Researchers at UCD


Christine Bonnin

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Geography
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: 1 716 8417


I am a Canadian, originally from Toronto, Ontario. In 2012, I received my PhD in Geography from McGill University (Montreal, Canada), following an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada). Prior to joining UCD's School of Geography in 2013, I held a post-doctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle, Germany).

I currently teach an MA course on Development in Asia for the Geography/Geopolitics and Global Economy stream which focuses on theoretical and empirical aspects of development in the Asian region. I also teach a number of Human Geography modules in the BA programme reflecting my theoretical/empirical interests and expertise.





Turner, S; Bonnin, C; Michaud, J (2015) Frontier Livelihoods. Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands. Seattle: University of Washington Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

Turner, Sarah and Christine Bonnin (2018) 'We women know more about the seeds. Ethnic minority food security and the gendered implications of hybrid rice in upland northern Vietnam' In: Devasahayam, Theresa (eds). Food Security and Gender in Southeast Asia. Singapore: World Scientific. [Details]
Bonnin, Christine (2018) 'Grand Designs? State Agendas and the Lived Realities of Market Redevelopment in Upland Northern Vietnam' In: Kirsten W. Endres and Ann Marie Leshkowich (eds). Traders in Motion: Networks, Identities, and Contestations in the Vietnamese Marketplace. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. [Details]
Bonnin, Christine (2018) 'Cultivating Consumer Markets: Ethnic Minority Traders and the Refashioning of Cultural Commodities in the Sino-Vietnamese Border Uplands' In: Alexander Horstmann, Martin Saxer and Alessandro Rippa (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands. UK: Routledge. [Details]
Bonnin, Christine (2018) 'Livelihoods, Commodities, Mobilities - Section Introduction' In: Alexander Horstman, Martin Saxer and Alessandro Rippa (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands. UK: Routledge. [Details]
Bonnin, Christine (2017) 'New Markets in Upland Vietnam: State Agendas and Ethnic Minority Traders in Lào Cai Province' In: Endres, Kirsten and Hann, Chris (eds). Socialism with Neoliberal Characteristics. Halle/Saale, Germany: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. , pp.99-103 [Details]
Turner, S.; Bonnin, C. (2012) 'Negotiating Agricultural Intensification policies in Northern Upland Vietnam: 'The new rice doesn't taste right.'' In: Rigg, Jonathan.; Vandergeest, Peter (eds). Revisiting Rural Places: Pathways to Poverty and Prosperity in Southeast Asia. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. [Details]
Bonnin, C. (2013) 'Doing Fieldwork and Making Friends in Upland Northern Vietnam: Entanglements of the Professional, Personal and Political' In: Turner, S (eds). Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia. Vancouver: UBC Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

McCarthy, J., Bonnin, C. and Meredith, D. (2018) 'Disciplining the State: The role of alliances in contesting multi-level agri-environmental governance'. Land Use Policy, 76 :317-328. [DOI] [Details]
Moore-Cherry, Niamh and Bonnin, Christine (2018) 'Playing with time in Moore Street, Dublin: Urban redevelopment, temporal politics and the ungovernability of space-time'. Urban Geography, . [Details]
Bonnin, C., Moore-Cherry, N., Zhang, Z. and Traynor, N. (2016) 'The Centennial Legacy: Equal opportunities to all its citizens?'. Irish Geography, 49 (2):111-116. Link to full text [Details]
Bonnin, C. (2015) 'Contestations in the Production and Trade of Alcoholic Spirits in Northern Vietnam'. Sojourn, 30 (3):818-858. [DOI] [Details]
Bonnin, C; Turner, S (2014) 'Remaking Markets in the Mountains: Integration, trader agency and resistance in upland northern Vietnam'. Journal of Peasant Studies, 41 (3):321-342. [DOI] [Details]
Bonnin, C; Turner, S (2014) ''A good wife stays home': Gendered negotiations over state agricultural programmes and food security, upland-Vietnam'. Gender, Place, and Culture, 21 (10):1302-1320. [DOI] [Details]
Bonnin, C. (2010) 'Navigating fieldwork politics, practicalities and ethics in the upland borderlands of northern Vietnam'. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 51 (2):179-192. [DOI] [Details]
Bonnin, C.; Turner, S. (2011) 'Livelihood Vulnerability and Food Security among Upland Ethnic Minorities in Northern Vietnam'. Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, 26 (1-2):324-340. [Details]
Bonnin, C.; Turner S. (2012) 'At What Price Rice? Food Security, Livelihood Vulnerability and State Intervention in Upland Northern Vietnam'. Geoforum, 43 (1):95-105. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Bonnin, C. (2015) 'Local Exchanges and Marketplace Trade of Water Buffalo in Upland Vietnam' Vietnam Social Sciences Review 169 (5) :82-92. [Details]
Bonnin, C (2014) 'Những trao đổi địa phương và buôn bán trâu tại chợ vùng cao Việt Nam (tỉnh Lào Cai)' Vietnamese Anthropology Review 3 (186) :72-83. [Details]


Research Interests

A development geographer, my research interests lie in the geographies of Southeast Asia and Southwest China and the development dynamics and conceptual debates unfolding in this diverse, and from a global economy perspective, critically significant region. More specifically, my research explores the on-going efforts of marginalised groups (including upland ethnic minorities and workers in the informal economy) to build sustainable, meaningful livelihoods within a wider context of neo-liberal market transformations and state development/modernisation agendas.

My recent research projects concentrate on: the politics of food security in upland regions; the gendered impacts of agrarian transitions; livelihood change and everyday resistance in the China-Vietnam upland border area, informal economies, and contestations over market integration and upland economic development. My research interests are embedded in the University's
Identity, Conflict and Inclusion strategic research theme.
I am interested in supervising postgraduate students who wish to pursue research projects related to my interests outlined above, as well as other topics in human geography and development in the Asian region more broadly. 

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Voices of Moore Street Dublin: An Experiential Exploration of the Legacy of 1916
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-16 / 31-OCT-18
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Commonage, cooperation, and agri-environmental governance in the Republic of Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-16 / 01-OCT-20
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Living with the legacy of 1916: Urban governance, livelihoods and regeneration in Moore Street market (LIVING_1916)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-16 / 30-NOV-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Small Traders and State Development Directions in Upland Northern Vietnam
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The Impacts of Modern Seed Varieties on Indigenous Minority Livelihoods and Food Systems in the Border Uplands of Northern Vietnam
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 30-AUG-16

Current Postgraduate Students

Niall Traynor, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Aine Rickard, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Jack Mc Carthy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor