"He not busy being born is busy dying"
- Bob Dylan
Much of my research focuses on climate policy 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 low-carbon technologies - I am fascinated by the environmental arguments and counter-arguments made about them and their social, political economic and ecological consequences!
These interdisciplinary research interests come together under the theoretical gaze of 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 more recently agro-ecology, protein foods and livestock production), all from the point of view of ecological 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 "sustainable protein", aviation and climate change 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.