Christian Abizaid, Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

McGill University

Other Degrees:
MA McGill University
Licenciatura (Honors Equivalent), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)

Cross Appointments:
With School of the Environment
Also affiliated with Latin American Studies (LAS)

Contact Information:

Joint Appointment with School of the Environment
Location: Department of Geography and Planning
Room 5055, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George Street)
Toronto ON, M5S 3G3
Tel: 416.978.3373
Fax: 416.946.3886

Research Interests:

  • Environment and development
  • Indigenous and peasant livelihoods and resource use in Latin America
  • Vulnerability and resilience
  • Rural poverty
  • Forest and biodiversity conservation
  • Social networks
  • Neotropical forests; mainly Amazonia and Mexico


Teaching This Academic Year:


  • ENV223H1F – Fundamental Environmental Skills (Fall)
  • JGE321H1S – Multicultural Perspectives on the Environment (Winter)
  • GGR341H1S – Changing Geography of Latin America (Winter)


  • JGE1425H – Poverty, Livelihoods and Environment in the Global South



Selected Publications:

Abizaid, C. and J. McManus. 2017. A comparison of commercial and subsistence fisheries in the Amazon: A systematic review from Brazil and Peru (under review)

Abizaid, C., O.T. Coomes, Y. Takasaki, and J. P. Arroyo-Mora. 2017. Rural social networks along Amazonian rivers: seeds, labor and soccer among rural communities on the Napo River, Peru. The Geographical Review (Published online on December 31, 2016). DOI: 10.1111/gere.12244

Abizaid, C., O.T. Coomes, and M. Perrault-Archambault. 2016. Seed sharing in Amazonian indigenous rain forest communities: a social network analysis in three Achuar villages, Peru. Human Ecology 44(5): 577-594.

Coomes, O. T., Y. Takasaki, C. Abizaid, and J.P. Arroyo-Mora. 2016. Environmental and economic determinants of rain forest livelihood choice: a community-level analysis from western Amazonia. Ecological Economics 109: 260-271.

Webster, K., J.P. Arroyo-Mora, O.T. Coomes, Y. Takasaki, and C. Abizaid. 2016. A cost path and network analysis methodology to calculate distances along a complex river network in the Peruvian Amazon. Applied Geography 73: 13-25.

Abizaid, C., O.T. Coomes, Y. Takasaki, and S. Brisson. 2015. Social network analysis and peasant agriculture: cooperative labor as gendered relational networks. The Professional Geographer 67(3): 447-463.

Takasaki, Y., O.T. Coomes, C. Abizaid, and S. Brisson. 2014. An efficient nonmarket institution under imperfect markets: labor sharing for tropical forest clearing. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 96(3): 711-732. Also included in AJAE Virtual Issue: Development Economics.

Coomes, O.T., Y. Takasaki, C. Abizaid and B. Barham. 2010. Floodplain fisheries as natural insurance for the rural poor in tropical forest environments: evidence from Amazonia. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17: 513-521.

Coomes, O.T., C. Abizaid and M. Lapointe. 2009. Human modification of a large meandering Amazonian river: genesis, ecological and economic consequences of the Masisea cutoff on the central Ucayali, Peru. Ambio 38(3): 130-34.

Abizaid, C. 2005. An anthropogenic meander cutoff along the Ucayali River, Peruvian Amazon. The Geographical Review 95(1): 122-134.

Abizaid, C. and O.T. Coomes. 2004. Land use and forest fallowing dynamics in seasonally dry tropical forest in the southern Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Land Use Policy 21(1): 71-84.

Abizaid, C. and O.T. Coomes. 2004. Land use and forest fallowing dynamics in seasonally dry tropical forest in the southern Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Land Use Policy 21(1):71-84.


Research Clusters:
Nature, Society and Environmental Change