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Personal Statement

I re-joined the Department of Human Resource Management at Strathclyde after spending several years linking participative research and education methods towards community transformation,  labour organisation and environmental management.  My research has linked social and physical sciences through Geography and Sociology and currently explores migration and worker resistance in relation to corporate agroenergy monoculture, and investigates socially committed,integrated food and energy production along with engineering scientists and rural workers in Brazil and Scotland.    

Teaching Interests

I have taught on the Department's undergraduate course and the Masters in International Human Resource Management over the last two years. I have also taught extensively in community education settings and on the Sustainable Communities course with Queen's University Belfast

Expertise & Capabilities

Experienced in participative and action research methodologies; consistently worked across disciplines to place changes to work and labour in the context of new technologies, new sites of production and emerging commodity chains.  Creative group facilitation and worker representation beyond traditional academic practices.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield

Bachelor of Science, Queen's University Belfast

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Research Output

The mythical shapeshifting of capital and petrification of labour: deepening conflict on the agrofuel frontier

Garvey, B., Souza, E. A., Rodrigues Mendonça, M., dos Santos, C. V. & Portes Virginio, F. V., 30 Sep 2019, In : Antipode. 51, 4, p. 1185-1209 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    46 Downloads (Pure)

    A ocupação do Cerrado goiano pelo agronegócio canavieiro

    Translated title of the contribution: The Cerrado biome occupation through the sugarcane agribusinessRodrigues de Oliveira, A., Gomes Ferreira, L. C. & Garvey, B., 12 Aug 2018, In : Revista Nera. 21, 43, p. 79-100 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    The transnational chains of super-exploitation in the 21st century : the experiences of Haitian workers in Brazil

    Author: Portes Virginio, F. V., 27 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Stewart, P. (Supervisor) & Garvey, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Best doctoral presentation

    Brian Garvey (Recipient), 2003

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Migration and transformation: confronting the deficit in labour rights

    Brian Garvey (Organiser)
    5 Oct 201912 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Exemptions from the values of life across new energy commodity chains

    Brian Garvey (Speaker)
    10 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk