Tom Narins is an Associate Professor of Geography and Planning with research interests in the critical geopolitics of China's growing engagement with the global economy. As a political and economic geographer with language skills, Tom has published on sovereignty issues relating to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as on official Chinese lending to BRI-participant countries after the coronavirus.
His current research interests focus on the geographical contours of the Digital Silk Road. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as: Geopolitics; Human Geography; Territory, Politics, Governance; The Professional Geographer; Area; and The Extractive Industries and Society.
He received his BA in Government from Cornell University, MBA from the University of Arizona, and PhD in Geography from UCLA.
Narins, T.P., Agnew, J. 2022. Veiled futures? Debt burdens, the Belt Road Initiative, and Official Chinese lending after Coronavirus. Human Geography, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp. 190–205. doi: doi.org/10.1177/19427786211045404
Klinger, J. M., Narins, T.P. 2018. New Geographies of China and Latin America Relations: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Latin American Geography, 17(2), pp. 6-22. July 2018. University of Texas Press. doi: 10.1353/lag.2018.020
Fuller, T.L., Narins, T.P., Nackoney, J., Bonebrake, T., Sesink, P., Morgan, K., Trochez, A., Bocuma Meñe, D., Bongwele, E., Njabo, K., Anthony, N., Gonder, M.K., Kahn, M., Allen, W., Smith, T. 2018. Assessing the impact of China’s timber industry on Congo Basin land use change, Area, 00:1–10. doi: 10.1111/area.12469
Narins, T.P. 2018. Chinese trade engagement in Latin America compared to the European Union and the United States: The case of technology-intensive exports, The Professional Geographer, Volume 70, Issue 2, May 2018, Pages 219-229. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2017.1347797
Narins, T.P. 2017. The Battery Business: Lithium Availability and the Growth of the
Global Electric Car Industry, The Extractive Industries and Society. Vol. 4, Issue 2. doi:
Muellerleile, C., Strauss, K., Spigel, B. and Narins, T.P. 2014. Economic Geography and the Financial Crisis: Full Steam Ahead? The Professional Geographer, February 2014, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 11-17. doi: 10.1080/00330124.2012.757819