Tom Narins

Tom Narins is an Assistant Professor of Geography with research interests in Chinese-Latin American political and economic relations, Political Geography and International Political Economy. Professor Narins teaches courses such as Global China in the World Order as well as courses in Political, Urban and World Regional Geography

His work investigates China’s geopolitical logic and considers the country’s broader goals beyond its territorial borders in the emerging multi-polar world order.

His research questions China’s presumed dominance as the new international power player in the developing world. It also highlights the fact that China’s broader integration with Latin America, while growing, is still constrained by geo-economic factors such as the increasing strength (and weakness) of Latin American governments; historically strong Latin American ties to the U.S. and Europe; and the competitive realities of the expansionary plans of emerging regional economies such as Chile and Brazil.

Tom's current research focuses on the contemporary attractiveness of ‘the Chinese development model’ in and across Latin America.

Journal Articles

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), 6-22. University of Texas Press.

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 2018;00:1–10.

Narins, T.P. 2018. Chinese Trade 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, Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages 321-328.

Narins, T.P. 2016. ‘Evaluating Chinese Economic Engagement in Africa versus Latin America,’ Geography Compass, Vol. 10, No. 7, pp. 283-292.

Narins, T.P. 2016. ‘Are Chinese economic actors poised to dominate Latin American economies?: A view from Bolivia and Chile,’ Global Studies Journal, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp. 19-39.

Narins, T.P. 2015. ‘Dynamics of the Russia-China Forest Products Trade,’ Growth and Change. Vol. 46, No. 4, (December 2015), pp. 688-703. DOI: 10.1111/grow.12108

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

Narins, T.P. 2013.‘Ecuadorian State-Capacity Building through Territorial Strategic Asset Management,’
Journal of Latin American Geography, March 2013, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp. 33-59.

Narins, T.P. 2012. ‘China’s Eye on Ecuador – What Chinese trade with Ecuador reveals about China’s economic expansion into South America,’ Global Studies Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 295-308.