With the end of the winter term I move into a period of quite hectic activity. I have just started work on a new book, Feast or Famine: Small Farmers, Industrial Agriculture and the Future of Food and this will occupy a good deal of my time over the spring and into the summer. In addition, I am revising an article for publication in Third World Quarterly and a chapter in an edited book on the agrarian transition in India. The spring is also conference season for academics, and this is no different for me. I will be part of a plenary at both Historical Materialism Toronto as well as the annual meetings of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development in May, and will deliver a keynote address to the international conference on Feeding Cities: Rural-Urban Connections and the Future of Family Farming, being held at Ryerson University in June.
In mid-May I will also lead a masterclass for DPhil research students in development studies at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom, as well as a class for MA and PhD students at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, in June. Also in terms of teaching, June is the time when I prepare my fall and winter courses at Trent University. My University administrative tasks will also continue.
In terms of my advisory work, I will continue in my role as a Gender and Poverty Adviser to the United Nations Development Programme's Gender Team. During the spring I will be starting preparations for a couple of assignments that will take place in the summer, in Vietnam and in Kenya, where I facilitate capacity-building activities in gender-responsive economics and economic and environmental policy. I have also agreed to act as an external adviser to an independent evaluation of UN Women's activities in women's economic empowerment.
It will be a busy spring.