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André Magnan

Associate Professor
Bachelor of Science, Honours (Biochemistry), University of Saskatchewan; Master of Arts (Social Studies), University of Regina; PhD (Sociology), University of Toronto

Office: CL 234
Phone: 306-585-4863
Fax: 306-585-4815

André Magnan is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina. His research and teaching interests include the sociology of agrifood systems, globalization and development, and sociological theory. Dr. Magnan has two principal areas of research. First, he has studied the financialization of agrifood systems, with a focus on changing patterns of farmland ownership and control. Here Dr. Magnan has documented how financial investors of different stripes are buying farmland on a large scale. Along with Annette Desmarais, he is leading a multi-year study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that aims to understand how investor activity and farmland ownership concentration are affecting family farmers, rural communities, and the agricultural industry in the Canadian prairie provinces.

Second, he has examined the history and politics of grain marketing on the Canadian prairies, in particular, the rise and fall of the Canadian Wheat Board, one of Canada’s most important agricultural institutions. Dr. Magnan’s research on the history of the Canada-UK wheat trade and the CWB was published in 2016 as a book entitled, When Wheat was King, by UBC Press.

Recent Publications

Magnan, André, with Fred Tait and Stewart Wells. 2019. “Organizing the market: The Canadian Wheat Board,” in Frontline Farmers: How the NFU Resists Agribusiness and Creates our New Food Future, edited by Annette Desmarais, Fernwood Books.

Bjorkhaug, Hilde, André Magnan, and Geoffrey Lawrence, editors. 2018. The Financialization of Agri-Food Systems: Contested Transformations. Routledge. Magnan, André.

Magnan, André. 2018. “Farmland Values: Media and Public Discourses around Farmland Investment in Canada and Australia.” In The Financialization of Agri-Food Systems: Contested Transformations, Hilde Bjorkhaug, André Magnan, and Geoffrey Lawrence, editors. Routledge.

Magnan, André and Sean Sunley. 2016. “Farmland investment and financialization in Saskatchewan, 2003–2014: An empirical analysis of farmland transactions.” Journal of Rural Studies (49): 92-103.

Desmarais, Annette, Darrin Qualman, André Magnan, and Nettie Wiebe. 2016. “Investor ownership or social Investment? Changing farmland ownership in Saskatchewan, Canada.” Agriculture and Human Values

Magnan, André. 2016. When Wheat was King: The Rise and Fall of the Canada-UK Grain Trade. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie, Darrin Qualman, André Magnan and Nettie Wiebe. 2015. “Land grabbing and land concentration: Mapping changing patterns of farmland ownership in three rural municipalities in Saskatchewan, Canada.” Journal of Canadian Food Studies 2(1): 16-47.

Sommerville, Melanie and André Magnan. 2015. “‘Pinstripes on the Prairies’: examining the financialization of farming systems in the Canadian Prairie Provinces.” Journal of Peasant Studies. Published on-line, January 12. 10.1080/03066150.2014.990894

Magnan, André. 2014. “La Commission canadienne du blé : controverses autour des enjeux de régulation des marchés agricoles.” In Sociologie des grandes cultures. Au coeur du modèle industriel agricole, Antoine Bernard de Raymond and Frédéric Goulet, editors. Versailles : Éditions Quae.

Magnan, André. 2014. “The rise and fall of a prairie giant: the Canadian Wheat Board in food regime history.” In The Neoliberal Regime in the Agri-Food Sector: Crisis, Resilience and Restructuring. Steven Wolf and Alessandro Bonanno, editors. pp. 73-90. New York: Routledge.