Resources

We live in a world of diminishing resources. Demand for many fuels and minerals far exceeds supply and the global battles to access and control these key resources are intensifying. In this exciting new series leading international experts explore the geopolitical battles to access and control many of the world's natural assets. From oil to water, food to land, these provocative and illuminating books offer big-picture analyses of the complex power struggles at play, the problems and challenges to which they give rise and their implications for the future.

Land

Coffee

Gavin Fridell

St Mary's University, Canada

12.99/$19.95

"Gavin Fridell's insightful, well-argued and up-to-date analysis of the world coffee economy demonstrates that the state's role in coffee statecraft continues to be essential to creating a more just division of the earnings in the world of coffee. As well as providing a thorough guide to the economics and politics of one of the world's most important commodities, this book will spark much needed debate about the nature of neoliberalism and market-based solutions to economic and social problems."

Steven Topik, University of California Irvine

Land

Diamonds

Ian Smillie

Independent Scholar

12.99/$19.95

"Ian Smillie examines the messy diamond trade from the soil upward in this valuable book. He knows far more about diamonds than any dealer, and he cuts through decades of haze to tell you the truth."

— Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit and Desire

Land

Land

Derek Hall

Wilfrid Laurier University

12.99/$19.95

Land is one of the world's most emotionally resonant resources, and control over it is fundamental to almost all human activity. From the local level to the global, we are often in conflict over the ground beneath our feet. But because human relationships to land are so complex, it can be difficult to think them through in a unified way. This path-breaking book aims to change that by combining insights from multiple disciplines to develop a framework for understanding the geopolitics of land today.

Water

Water

David Lewis Feldman

University of California, Irvine

12.99/$19.95

"Feldman's useful and clear overview of the modern world of water makes a very strong case overall for the involvement of scientists and local people in planning."

The Guardian

Oil

Oil

Gavin Bridge & Philippe Le Billon

University of Manchester; University of British Columbia

12.99/$19.95

"You will not find a better guide to the new geopolitics of hydrocarbons."

Michael Ross,, University of California Los Angeles

Food

Food

Jennifer Clapp

University of Waterloo

12.99/$19.95

"In this admirably clear exposition Clapp explains the increasing 'financialisation' of and speculation in food commodities. Will sub-prime eaters be blamed for some future market crash? It makes you think twice about a second breakfast."

The Guardian

Fish

Fish

Elizabeth R. DeSombre & J. Samuel Barkin

Wellesley College; University of Florida

12.99/$19.95

"A great environmental case study. Once you've read this book, you'll be hooked."

The Ecologist

Timber

Timber

Peter Dauvergne & Jane Lister

University of British Columbia

12.99/$19.95

"In what increasingly reads like a Sherlock Holmes thriller, the authors unravel the alliances and corruption of the giant multinational players involved in the rape of the forests."

Irish Examiner

Coltan

Coltan

Michael Nest

Independent Scholar

12.99/$19.95

"A clear, thorough and urgent contribution to our understanding of what's going on - and, hopefully, to the campaign to end it."

New Internationalist