Professor Jun Borras

Professor in Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS)

Jun Borras has been a long-term leading collaborator and guide for TNI's work on agrarian and environmental justice.

In 2017, he was co-convenor of the annual conferences for the Institute for Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS) and for the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS), which is a similar collective, but largely with a focus on BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries policies and dynamics, as well as their implications for global agrarian transformations.

The ICAS conference was organized together with EHNE Bizkaia in April in Vitoria, Northern Spain. The annual BICAS conference was held in October in Moscow, hosted by RANEPA, on the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of the Russian revolution. Former TNI fellows Theodor Shanin and Boris Kagarlisky were part of the conference.

In addition to involvement in planning the conferences, Jun was a co-writer of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) framing paper on confronting authoritarian populism. He was also involved in the ERPI call for grants.

Jun participated in a project, in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) that produced a toolkit for participatory action research, aimed at strengthening the capacity of grassroots communities in Mali, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa to address through action research, situations of land and other natural resource grabbing that are threatening their lives and livelihoods. The project reached its denouement in 2017.

Jun was also involved in research activities for the MOSAIC project, which explores the link between climate change mitigation/adaptation and land grabbing with the aim to strengthen understanding of these dynamics and build capacity for more effective state policies and grassroots action and interaction, for socially and environmentally just outcomes in the case study areas and beyond.