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Stefan Ouma

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Economic Geography

Since 01 March 2019, I have been holding the Chair of Economic Geography at the Department of Geography at the University of Bayreuth. Before that I worked as Doc and Post-Doc at Goethe-University, Frankfurt.

My research is primarily concerned with the economic geographies of globalization, drawing on insights from political economy/ecology, socioeconomics, and poststructralist and practice oriented theories. My overriding research goal is to rematerialize "the economy" in times of seemingly unbounded economic relations and to open it up for political debate regarding the more sustainable and just pathways and forms of economy-making.

My current research on the themes "global commodity chains and critical geographies of logistics", "industrial work in the digital age", and "agricultural transformations in the context of financialization and digitization" reflect this concern and complement existing focal points of the Department of Geography in Bayreuth. I have research experience both in the Global South (West and East Africa) and in the Global North (Germany, New Zealand) and cultivate a global-relational perspective on processes of geographically uneven development.

You can find a list of my academic and public talks here!

My CV:

2018Full Professor of Economic Geography, University of Bayreuth
2016Visiting scholar Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin
2013 – 2018Assistant Professor Economic Geography
2012Visiting Scholar, Department of Politics, Sociology and Geography, University of Newcastle.
2012PhD Economic Geography, Goethe University Frankfurt
2007 – 2012Research Associate Goethe University Frankfurt
Stefan Ouma

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Economic Geography

Areas of research:

Themes: Global commodity chains and agricultural transformations, financialisation of nature and agriculture, industry 4.0, critical logistics

Theoretical orientations: Critical political economy, socioeconomics, poststructuralist approaches, practice theories, political ecology

Methods: Qualitative-reconstructive methods, critical ethnography, mixed method designs

Regional focus: Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania; Rhine-Main region; New Zealand; further research experience in Australia, Singapore and South Africa

Stefan Ouma

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Economic Geography


Artikel in einer Zeitschrift

Stefan Ouma, Opportuna Kweka: “Changing beyond Recognition”? : Reimagining the future of smallholder farming systems in the context of climate change. In: Geoforum, (2019). - S. in press.

Stefan Ouma, Alex Hughes, James T. Murphy, Maggie Opondo: Envisioning African futures : Perspectives from economic geography. In: Geoforum, (2019). - S. in press.

Stefan Ouma: This can('t) be an asset class: The world of money management, “society”, and the contested morality of farmland investments. In: Environment and Planning A : Economy and Space, (2018). - .

Stefan Ouma, Leigh Johnson, Patrick Bigger: Rethinking the financialization of "nature". In: Environment and Planning A : Economy and Space, 50 (2018). - S. 500-511.

Stefan Ouma: Shrooms of hope: Can Matsutake save Global Commodity Chain Research … and ‘our’ dear world?. In: Dialogues in Human Geography, 8 (2018). - S. 63-66.

Stefan Ouma: The difference that "capitalism" makes : on the merits and limits of critical political economy in African Studies. In: Review of African Political Economy, 44 (2017). - S. 499-509.

Stefan Ouma: From financialization to operations of capital : Historicizing and disentangling the finance–farmland-nexus. In: Geoforum, 72 (2016). - S. 82-93.

Stefan Ouma: Getting in between M and M′ or : How farmland further debunks financialization. In: Dialogues in Human Geography, 5 (2015). - S. 225-228.

Stefan Ouma, Kerstin Bläser: Räume der Kalkulation, Kalkulation des Raumes : Geographien der finanziellen Ökonomisierung. In: Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsgeographie, 59 (2015). - S. 214-229.

Stefan Ouma: Situating global finance in the Land Rush Debate : A critical review. In: Geoforum, 57 (2014). - S. 162-166.

Julian Stenmanns, Stefan Ouma: B/Ordering Flows : zur Konstruktion "maritimer Ökonomien" in Westafrika. In: Geographische Rundschau, 65 (2013). - S. 20-27.

Stefan Ouma, Marc Boeckler, Peter Lindner: Extending the margins of marketization : Frontier regions and the making of agro-export markets in northern Ghana. In: Geoforum, 48 (2013). - S. 225-235.

Stefan Ouma: Creating and Maintaining Global Connections : Agro-business and the Precarious Making of Fresh-cut Markets. In: The Journal of Development Studies, 48 (2012). - S. 322-334.

Stefan Ouma, Lindsay Whitfield: The Making and Remaking of Agro-Industries in Africa. In: The Journal of Development Studies, 48 (2012). - S. 301-307.

Stefan Ouma: "Markets in the Making" : Zur Ethnographie alltäglicher Marktkonstruktionen in organisationalen Settings. In: Geographica Helvetica, 67 (2012). - S. 203-211.

Stefan Ouma: Global Standards, Local Realities : Private Agrifood Governance and the Restructuring of the Kenyan Horticulture Industry. In: Economic Geography, 86 (2010). - S. 197-222.

Stefan Ouma, Peter Lindner: Von Märkten und Reisenden : Geographische Entwicklungsforschung oder Wirtschaftsgeographien des Globalen Südens?. In: Geographische Rundschau, 62 (2010). - S. 12-19.

Peter Lindner, Stefan Ouma: "Meet the farmer" : Kleinbauern, Regionalentwicklung und der neue globale Agrarmarkt. In: Forschung Frankfurt : Wissenschaftsmagazin der Goethe-Universität, 26 (2009). - S. 48-52.


Prekär, flexibel, entgrenzt : Geographien der Arbeit in der "Global City" Frankfurt. - Stefan Ouma, Carolyn Folasade Farinde (Hrsg.). - Frankfurt am Main : 2018. - 168 S.

Stefan Ouma: Assembling Export Markets : The Making and Unmaking of Global Food Connections in West Africa. - Chichester : Wiley Blackwell, 2015. - 236 S.

Peter Lindner, Stefan Ouma, Max Klöppinger, Marc Boeckler: Industriestudie Frankfurt am Main 2013. - Frankfurt am Main : Peter Lang, 2014. - 132 S.

Aufsatz in einem Buch

Stefan Ouma, Julian Stenmanns, Julia Verne: African Economies : Simply Connect? Problematizing the Discourse on Connectivity in Logistics and Communication. In: Mark Graham (Hrsg.): Digital Economies at Global Margins. - London : MIT Press, 2019. - S. 341-363.

Stefan Ouma: Africapitalism : A Critical Genealogy and Assessment. In: Kenneth Amaeshi, Uwafiokun Idemudia, Adun Okupe (Hrsg.): Africapitalism : Sustainable Business and Sustainable Development in Africa. - London : Taylor & Francis, 2019. - S. 144-157.

Alexander Vorbrugg, Stefan Ouma: Transformationen des Ländlichen : Land und Landwirtschaft in der Globalen Marktgesellschaft. In: Hans Gebhardt, Rüdiger Glaser, Ulrich Radtke, Paul Reuber (Hrsg.): Geographie : Physische Geographie und Humangeographie. - Berlin : Springer, 2019. - S. 905-915.

Tobias Klinge, Stefan Ouma: Zur nationalen Regulation globaler Agrarinvestitionen : Das Beispiel Aotearoa Neuseeland. In: Michael Mießner, Matthias Naumann (Hrsg.): Kritische Geographien ländlicher Entwicklung : Globale Transformationen und lokale Herausforderungen. - Münster : Westfälisches Dampfboot, 2019. - S. 162-176.

Stefan Ouma: Opening the Black Boxes of Finance-Gone-Farming : A Global Analysis of Assetization. In: Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan, Geoffrey Lawrence (Hrsg.): The Financialization, Agri-Food Systems : Contested Transformations. - London : Routledge, 2018. - S. 85-107.

Julian Stenmanns, Stefan Ouma: The new zones of circulation : On the production and securitisation of maritime frontiers in West Africa. In: Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky, John Urry (Hrsg.): Cargomobilities : moving materials in a global age. - New York : Routledge, 2015. - S. 87-105.

Julian Stenmanns, Stefan Ouma: The New Zones of Circulation : On the Securitization of Maritime Frontiers in West Africa. In: Thomas Birtchnell, Satya Savitzky, John Urry (Hrsg.): Cargomobilities : Moving Materials in a Global Age. - London : Routledge, 2015. - S. 87-105.

Stefan Ouma: "The New Enclosures" : Zur Finanzialisierung von Land und Landwirtschaft. In: Marcel Heires, Andreas Nölke (Hrsg.): Politische Ökonomie der Finanzialisierung. - Wiesbaden : Springer, 2014. - S. 197-210.

Stefan Ouma: Land Grabbing. In: Nadine Marquardt, Verena Schreiber (Hrsg.): Ortsregister : Ein Glossar zu Räumen der Gegenwart. - Bielefeld : transcript Verlag, 2012. - S. 171-177.

Stefan Ouma: "Globalizing good agricultural practices" : Zur Transformation von Wertschöpfungsketten in der kenianischen Exportlandwirtschaft durch Private Agricultural Governance. In: Andreas Dittmann, Ulrich Jürgens (Hrsg.): Transformationsprozesse in afrikanischen Entwicklungsländern. - Berlin : Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2010. - S. 60-85.

Stefan Ouma: Development practice, agrifood standards, and smallholder certification : the elusive quest for GLOBALGAP?. In: Adeline Borot de Battisti, James MacGregor, Andrew Graffham (Hrsg.): Standard bearers : Horticultural exports and private standards in Africa. - London : International Institute for Environment and Development, 2009. - S. 144-148.


Stefan Ouma: Looking Back, Looking Ahead : Agriculture, Land and Society in East Africa ; a Festschrift for Kjell Havnevik. Michael Ståhl (Hrsg.). Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Uppsala, 2015. ISBN 978-91-7106-774-6. In:Tanzanian Affairs, 114, S. 44-46: 2016

Stefan Ouma: Carmody, Pádraig: The Rise of the BRICS in Africa : The Geopolitics of South-South Relations. London, ZED Books, 2013. - 176 S., ISBN 978-1-78032-605-4. In:Economic Geography, 91, S. 223-225: 2015

Stefan Ouma: Carmody, Padraig: The New Scramble for Africa. Polity, Cambridge (2011). 240 S. , ISBN 978-0-7456-4785-2. In:Regional Studies, 46, S. 836-838: 2012

Stefan Ouma: Schippler, Jasmin: Urbaner Informeller Sektor : Wirtschaftliches Handeln unterUnsicherheit ; Stressoren, institutionelle Arrangements und der Beitrag von Sozialkapital am Beispiel der Schreiner in Gaborone, Botswana. 169 S. , Erlanger Geogra phische Arbeiten 63. Selbstverlag der Frankischen Geo graphischen Gesellschaft, Erlangen (2009). In:Erdkunde, 64, S. 392-394: 2010

Stefan Ouma: Paarlberg, Robert: Starved for Science : How biotechnology is being kept out of Africa. Harvard, Harvard University Press (2008). ISBN 978-0-674-02973-6. In:African Affairs, 108, S. 693-694: 2009


Stefan Ouma: Problems and Perspectives of Smallholder Farmers’ Certification under EurepGAP Option 2 : Studie im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit. - Frankfurt, 2007.


Stefan Ouma: Investoren . In: Jan Brunner, Anna Dobelmann, Sarah Krist, Louisa Prause (Hrsg.): Wörterbuch Land- und Rohstoffkonflikte. - Bielefeld: Transcript, 2019. - S. 159-166

Vollständiges Zeitschriftenheft

New Perspectives on the Financialization of Nature. Special Issue. - Patrick Bigger, Leigh Johnson, Stefan Ouma (Hrsg.). - Environment and Planning A : Economy and Space, 50 (2018), 3

Special Section on the Making and Remaking of Agro Industries in Africa. - Stefan Ouma, Lindsay Whitfield (Hrsg.). - The Journal of Development Studies, 48 (2012), 3

Stefan Ouma

Faculty of Biology, Chemistry & Earth Sciences
Chair of Economic Geography

Prof. Dr. Stefan Ouma
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