Rhiney, Kevon

Kevon Rhiney (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor of Human-Environment Geography in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He has held research positions at the University of Oxford and the University of the West Indies. His primary research examines the complex conditions under which rural agrarian landscapes change, and the socio-material implications these changes pose for smallholder livelihoods. More recent research has started to explore the biopolitical and justice implications of post-hurricane reconstruction efforts across the Caribbean.



Dr. Rhiney has co-edited two books and his work has been published in a number of interdisciplinary journals including the Annual Reviews, Geoforum, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Small Axe and World Development. He is a British Commonwealth Fellow, development section editor for Geography Compass and served as a contributing author for the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C.


Rhiney, K., Guido, Z., Knudson, C., Avelino, J., Bacon, CM, Leclerc, G. Aime, M.C. & Bebber, D.P. 2021. Epidemics and the future of coffee production, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 118 (27) e2023212118

Rhiney, K., Knudson, C. & Guido, Z. 2021. Cultivating Crisis: Coffee, Smallholder Vulnerability, and the Uneven Socio-material Consequences of the Leaf Rust Epidemic in Jamaica, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 111(2): 440-458. Doi:

Guido, Z., Knudson, C. & Rhiney, K. 2020. Will COVID-19 be one shock too many for smallholder coffee livelihoods? World Development 136 (December): 105172. Doi: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.105172

Rhiney, K. 2020. Dispossession, disaster capitalism and the post-hurricane context in the Caribbean, Political Geography 78 (April): 102171. Doi:

Thomas, A., Baptiste, A., Martyr-Koller, R., Pringle, P. & Rhiney, K. 2020. Climate change and Small Island Developing States, Annual Review of Environment and Resources 45: 1-27. Doi:

Rhiney, K. & Baptiste, AK. 2019. Adapting to climate change in the Caribbean: Existential threat or development crossroads? Caribbean Studies 47 (2), 59-80. Doi: 10.1353/crb.2019.0014

You can find more of Dr. Rhiney's publications here.


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