Commodity Frontiers Initiative

Providing a long historical perspective on problems that are often assumed to be modern, the Commodity Frontiers Initiative recasts our thinking about issues of sustainability, resilience, and contestations, contributing to the politics of our own times.


Commodity Frontiers is a biannual open access publication from our Network. With thematic focus, each issue of the journal features short articles, conversations with historians, social scientists, and activists about the method and practice of commodity frontier research, announcements of newly published books and articles, and more.

About the CFI Network

Leadership Collective, Editorial Board, General Board, Partners


Scholars, Research Teams, Civil Society Organizations


Recent work from the CFI Network

Events, News, and Announcements

Commodity Frontiers Bibliography

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