SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dr Leandro Vergara-Camus

BA (UQAM, Montréal); MA (UNAM, México); PhD (York, Toronto)
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Leandro Vergara-Camus
Department of Development Studies

Senior Lecturer in the Theory, Policy and Practice of Development

Dr Leandro Vergara-Camus
Email address:
020 7898 4228
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Academic Support Hours:
Thur 10-12 (by appointment),
On Sabbatical:
Term 1 (2019/20)


Before joining the SOAS, Leandro taught on development and international political economy at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Prior to this, he taught on Latin American politics, comparative politics, political violence, social movements and social change at the University of Ottawa, McMaster University and York University in Canada. He has conducted research on the Latin American left, the Zapatista movement in Chiapas and the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil, peasant agriculture, and the history of land struggles over property rights in Latin America. His fields of expertise include theories of development, political economy of development, and historical sociology of state and class formation. His current research is on the internationalisation of the Brazilian sugarcane ethanol industry.


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Authored Books

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2014) Land and freedom : the MST, the Zapatistas and peasant alternatives to neoliberalism. London: Zed Books.


Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2017) 'Capitalism, Democracy, and the Degrowth Horizon'. Capitalism Nature Socialism, (30) 2, pp 217-233.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro and Kay, Cristobal (2017) 'Agribusiness, peasants, left-wing governments, and the state in Latin America: An overview and theoretical reflections'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (17) 2, pp 239-257.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro and Kay, Cristobal (2017) 'The agrarian political economy of left-wing governments in Latin America: Agribusiness, peasants, and the limits of neo-developmentalism'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (17) 2, pp 415-437.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2013) 'Review Essay. Rural Social Movements in Latin America: In the Eye of the Storm'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (13) 4, pp 590-606.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2012) 'The Legacy of Social Conflicts over Property Rights in Rural Brazil and Mexico: Current Land Struggles in Historical Perspectives'. Journal of Peasant Studies, (39) 5, pp 1133-1158.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2011) 'Globalización, tierra, resistencia y autonomía: el EZLN y el MST'. Revista Mexicana de Sociología, (73) 3, pp 387-414.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2011) 'Globalização, terra e autonomía na luta do EZLN e do MST'. Lutas Sociais, (27).

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2009) 'The MST and the EZLN’s Struggle for Land: New Forms of Peasant Rebellions'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (9) 3, pp 365-391.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2009) 'The Politics of the MST: Autonomous Rural Communities, the State and Electoral Politics'. Latin American Perspectives, (36) 4, pp 178-191.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2005) 'The Zapatistas in Power: More than a Movement, Much More than a Party'. Relay, (6), pp 26-28.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro and Hevia-Pacheco, P. (2005) 'Éducation populaire et émancipation: l’expérience des travailleurs ruraux sans-terre au Brésil'. Education Canada, (45) 3, pp 11-15.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2005) 'The Experience of the Landless Workers Movement and the Lula Government'. INTERthesis, (2) 1.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2004) 'Partido socialista chileno: adeus ao povo'. Lutas Sociais, (11-12), pp 136-147.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2001) 'Entre la crisis y la pared: Zapatismo y la renovación de la izquierda latinoamericana'. Trayectorias, (3) 4/5, pp 164-184.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (1999) 'Chile, ¿‘el Jaguar de Suramérica’?: mito y realidad'. Quorum, (67), pp 205-213.

Edited Books or Journals

Kay, Cristóbal and Vergara-Camus, Leandro, (eds.), (2018) La cuestión agraria y los gobiernos de izquierda en América Latina. Buenos Aires: CLASCO.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro and Kay, Cristóbal, (eds.), (2017) Special Issue: Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions. Wiley. (Journal of Agrarain Change; 17 (2)).

Book Chapters

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2017) 'Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism'. In: Veltmeyer, Henry and Bowles, Paul, (eds.), The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 426-434.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2014) 'Taking Control: Decommodification and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism in Mexico and Brazil'. In: Marois, Thomas and Pradella, Lucia, (eds.), Polarising development : alternatives to neoliberalism and the crisis. London: Pluto Press, pp 169-179.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2014) 'Tomando el Control: Autonomía, subsistencia y de-mercantilización. Gérmenes de Otra Economía en las luchas de los Zapatistas en Chiapas y los Sin Tierra en Brasil'. In: Coraggio, José-Luis and Laville, Jean-Luis, (eds.), Economía, Sociedad y Política. Volumen 2: Los desafíos de la economía social y solidaria. Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires: UNGS-Imago Mundi. [Forthcoming]

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2013) 'Sugarcane Ethanol: the Hen of the Golden Eggs? Agrarian Capital and the State under Lula’s Presidency'. In: Spronk, Susan and Webber, Jefferey, (eds.), Crisis and Contradiction: Marxist Perspectives on Latin America in the Global Economy. Leiden: Brill Publishers, pp 211-235.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2013) 'Against the Current: Revolution in Times of Neoliberal Hegemony. The Political Strategy of the MST in Brazil and the EZLN in Mexico'. In: Carr, Barry and Webber, Jefferey, (eds.), The New Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire. Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, pp 95-115.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2007) 'EZLN'. In: Anderson, G. L. and Herr, K. G., (eds.), Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp 511-513.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2007) 'MIR, Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria'. In: Anderson, G. L. and Herr, K. G., (eds.), Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp 963-964.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2007) 'La Nueva Canción'. In: Anderson, G. L. and Herr, K. G., (eds.), Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp 823-824.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2007) 'Marcos, Subcomandante'. In: Anderson, G. L. and Herr, K. G., (eds.), Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp 899-900.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2007) 'Partido dos Trabalhadores, Workers Party'. In: Anderson, G. L. and Herr, K. G., (eds.), Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Vol. 3. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp 1094-1095.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2002) 'Impérialisme'. In: Macleod, A. and Dufault, E. and Dufour, G., (eds.), Relations Internationales: Théories et Concepts. Outremont, Quebec: Athéna, pp 76-80.

Monographs and Working Papers

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2016) Why social movements matter for addressing inequalities and ensuring social justice. Paris: UNESCO.

Book Reviews

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2013) 'Review Article: This Land is Ours Now: Social Mobilization and the Meanings of Land in Brazil, Wendy Wolford, Durham, NC.: Duke University Press, 2010'. Historical Materialism, (21) 2, pp 169-178.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2011) 'Book Review of "Land, Protest, and Politics: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for Agrarian Reform in Brazil", by Gabriel Ondetti'. Journal of Agrarian Change, (11) 1, pp 129-132.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2010) 'Book Review of "Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization", edited by June Borras, Marc Edelman and Crístobal Kay'. European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, (88), pp 128-130.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2009) 'Book Review of "Peasants and Globalization: Political Economy, Rural Transformation and the Agrarian Question”, edited by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi and Cristóbal Kay'. Journal of Peasant Studies, (36) 3, pp 711-713.

Vergara-Camus, Leandro (2009) 'Book Review of "Accountability Politics: Power and Voice in Rural Mexico" by Jonathan Fox'. Bulletin of Latin American Research, (28) 3, pp 463-464.


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