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Matias E Margulis

Matias E Margulis
Dr Matias E Margulis
Lecturer in International Political Economy, Co-Director of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR)
B.08 19 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 651 1311
Research Interests
International political economy, International organizations, International trade, World development, Sustainable development, Food security, WTO, Human rights, Land grabbing, Biofuels, United Nations

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Dr Matias Margulis is Lecturer in International Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  His research and teaching interests are in international political economy, global governance, development and food security. Dr Margulis' work has been published in journals such as Review of International Political Economy, Global Governance, World Trade Review, Globalizations, Geopolitics and edited books include The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch (Routledge 2017) and Land Grabbing and Global Governance (Routledge 2014, edited with Nora McKeon and Saturnino Borras, Jr.).

In addition to his academic research, Dr Margulis has  extensive professional experience in the field of international policymaking.  He is a former Canadian negotiator to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).  He has also advised the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and the Scottish Parliament and consulted for international NGOs and the Brookings Institution.

Recent publications:


Matias E. Margulis (ed.), 2017. The Global Political Economy of Raúl Prebisch (Abingdon and New York: Routledge).

Matias E. Margulis, Nora McKeon & Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (eds.), 2014. Land Grabbing and Global Governance (Abingdon and New York: Routledge).


Matias E. Margulis. 2018. "The World Trade Organization between law and politics: negotiating a solution for public stockholding for food security purposes," Transntional Legal Theory 9(3-4):43-360.

Matias E. Margulis. 2018. "Negotiating From the Shadows: How the UN Shapes the Rules of the WTO," Review of International Political Economy 25(3): 364-391.

Matias E. Margulis. 2017. "The Forgotten History of Food Security in the Multilateral Trading Negotiations," World Trade Review 16(1): 25-57.

Matias E. Margulis. 2015. “Regulating Food-based Agrofuels: The Prospects and Challenges of International Trade Rules,” Canadian Food Studies 2(2): 97-106.

Matias E. Margulis. 2015. "Canada at the G8 and UN Committee on World Food Security: Forum-shifting in global food security governance," Canadian Foreign Policy 21(2): 164-178.

Matias E. Margulis. 2014. “Trading Out of the Global Food Crisis? The WTO and the Geopolitics of Agro-Power,” Geopolitics 19(2): 322-350.

Matias E. Margulis. 2013. “The Regime Complex for Food Security: Implications for the Global Hunger Challenge,” Global Governance 19(1): 53-67.

Thomas Sikor, Graeme Auld, Anthony J. Bebbington, Tor A. Benjaminsen, Bradford S. Gentry, Carol A. Hunsberger, Anne-Marie Izac, Matias E. Margulis, Tobias Plieninger, Heike Schroeder & Caroline Upton. 2013. “Global Land Governance: From Territory to Flow?” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5(5): 52-527.

Matias E. Margulis, Nora McKeon & Saturnino M. Borras Jr. 2013. “Land Grabbing and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives”, Globalizations 10(1): 1-23.

Matias E. Margulis & Tony Porter. 2013. “Governing the Global Land Grab: Multipolarity, Ideas and Complexity in Transnational Governance,” Globalizations 10(1): 65-86.

Book Chapters

Matias E. Margulis. 2018. “A New Gray Zone in Global Trade Governance? Recent Developments on Food Security at the World Trade Organization,” in Daniel Drache & Lesley Jacobs (eds.), Grey Zones in international Economic Law and Global Governance (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press): 159-182.

Matias E. Margulis. 2017. “The Global Governance of Food Security,” in Joachim Koops & Rafael Biermann (eds.), Handbook of Inter-Organizational Relations (London: Palgrave MacMillan): 503-525.

Matias E. Margulis & Jessica Duncan. 2016. “Global Food Governance: Institutions, Actors and Dynamics,” in Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner & Anthony Winson (eds.), Critical Perspectives in Food Studies (Toronto: Oxford University Press): pp. 270-295

Matias E. Margulis. 2014. “The World Trade Organization and Food Security after the Global Food Crises,” in Daniel Drache & Lesley Jacobs (eds.), Linking Global Trade and Human Rights: New Policy Space in Hard Economic Times (New York: Cambridge University Press): 236-258.

Matias E. Margulis. 2014. “Emergent Global Land Governance,” in Karen C. Seto & Anette Reenberg (eds.), Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era (Cambridge: MIT Press): 183-200.

Reports & Op-eds

Matias E. Margulis. 2017. "Ending rural hunger: Learning from a decade of Canada’s aid efforts to support global food security," Future Development blog/Brookings Institution.

Matias E. Margulis. 2017. "Canada's food and nutrition strategies," Brookings Institution/Ending Rural Hunger.

Matias E. Margulis. 2017. "Why global feminism and food security go hand in hand," 21 September.


Dr Margulis teaches Global Food Politics, International Political Economy of Development, Global Food Security Governance and contributes to Politics in  a Changing World, Global Environment: Key Issues, and International Political Economy.

Topics interested in supervising

Dr Margulis has experience supervising students with interests in: - International political economy; - United Nations system and other international organizations (e.g., WTO, World Bank); - International trade and investment; - Global and transnational governance; Economic and social human rights; - Politics of food security; and, - Commodities, natural resources and bioenergy.

If you are interested in being supervised by Matias E Margulis, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; PhD in International Development; MSc (R) Politics