Dr. Wilder Robles

Associate Professor and Chair, PhD  (University of Guelph, 2007)

Office: Clark Hall 007
Email: roblesw@brandonu.ca
Tel: 204-727-7419

Research Interests

  • Globalization
  • Peasant Movements
  • Agrarian Reform and Food Security/Sovereignty
  • Sustainable Rural Development
  • Conflict
  • Development
  • Displacement


Fall 2022

  • Special Topics
  • Sustainable Rural Development

Winter 2023

  • Development Theory
  • Rural and Community Studies Seminar

Selected Publications


Robles, Wilder and Henry Veltmeyer (2015). The politics of Agrarian Reform and Co-operativism: The Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Robles, Wilder (2019). “The Politics of Agricultural Cooperativism in Brazil: A Case Study of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST)”. Journal of Co-operative Organization and Management. Volume 7, Issue 1, June, pp. 10-25 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcom.2019.02.001

Robles, Wilder (2018). “Revisiting Agrarian Reform in Brazil, 1985-2016”. Journal of Developing Societies. Vol 34(1):1-34.

Robles, Wilder (2013). “Forging the Culture of Co-operation and Resistance: The Co-operative Experience of the Landless Rural Worker Movement”. Journal of Agrarian Change (under review).

Co-Author with Jorge Nef (Guest Editors) (2008). “Canada’s Role in Afghanistan Dilemmas of the 3D’s Approach: Is Defense, Diplomacy and Development Working?” Development Forum, V1 Issue 1, pp. 1-5.

Robles, Wilder (2007). “Farewell to the Washington Consensus.” NERA Notes, March 7, 2007, pp. 1-5.

Robles, Wilder (2001). “The Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in Brazil: An Introduction.” The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.28, pp. 146-152.

Robles, Wilder (2001). “Fundamental Principles for the Social and Economic transformation of Rural Brazil: A Manifesto by the MST.” Translator. The Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.28, January 2001, pp. 153-161.

Robles, Wilder (2000). “Beyond the Politics of Protest: The Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. Vol. XXI, No. 3, pp. 657-691.

Co-author with Jorge Nef, “Globalization, Neoliberalism and the State of Underdevelopment in the New Periphery”. Journal of Developing Societies. Winter 2000, Vol. 1.

Book Chapters

Cowden, Stephen; Yu, Nilan; Robles, Wilder & Mazza, Debora (2020).  “Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy for critical consciousness and practice”, in Christine Morley, Phillip Ablett, Carolyn Noble and Stephen Cowden (eds). The Routledge Handbook of Critical Pedagogies for Social Work. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 120-128.

Robles, Wilder (2018). “Paulo Freire and Education for Liberation: The Case of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST).” In Nilan Yu (ed.), Consciousness-Raising Critical Pedagogy and Practice for Social Change. London, UK: Routledge.

Robles, Wilder (2015). “Non-Violent Resistance: The Landless Rural Workers Movement of Brazil,” in N. Yu and D. Mandell (Eds.), Subversive Social Action: Extra-legal and Illegal Action for Social Justice. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 119-144.

Robles, Wilder (2010). “Movimento Sem Terra”, in Barney Warf (ed.) Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 1948-1951.

Robles, Wilder (2008). “Liberation Theology, Christian Base Communities, and Solidarity Movements: A Historical Reflection,” in Richard Harris and Jorge Nef 3(eds.), Capital, Power and Inequality in Latin America. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publisher.

Nef, Jorge and Wilder Robles (1998), “Environmental Issues, Politics and Administration in Latin America,” in Joseph G. Jabbra and Onkar P. Dwivedi (eds.), Government Response to Environmental Challenges in Global Perspective. Washington D.C.: IOS Press, pp. 43-62.

Academic and Community Service

2005-2008 Board member and Conference Chair, Canadian Association for the Studies of International Development (CASID).

2003-4 President, Spence Neighborhood Association (SNA), Winnipeg, Manitoba.

2001-2002 Board Member, Spence Neighborhood Association (SNA).

2008-2012 International Development Adviser, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP).