Selected publications


Fairhead, James (2018) Technology, inclusivity and the rogue: bats and the war against the ‘invisible enemy’. Conservation and Society, 16 (2). pp. 170-180. ISSN 0972-4923

Fairhead, James R (2017) Termites, mud daubers and their earths: a multispecies approach to fertility and power in West Africa. Conservation and Society, 14 (4). pp. 359-367. ISSN 0972-4923

Fairhead, James (2016) Understanding social resistance to Ebola response in the forest region of the Republic of Guinea: an anthropological perspective. African Studies Review, 59 (3). pp. 7-31. ISSN 0002-0206

Wilkinson, Annie and Fairhead, James (2016) Comparison of social resistance to Ebola response in Sierra Leone and Guinea suggests explanations lie in political configurations not culture. Critical Public Health, 27 (1). pp. 14-27. ISSN 0958-1596

Blythe, Jennifer and Fairhead, James (2016) The spirit and the gifts: Dako, Benjamin Morrell and cargo in the Vitiaz trading area, New Guinea. Oceania. ISSN 0029-8077

Fairhead, James, Solomon, Dawit, Lehmann, Johannes, Fraser, James A, Leach, Melissa, Amanor, Kojo, Frausin, Victoria, Kristianson, Soren M and Millimouno, Dominique (2016) Indigenous African soil enrichment as a climate-smart sustainable agriculture alternative. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14 (2). pp. 71-76. ISSN 1540-9309

Frausin, Victoria, Fraser, James Angus, Narmah, Woulay, Lahai, Morrison K, Winnebah, Thomas R A, Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa (2014) “God made the soil, but we made it fertile”: gender, knowledge, and practice in the formation and use of African dark earths in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Human Ecology, 42 (5). pp. 695-710. ISSN 0300-7839

Fairhead, James, Leach, Melissa and Scoones, Ian (2012) Green grabbing: a new appropriation of nature? Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (2). pp. 237-261. ISSN 0306-6150

Fairhead, James, Leach, Melissa and Fraser, James (2012) Green grabs and biochar: revaluing African soils and farming in the new carbon economy. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (2). pp. 285-307. ISSN 0306-6150

Leach, Melissa A, Fairhead, James R, Millimouno, Dominique and Diallo, Alpha Ahmadou (2008) New therapeutic landscapes in Africa: parental categories and practices in seeking infant health in the Republic of Guinea. Social Science and Medicine, 66 (10). pp. 2157-2167. ISSN 0277-9536

Fairhead, James, Leach, Melissa and Small, Mary (2006) Where techno-science meets poverty: Medical research and the economy of blood in The Gambia, West Africa. Social Science and Medicine, 63 (4). pp. 1109-1120. ISSN 0277-9536

Leach, Melissa and Fairhead, James (2002) Manners of contestation: `Citizen Science' and Indigenous Knowledge in West Africa and the Caribbean. International Social Science Journal, 173. p. 14.


Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa (2007) Vaccine Anxieties: Global Science, Child Health and Society. Science in Society . Taylor & Francis, London. ISBN 9781844073702

Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa (2003) Science, Society and Power: Environmental Knowledge and Policy in West Africa and the Caribbean. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521535663

Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa, eds. (1998) Reframing Deforestation: Global Analyses and Local Realities: Studies in West Africa. Global Environmental Change Series . Routledge. ISBN 9780415185912

Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa (1996) Misreading the African Landscape: Society and Ecology in a Forest-Savanna Mosaic. African Studies . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9780521564991

Book Section

Leach, Melissa and Fairhead, James (2011) Being 'with Medical Research Council': infant care and the social meanings of cohort membership in Gambia's plural therapeutic landscapes. In: Geissler, P Wenzel and Molyneux, Catherine (eds.) Evidence, ethos and experiment : the anthropology and history of medical research in Africa. Berghahn Series . Berghahn Books, New York; Oxford, pp. 77-98. ISBN 9780857450920

Fairhead, James (2010) Historical dimensions to the militatisation of refugee camps on the Guinea-Liberian border: Kouankan and mandinka ethnogenisis. In: Knorr, Jacqueline and Filho, Wilson Trajano (eds.) The Powerful Presence of the Past: Integration and Conflict Along the Upper Guinea Coast. African Social Studies Series (24). Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 9789004190009

Fairhead, James (2010) Kuankan and the Guinea-Liberian border. In: The Powerful Presence of the Past: Integration and Conflict Along the Upper Guinea Coast. Brill. ISBN 9789004190009

Fairhead, J and Leach, M (2009) Amazonian Dark Earths in Africa? In: Woods, William I, Teixeira, Wenceslau G, Lehmann, Johannes, Steiner, Christopher, WinklerPrins, Antionette M G A and Rebellato, Lilian (eds.) Amazonian Dark Earths: Wim Sombroek's vision. Springer, Dordrecht; London, pp. 265-278. ISBN 978-1-4020-9030-1

Fairhead, James (2005) Transnational dimensions to environmental resource dynamics: modes of governance and local resource management in Eastern DRC. In: Gausset, Quentin, Whyte, Michael A and Birch-Thomsen, Torben (eds.) Beyond Territory and Scarcity: Exploring Conflicts Over Natural Resource Management. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, Sweden, pp. 195-215. ISBN 9789171065407

Fairhead, James (2004) Achieving sustainability in Africa. In: Black, Richard and White, Howard (eds.) Targeting Development: critical perspectives on the Millennium Development Goals. Routledge Studies in Development Economics . Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 292-306. ISBN 9780415303767

Fairhead, James and Leach, Melissa (2003) Termites, society and ecology: perspectives from West Africa. In: Motte-Florac, Elisabeth and Thomas, Jacqueline (eds.) Insects in oral literature and traditions. Peeters: Leuven. ISBN 2-87723-721-4

Fairhead, James (2001) International Dimensions of Conflict Over Natural and Environmental Resources. In: Peluso, Nancy Lee and Watts, Michael (eds.) Violent environments. Cornell University Press, pp. 213-236. ISBN 9780801438714

Edited Book

Fairhead, James, Geysbeek, Tim, Holsoe, Svend E and Leach, Melissa, eds. (2003) African-American Exploration in West Africa: Four Nineteenth-Century Diaries. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253341949

Conference or Workshop Item

Middleton, Jo, Cassell, Jackie, Novotny, Vojtech, Colthart, Gavin, Peck, Mika, Fairhead, James, Walker, Stephen L., Head, Michael G., Macgregor, Hayley, Inacio, Joao and Stewart, Alan (2017) Surfaces: An interdisciplinary project to understand and enhance health in the vulnerable rainforests of Papua New Guinea. In: Inaugural Planetary Health / GeoHealth Annual Meeting, 28-30 April 2017, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.