Dr. Liam Riley is a development geographer focusing on the connections between food security and gender equality in urban environments in sub-Saharan Africa. He completed his MA (2008) and PhD (2013) in Geography at the University of Western Ontario for which he conducted fieldwork in Malawi using qualitative research methods inspired by feminist, postcolonial, and participatory approaches. During his SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) he conducted research on the political dimensions of urban poverty and food insecurity in case studies in Harare and Lilongwe. He is a Co-Investigator on the project, “Consuming Urban Poverty 2: Secondary Urbanization, Food Security, and Local Governance in Africa,” launched in 2016, which is aimed at understanding the opportunities and constraints for sustainable urbanization in secondary cities in Africa through case studies in Malawi, Namibia, and Cameroon.
- .2016. "‘Gender Hates Men’: Untangling Gender and Development Discourses in Food Security Fieldwork in Urban Malawi".Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.23 (7): 1047-1060.
- .2016. "Following the Crisis: Poverty and Food Security in Harare, Zimbabwe".Journal of Food and Nutritional Disorders.5 (5).
- .2016. "Gender, Mobility and Food Security".Rapid Urbanization, Urban Food Deserts and Food Security in Africa. .Springer.
- .2016. "Africa's Vulnerable Children and the Millennium Development Goals: Experiences and Interventions in Malawi".Geographies of Global Issues: Change and Threat. .Springer.
- .2015. "Gendering Urban Food Systems Across Multiple Scales".Cities and Agriculture: Developing Resilient Urban Food Systems. .London: Routledge/Earthscan.
- .2014. "Operation Dongosolo and the Geographies of Urban Poverty in Malawi".Journal of Southern African Studies.40 (3): 443-458.
- .2014. "Gendered Mobilities and Food Access in Blantyre, Malawi".Urban Forum.25 (2): 227-279.
- .2014. "Comparative Urban Food Geographies in Blantyre and Gaborone".African Geographical Review.33 (1): 52-66.
- .2014. "Food, Place, and Culture in Urban Africa: Comparative Consumption in Gaborone and Blantyre".Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition.9 (2): 256-279.
- .2013. "Orphan Geographies in Malawi".Children’s Geographies.11 (4): 409-421.
- .2011. "Rethinking the Orphan Crisis: Community-Based Responses to Orphan Care in Malawi".Children’s Rights and International Development: Lessons and Challenges from the Field. .221-240.New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018)
- SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014-2016)
- African Geographical Review Paper of the Year Award, Association of American Geographers (2015)
- Africa Institute Student Mobility Fund Award, Western University (2012)
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Doctoral, SSHRC (2008-2011)
- International Development Research Centre Doctoral Research Award (2009-2010)
- CGS – Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, SSHRC (2009)
- CGS – Master’s, SSHRC (2007-2008)
- The E.G. Pleva Prize for Excellence as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Western University (2007)