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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 principle areas of research. First, he has examined the history and politics of grain marketing on the Canadian prairies, with a focus on 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 has recently been published as a book entitled, When Wheat was King, by UBC Press.

His second area of research focus is the financialization of agrifood systems. Here Dr. Magnan has examined changing patterns of farm structure and ownership in Canada and Australia, documenting how financial investors of different stripes are buying farmland on a large scale. Part of a multi-year study funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, this research aims to understand how new patterns of farmland ownership could affect family farmers, rural communities, and the agricultural industry.

Recent Publications

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.

Magnan, André. 2012. “Food Regimes.” In The Handbook of Food History. Jeffrey Pilcher, editor. pp. 370-388. New York: Oxford University Press.

Magnan, André. 2012. “New avenues of farm corporatization in the prairie grains sector: farm family entrepreneurs and the case of One Earth Farms.” Agriculture and Human Values 29 (2): 161-175.

Magnan, André. 2011. “Bread in the economy of qualities: the creative reconstitution of the Canada-UK commodity chain for wheat.” Rural Sociology 76 (2):197-228.

Magnan, André. 2011. “The limits of farmer-control: food sovereignty and conflicts over the Canadian Wheat Board.”  In Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems. Hannah Wittman, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, and Nettie Wiebe, editors. pp. 114-133. Halifax: Fernwood Books.