Derek Hall is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is currently working on three main research projects: an analysis of contemporary land dynamics in rural Southeast Asia, a study of certification and regulation in the global shrimp and salmon aquaculture sectors (with Dr. Peter Vandergeest of York University), and an investigation of food traceability in Japan.
His research has appeared in journals including Review of International Political Economy, Journal of Agrarian Change, Geoforum, New Political Economy, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and Global Environmental Politics. He has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Social Science at the University of Tokyo on several occasions, and his research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. In 2009-10 he was an S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Managementat the University of California, Berkeley.
- Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press. 2011. (Co-authored with Philip Hirsch and Tania Murray Li.)
- "Rethinking Primitive Accumulation: Theoretical Tensions and Rural Southeast Asian Complexities", Antipode 44(4), September 2012, 1188-1208.
- "Where the Streets are Paved with Prawns: Crop Booms and Migration in Southeast Asia", Critical Asian Studies 43(4), December 2011, 507-530.
- "Land Grabs, Land Control, and Southeast Asian Crop Booms", The Journal of Peasant Studies 38(4), October 2011, 811-831.
- "Varieties of Zombieism: Approaching Comparative Political Economy through '28 Days Later' and 'Wild Zero' ", International Studies Perspectives 12(1), February 2011, 1-17.
- " 'Food with a Visible Face': Traceability and the Public Promotion of Private Governance in the Japanese Food System", Geoforum 41(5), September 2010, 826-835.
- "Japanese Lessons and Transnational Forces: ODA and the Environment" in David Leheny and Kay Warren, Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development: Inescapable Solutions. London and New York: Routledge, 2010, 163-182.
- "The 2008 World Development Report and the Political Economy of Southeast Asian Agriculture", Journal of Peasant Studies 36(3), July 2009, 615-21.
- S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Visiting Research Fellowship, University of California Berkeley, 2009-10
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Research Grant, 2007-11 (co-investigator).