Feb 22, 2022
Professor J.A.(Tony) Binns FRGS, FNZGS, FHEA
Kayima Clinic in Sierra Leone

Since October 2004, Tony Binns has been Ron Lister Professor of Geography at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has worked in the field of Geography and Development Studies for over 40 years and has a longstanding interest in post-conflict reconstruction, food production systems, food security and community-based development.  Much of his field-based research has been undertaken in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published 21 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. Tony was President of the Geographical Association (UK) in 1995, President of the New Zealand Geographical Society (2010-2011) and President of the Commonwealth Geographical Bureau (2008-2016). He has a longstanding interest in Geographical Education. He teaches the only course on Africa in New Zealand - Transformations in Developing Countries (Africa). In January 2014, he was made a chief in the town of Kayima in the far northeast of Sierra Leone, West Africa. His title is Chief Manjawah of Sandor.