About the CFI Network

The Commodity Frontiers Initiative is a network of individual scholars, research teams, and civil society organizations from around the world. Within the CFI Network, we have a Leadership collective, an Editorial Board that oversees the Newsletter, a General Board that actively participates in shaping CFI activities, and 27 partner institutes.


CFI Leadership

Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History at Harvard University

Ulbe Bosma, Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam and Professor of History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – CFI Coordinator

Mindi Schneider, Assistant Professor of Sociology of Development and Change at Wageningen University

Eric Vanhaute, Professor of Economic History and World History at Ghent University


CFI Editorial Board

Editors-in-Chief: Mindi Schneider (senior editor), Sven Beckert, Ulbe Bosma, Eric Vanhaute

Editorial Board and Section Editors:

Claudia Bernardi, Research Associate in History of the Americas, University of Roma Tre, Italy

Samuël Coghe, Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFC), Center for Global History, Freie Universität Berlin

Hanne Cottyn, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of History, University of York (UK), and Postdoctoral Fellow at Ghent University (Belgium)

Andrew Curley, Assistant Professor, School of Geography, Development & Environment, University ofArizona

Kristina Dietz, Director of “Global Change – Local Conflicts? (GLOCON),” Freie Universität Berlin

Bettina Engels, Jr. Professor, Director of “Global Change – Local Conflicts? (GLOCON),” Freie Universität Berlin

Maarten Vanden Eynde (Artist, PhD Candidate, UiB, Bergen, Norway) & Marjolijn Dijkman (Artist), co-founders of Enough Room for Space www.enoughroomforspace.org

Simon Jackson, Assistant Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History, University of Birmingham

Ernst Langthaler, Professor of Social and Economic History at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and Head of the Institute of Rural History, St. Pölten

Rafael Marquese, Professor of History, Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences, University of São Paulo

Gayatri A. Menon, Associate Professor, School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India

Elisabet Rasch, Associate Professor, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen University

Mattias Borg Rasmussen, Associate Professor, Section for Global Development, University of Copenhagen

Katie Sandwell, Senior Project Officer, Transnational Institute

Zhan Shaohua, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Serena Stein, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wageningen School of Social Sciences, Wageningen University, PhD Princeton University 2020

Mamoudou Sy, Professor of History, Université du Sine – Saloum El Hadji Ibrahima Niass

Sthandiwe ‘Stah’ Yeni, PhD Candidate, University of Western Cape

Pim de Zwart, Assistant Professor of Rural and Environmental History, Wageningen University


CFI Partners

The CFI Network includes scholars, researchers, and activists at 27 partner organizations.


CFI General Board

*under construction*


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