Dr. Matthew Schnurr

Associate Professor, Department of International Development
Dalhousie University
Bio: Dr. Schnurr is the lead organizer of this conference. Trained as an environmental geographer, Dr. Schnurr’s research investigates the potential for Genetically Modified crops to help alleviate poverty and hunger in Africa. He has conducted extensive fieldwork on this topic with farmers in both Uganda and South Africa. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Africa’s Gene Revolution: Genetically Modified Crops and the Future of African Agriculture.

Dr. Lincoln Addison

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Bio: Dr. Addison is a co-organizer of the conference. His research examines the political-economic and environmental consequences of changing agricultural systems in Africa, with a focus on South Africa, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He is a member of the international advisory board for the Journal of Agrarian Change.

Michael Oman-Reagan

Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Bio: Michael Oman-Reagan is the online content and social media consultant for the conference. His doctoral research on the Anthropology of Space includes work on space science, interstellar travel, SETI, astrobiology, plants in space, and speculative fiction. He completed his M.A. in Anthropology at Hunter College, City University of New York. His M.A. thesis Occupying Cyberspace: Indonesian Cyberactivism and Occupy Wall Street was the first ethnography of the Indonesian Occupy movement.

Lucy Hinton

M.A. Student, International Development Studies
Dalhousie University
Bio: Lucy Hinton is the logistics coordinator for the conference, and the point person for any and all questions and concerns regarding travel, lodging or other arrangements. She is entering the second year of her MA in International Development Studies at Dalhousie, with research investigating the participation of Bhutanese-Nepali refugees in community gardens in Halifax. She can be reached at