PROFILE


"He not busy being born is busy dying"
- Bob Dylan

My name is Ryan Katz-Rosene, and I am busy being born (one hopes...). These days I am particularly busy being an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa's School of Political Studies (with affiliation to the Institute of Environment), where I research and teach a range of topics relating to Global Environmental Politics, International Political Economy, and Canada's role in the world. At the university I help coordinate the International Political Economy Network (IPEN). Off campus I serve as President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, and help out on my family's organic farm.


My objective as a researcher is to help inform effective and nuanced environmental policy and action. For this reason much of my research focuses on environmental debates - in particular their underlying political economic, ecological, and semantic dimensions and consequences. Whether it's oil pipelines, high-speed trains, nuclear power, livestock rearing, recycling, biofuels, renewables, public transit, economic growth, plant-based proteins, or any new proposed efficient technologies - I am fascinated by the environmental arguments and counter-arguments made about them and their social, political economic and ecological consequences! 

My interdisciplinary research interests come together under the theme of Global Ecological Political Economy. This means I study the complex interactions between political economic structures and the environment, and I aim to research this relationship both at a theoretical level and through critical qualitative analyses and empirical case studies. My research has thus waded into a range of topical areas (sustainable transportation, energy and climate policy, and agro-ecology, notably), all from the point of view of political economy, and with an underlying interest in helping to understand and foster a just transition to a sustainable economy both in Canada and globally. I have examined case studies involving Alberta's bituminous sands, high-speed rail development; nuclear energy; and livestock production, and I am currently involved in projects examining alternative proteins and "green growth".

Please see my research page for a detailed list of publications and research interests, and my media and teaching pages for specific areas of expertise and mentorship.