The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS)

The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is a collective of largely BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries and their implications for global agrarian transformations. Critical theoretical and empirical questions about the origins, character and significance of complex changes underway need to be investigated more systematically.

You can find a full description of BICAS's agenda and research focus here and info about the grants here.

You can find the BICAS working papers here.


  • October 2018, Brazil – Regional influences and development: BRICS trade and investments across the Global South

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  • October 2017, Moscow – New Extractivism Peasantries and Social Dynamics: Critical Perspectives and Debates

    Here you can find a selection of the working papers produced.

  • Agro-extractivism inside and outside BRICS: agrarian change and development trajectories (October 2016, Beijing)

    You can find the call for papers here and the programme and working papers here.

  • Rural Transformations and Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global SouthOpens external - April 2015 at PLAAS, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

    See for more info on the Conference in South Africa.