Oxford University, 1999, DPhil


My research interests bring together political geography, political ecology, and war studies. I have focused most of my work on the links between natural resources and armed conflicts, but also examined the political economy of war and reconstruction, the resource curse, corruption, as well as natural disasters and political crises. Most of my fieldwork has been conducted in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, but I also have a long-standing interest in Latin America. I tend to use historically grounded fieldwork approaches, occasionally using comparative and large-N quantitative methods. While remaining targeted at an academic audience, I have also thrived to make some of my work policy relevant. I am currently working on the governance of extractive sectors, food security, as well as violence and space.

Pr. Le Billon holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues, Faculty of Arts.


GAMU, J., LE BILLON, P. and SPIEGEL, S.J. 2015 ‘Extractive Industries and Poverty: A Review of Recent Findings and Linkage Mechanisms’ Extractive Industries and Society 2(1), 162-176 [30%]

BELHABIB, D., SUMAILA, U.R., LAM, V.W.Y, ZELLER, D., LE BILLON, P., KANE, E.A. and PAULY, D. 2015 ‘Euros vs. Yuan: Comparing European and Chinese Fishing Access in West Africa’ PLOS ONE DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0118351 [5%]

LE BILLON, P. 2015 ‘Oil, Secession and the Future of Iraqi Federalism’ Middle East Policy XXII(1), 68-76



PÉREZ NIÑO, H. and LE BILLON, P. 2014 ‘Foreign Aid, Resource Rents, and State Fragility in Mozambique and Angola’ Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 656(1), 79-96 [40%]

SOMMERVILLE, M., ESSEX, J. and LE BILLON, P. 2014 ‘The ‘Global Food Crisis’ and the Geopolitics of Food Security’ Geopolitics 19(2), 239-265 [20%]

GONG, Q. and LE BILLON, P. 2014 ‘Feeding (On) Geopolitical Anxieties: Asian Appetites, News Media Framing and the 2007-8 Food Crisis’ Geopolitics 19(2), 291-321 [30%]

LE BILLON, P. 2014 ‘Natural resources and corruption in post-war transitions: Matters of trust’ Third World Quarterly 35, 770-786



ELDER, S., ZERRIFFI, H. and LE BILLON, P. 2013 ‘Is Fairtrade certification greening agricultural practices? An analysis of Fairtrade environmental standards in Rwanda’ Journal of Rural Studies 32, 264-274

LE BILLON, P. and VANDERCASTEYEN, R. 2013 ‘(Dis)connecting Alberta’s Tar Sands and British Columbia’s North Coast’ Studies in Political Economy 91



ELDER, S., ZERRIFFI, H. and LE BILLON, P. 2012 ‘Effects of Fair Trade certification on social capital: The case of Rwandan coffee producers’ World Development 40(11), 2355-2367 (15%)

LE BILLON, P. 2012 ‘Digging Into ‘Resource War’ Beliefs’ Human Geography 5(2), 26-40

BRIDGE, G. and LE BILLON, P. 2012 Oil (Cambridge: Polity Press)

BAIRD, I. and LE BILLON, P. 2012 ‘Landscapes of political memories: War legacies and land negotiations in Laos’ Political Geography 31(5), 290-300

LE BILLON, P. 2012 Wars of Plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources (London, New York: Hurst and Columbia University Press)



LE BILLON, P. 2011 ‘Bankrupting Peace Spoilers: What Role for UN Peacekeepers?’ Sustainable Development Law & Policy 12(1), 13-17, 53-55

Winter 2018

GEOG329 Political Geography Sections

The heritage of political geography; the spatial structure of political organization including regional and global structures.

Winter 2018

GEOG390A Geography of Selected Regions - SELECTED REGIONS Sections

A geographical analysis of selected regions not regularly included in the Department's offerings in regional geography (e.g., tropical Africa, Oceania). Students should consult the Department regarding regions to be covered.

Winter 2018

GEOG496 Geography of Africa Sections

A comparative regional analysis of Africa with a focus on contemporary environmental and development issues. Credit will be allowed for only one of GEOG 396 and 496.