Environment and Sustainability


Those studying environmental geography attempt to address the ways in which human and non-human systems interact to alter environmental conditions. Students may enter environmental geography from natural science or social science perspectives and the Sustainable Development Research Initiative provides opportunities for new research initiatives.

From the natural sciences, faculty research interests include changes in biogeochemistry as a result of hydrological or geomorphological processes, biogeography, and water and atmospheric quality. In the social sciences, faculty interests incorporate analyses of natural resource allocation and policy, social and ethical issues of sustainability, environmental impact assessment, and local community development and resource use.

Efforts are made to develop research topics in environmental geography, which would integrate natural and social science perspectives. In addition, there is strong faculty support for research in environmental history, and several graduate students in human geography are working on the ‘culture of nature’ and the cultural politics of environmentalism.

Faculty working on ‘Environment and Sustainability’

Senior Instructor

My interests lie in the theory and practice of sustainable development, with the majority of my work to date focusing on development-related challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa. All of my courses examine human environment interactions, and seek to engage with questions of sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective and at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

Assistant Professor

My central academic goal is to wrestle with the theoretical and historical-geographical complexities of environmental politics as it shapes and is shaped by the entanglement of state, economy, science, and culture. My research draws from and contributes to diverse methodological approaches and literatures including political ecology, economic geography, feminist science studies, and increasingly, green finance.

Associate Professor

My current areas of research include the climate change and coral reefs in the central equatorial Pacific; the obstacles to public education about climate change; the effect of climate and agriculture on nutrient loading to large river systems; and trade-offs between food, feed and fuel production.

Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

My research lies in environmental history and water history and focuses on the history and politics of large rivers, particularly in Canada. Recent work focuses on the environmental history of hydro-electricity during the Second World War and the politics of pure water in Vancouver.

Professor of Teaching

My main area of interest is Geographic Data Visualization, and I teach courses in Cartography, Geographic Information Science and Remote Sensing. I work on collaborative research projects that use GIS to visualize environmental history and I undertake research on the evolution of the teaching of cartography in academia, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Associate Professor

I am a feminist political ecology with interests in race, nature, militarization, and resource extraction in Latin America. My current research projects are centered on the United States-Mexico border.