Associate Professor
Associate Head of Undergraduate Program
University of British Columbia, 2011, PhD
University of British Columbia, MA
University of Victoria, BSc


My research and teaching focus on environmental politics. In geography this often goes under the label of political ecology, which refers to much more than the government or the state. It includes consideration of how environmental politics is shaped by and shapes economics, science, culture, history, gender, racism, colonialism, social movements and more. Those working in political ecology, including me, aim to better understand urgent problems – biodiversity loss, drought, poverty, ongoing dispossessions, gendered and racialized violences, climate change – but recognize that diagnosing the causes of these problems, and understanding the relationships between them, is complex and always political. In my research I focus especially on trying to understand how biodiversity loss continues despite the proliferation of international, national and regional conservation laws, policies and advocacy efforts. It seems as thought biodiversity loss has a kind of momentum of its own: but from where does that momentum stem? My current major research projects focus on 1) developing a political economic explanation of extinction, centered on an investigation of Canadian wildlife, and 2) examining dominant, increasingly economic and financial approaches to conservation. My research is in dialogue with diverse methodologies and literatures, including political ecology, feminist political economy, economic geography, science studies, and green finance.

Winter 2018

GEOG313 Environmental Justice and Social Change Sections

Economic, social, political and cultural structures and institutions that shape contemporary socioecological challenges.

Winter 2018

GEOG442 Student Directed Seminar in Human Geography Sections

Self-directed, collaborative studies in human geography, in a group-learning environment, initiated and coordinated by senior undergraduate students with the supervision of a faculty advisor. Course structure, enrolment, and delivery methods will comply with the "Handbook for Student Directed Seminars." Credit will be granted for only one of GEOG 442 or GEOG 443.

Winter 2018

GEOG520 Themes and Interpretive Issues in Modern Human Geography Sections

Themes and interpretive issues in modern human geography. Students from outside Geography require the permission of the Head of the department.