Hungry Capital reviewed in the Marx & Philosophy Review of Books


Book review by Nicola Livingstone, originally appeared on the Marx & Philosophy Review of Books on December 9, 2015.

In ‘Hungry Capital’, Luigi Russi considers the relationship between food production, consumption and finance in a short but interesting, revelatory but not revolutionary, and original but somewhat disconnected book. The metaphor of Hobbes’s leviathan is adopted to set the scene, situating capitalism as the monster being precariously held together by the fragile and contradictory relations it creates. Read more

Everything Gardens reviewed in Transition Culture


Book review by Rob Hopkins, originally appeared on Transition Culture on August 28, 2015.

Academic work on Transition can often be infuriating rather than illuminating.  I was once asked to peer review a paper on Transition, a movement I was central in kickstarting and shaping, but I had to decline on the grounds that the paper was utterly incomprehensible.  While some research is excellent, and offers useful insights and meaningful data, there is also much that leaves me cold, or bewildered.  With this in mind, I picked up a copy of Luigi Russi’s ‘Everything Gardens and other stories: growing Transition Culture‘ with a certain trepidation. Read more

The Global Politics of the Plate

Moving Units

This is an interview with Daniel Tucker in conjunction with the Moving Units event series at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, originally published online on May 20, 2015.

Luigi Russi, a law graduate of Bocconi University and the University of Oxford, is currently a doctoral candidate in Sociology at University of Exeter. His first book Hungry Capital: The Financialization of Food (Zero Books, 2013) tries to bring home the effects of something as apparently virtual as finance on one of the most intimate aspects of everyday living, namely our food. His second book Everything Gardens and Other Stories: Growing Transition Culture (University of Plymouth Press, 2015) explores the cultural politics of Transition Town initiatives. Read more

Preface for Everything Gardens by R.C. Smith


This preface opens my forthcoming book Everything Gardens and Other Stories: Growing Transition Culture (University of Plymouth Press, April 2015).

That fundamental system change constitutes a vital requirement of this century is no mystery. The reorganisation of society, the alteration of shared coordinates for the benefit of a more socially and ecologically just world—this is our collective challenge. It is by no means an easy endeavour. Even the most progressive theories and discourses, which see revolutionary change as a continuous and many-sided process, do not fail to show awareness of the complexity of the challenge. Read more

Finance and the privatization of rural livelihoods


Originally published on RoarMag on November 1, 2014. Co-authored with Tomaso Ferrando.

The disappearing boundaries between financial speculation and development aid are an unsettling testimony to the rapid financialization of agriculture.

A big piece of news for food politics enthusiasts this summer was India’s veto over a proposed agreement — to be concluded within the legal framework of the World Trade Organization — on ‘trade facilitation measures’. The agreement was meant to regulate a number of sensitive issues, mostly related to customs infrastructure and procedures, which are liable to affect trade between WTO members. As it often happens with international agreements, however, exceptions and exemptions are as important as the rules being agreed. Read more

Hungry Capital reviewed on the Journal of Peasant Studies


Below is an excerpt from the review of ‘Hungry Capital’ appeared on the Journal of Peasant Studies. The full reference for the review piece is the following: Lawrence, G. (2014), ‘Financialization’, Journal of Peasant Studies 41(4), pp. 421-444.


In Hungry capital, Luigi Russi takes the reader through the highly complex world of finance, explaining, in a relatively uncomplicated manner, how a system that conventionally lent funds as a basis for regulating society’s scarce resources has emerged as a ‘hall of mirrors’ where monies traded have little or no connection with market fundamentals. Read more