduate students who wish to pursue research projects related to my interests outlined above, as well as other topics in human geography and development in the Asian region more broadly. I am the programme director for the MSc Development and the Global South and teach postgraduate classes on Development in Asia, Geographies of the Global South and the Global South Fieldwork trip to Vietnam. I also teach a number of Human Geography modules in the undergraduate programmes reflecting my theoretical/empirical interests and expertise in development geography.


  • BA
    University of Guelph Canada
  • MA
    Dalhousie University Halifax NS Canada
  • PhD
    McGill University PQ Canada