Biographical Information

Professor Le Heron is an economic geographer whose research concerns land-based production, agribusiness and food and commodity chains. He has made a major contribution to understanding of agro-commodity systems, in the process consolidating this sub-field within the international fields of economic geography and agri-food research. In the 1980s and 1990s his work integrated a political economic perspective on land-based industries with an analysis of the flows across space as they are shaped by the forces of globalisation and regulation. This research played an important role in elucidating those activities that have helped shape New Zealand’s place in the global economy. Since the early 2000s he has been a leading international figure in bridging links between post-structural and political economy understandings. Early foundations of this initiative were greatly facilitated by involvement in the Tertiary Education Commission’s platform, ‘Building Research Capabilities in the Social Sciences’ (2004-2009). More recently, the Marsden project, ‘Biological Economies: knowing and making new rural value relations’ and MoBIE funded research on ‘Marine Futures: a dynamic approach towards managing for resilience’, have assisted the formal outline of a generative situated knowledge production approach known as Post Structural Political Economy, a distinctive Australasian approach to knowledge formation. His work has had considerable international impact and is widely cited.