Trent BROWN - Tokyo College
Associate Professor


Other Affiliations School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Chair for Youth Unemployment, Employability, and Empowerment, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
Research Interests Social aspects of skill development and sustainable transitions; gender and inter-generational relations; agrarian change; contemporary India. Email trent.brown[a]
01 Description of Research

My research has largely focused on social change in rural India, as well as theoretical perspectives on sustainability, skills, and agrarian change. My doctoral research was a study of sustainable agriculture initiatives in India and considered some of the challenges of ensuring non-chemical farming meets the needs of poor and marginalised communities. My most recent project investigated the implementation and impacts of new agricultural skill development initiatives in North India. In the years ahead, I hope to continue my research on sustainable food systems in the global South and charter a new research agenda on skills for sustainable futures.

02 Short Biography

2022 – Associate Professor, Tokyo College

2018-2021 – ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Melbourne

2016-2018 – Research Assistant, Australia India Institute, The University of Melbourne.

2014-2016 – Casual staff member, The University of Wollongong.

2013-2014 – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Australian Catholic University.

2009-2013 – PhD in Sociology, University of Wollongong.

2008 – Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology, University of Wollongong.

03 Publications and Other Research Activities


Harriss, J., Jeffrey, C., & Brown, T. (2020). India: Continuity and Change in the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Brown, T. (2018). Farmers, Subalterns and Activists: The Social Politics of Sustainable Agriculture in India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Brown, T., & Ali, S. S. (forthcoming) ‘Transgressive Capabilities: Skill Development and Social Disruption in Rural India.’ Annals of the American Association of Geographers.

Brown, T. (2022). Skill ecosystems in the global South: Informality, inequality, and community setting. Geoforum132, 10-19.

Brown, T. (2020), ‘When Food Regimes Become Hegemonic: Agrarian India through a Gramscian Lens.’ Journal of Agrarian Change, 20 (1), 188-206.

Brown, T., Scrase, T., & Ganguly-Scrase, R. (2017). Globalised Dreams, Local Constraints: Migration and Youth Aspirations in an Indian Regional Town. Children’s Geographies, 15 (5), 531-544.

Brown, T. (2016). Sustainability as Empty Signifier: Its Rise, Fall, and Radical Potential. Antipode, 48(1), 115-133.