Peter Dauvergne is a professor of international relations, specializing in global environmental politics. His research covers the politics of social movements, consumption, and corporations, especially the consequences for social inequality and ecosystem degradation in the global South. Recent topics include the politics of climate change, food, biofuels, mining, ocean conservation, and tropical deforestation.

His recent books include Environmentalism of the Rich (MIT, 2016), Protest Inc. (with G. LeBaron, Polity, 2014), Eco-Business (with J. Lister, MIT, 2013), Paths to a Green World, 2nd ed. (with J. Clapp, MIT, 2011), Timber (with J. Lister, Polity, 2011), and The Shadows of Consumption (MIT, 2008, winner of the Gerald L. Young Book Award). His books have been translated into Japanese, Korean, and Arabic. A documentary film of Protest Inc. is in production.

Since 2010 he has published articles in the Journal of Peasant Studies (2010, 2015), International Studies Review (2013, 2016), Global Environmental Politics (2010, 2016), Pacific Affairs (2017), Globalizations (2017), the Journal of Environment & Development (2017), Progress in Development Studies (2014), New Political Economy (2013), Political Geography (2012), Global Environmental Change (2012, 2016), Environmental Politics (2011), Millennium (2010), Organization & Environment (2010), and Third World Quarterly (2009, 2012, 2013).

At UBC, he has served as associate dean (2006-08), senior adviser to the president (2008-09), and director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-14). He is also the founding and past editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics.

In 2016 the International Studies Association presented him with its Distinguished Scholar Award for Environmental Studies.

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Winter 2017

POLI375A Global Environmental Politics - GLOB ENV POLI Sections

Ecological consequences of the global political economy.

Winter 2017

POLI562A Topics in International Relations - TOP IN INTER REL Sections

PhD and Postdoctoral Supervisions Since 2009

Two-thirds of the recent PhD graduates from UBC’s Department of Political Science have gone on to tenure-track and tenured university professorships, with most of the rest going on to work in public policy and nongovernmental organizations (see Where Do Our PhDs End Up?). In recent years Professor Dauvergne’s students have completed theses on global environmental politics, the regional politics of the Asia-Pacific, and the politics of sustainability in developing countries. (Professor Dauvergne has supervised to completion 40 postdoctoral, PhD, and MA students.)

  • Dr. Jane Lister (PhD, 2009; Postdoc, 2013), Associate Director of the Centre for Transportation, Sauder School of Business, UBC
  • Dr. David Seekings (PhD, 2010), Manager, Reach 2.0, Collaborations and Solutions in HIV, HCV and STI Research, Toronto
  • Dr. Kate J. Neville (PhD, 2012), Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science & School of Environment, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Genevieve LeBaron (Postdoc, 2013), Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield
  • Dr. Déborah Barros Leal Farias (PhD, 2014), Senior Policy Analyst, Brazilian Consulate, Vancouver
  • Dr. Charles Roger (PhD, 2016), Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Sara Elder (PhD, 2016), Consultant, Vancouver
  • Dr. Jonathan Gamu (PhD, 2017), Researcher, Ontario
  • Dr. Jennifer Allan (PhD, 2017), Postdoctoral Fellow, Carleton University
  • Justin Alger (PhD expected, 2017); Miriam Matejova (PhD expected, 2018)

MA Supervisions at UBC

  • Stefan Parker (MA, expected, 2017); Michaela Pedersen-Macnab (MA, expected, 2017), Dushan Pjevovic (MA, expected 2017); Samuel Couture Brière (MA, 2013); Ted Thomas (MA, 2013); Rumana Monzur (MA, 2013); William Gochberg (MA, 2012); Rama (Kiosh) Iselin (MA, 2011); Colin Trehearne (MA, 2005); Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna (MA, 2005); Katherine Hall (MA, 2005); Talusier Arbour LaSalle (MA, 2005); Lindsay Haselton (MA, 2005); Tracey Janes (MA, 2005); Ashley Hamilton (MA, 2004); Hamish van der Ven (MA, 2004); Samantha Kohn (MA, 2003).

International Awards

  • Recipient of the 2016 International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award in Environmental Studies
  • Recipient of the 2009 Gerald L. Young Award for the best book authored in 2008 in the field of human ecology, awarded by the Society for Human Ecology for The Shadows of Consumption (MIT Press)
  • Recipient of the 1998 Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for the best book in global environmental affairs, for Shadows in the Forest (MIT Press)

National Awards

  • Recipient of the Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics (2002-2012)

Professor Dauvergne has published 15 books and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters. Below is a sampling.


  • Environmentalism of the Rich (MIT Press, 2016).
  • Historical Dictionary of Environmentalism, 2nd ed. (Scarecrow, 2016) (1st ed in 2009; in paperback as The A to Z of Environmentalism).
  • Protest Inc.: The Corporatization of Activism (with Genevieve LeBaron) (Polity, 2014). Korean translation 2015. Shortlisted for the 2015 International Political Economy Book Prize of the British International Studies Association.
  • Eco-Business: A Big-Brand Takeover of Sustainability (with Jane Lister) (MIT Press, 2013).
  • Environmental Politics (editor) (Edward Elgar, 2013).
  • Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, 2nd ed. (editor) (Edward Elgar, 2012) (1st ed in 2005).
  • Timber (with Jane Lister) (Polity, 2011).
  • Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment (with Jennifer Clapp), 2nd ed. (MIT Press, 2011) (1st ed in 2005; Japanese Translation 2008).
  • The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for the Global Environment (MIT Press, 2008). (Awarded the Society of Human Ecology’s Gerald L. Young Award for the best book authored in 2008 in the field of human ecology.) (Arabic Translation in 2013).
  • Loggers and Degradation in the Asia-Pacific: Corporations and Environmental Management (Cambridge University Press, 2001).
  • Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies (editor) (Allen and Unwin, 1998).
  • Shadows in the Forest: Japan and the Politics of Timber in Southeast Asia (MIT Press, 1997). (Awarded the ISA’s 1998 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award for the best book on international environmental affairs.)

Journal Articles Since 2009

  • “Is the Power of Brand-focused Activism Rising? The Case of Tropical Deforestation,” The Journal of Environment & Development 22 (4) (2017): 391-410.
  • (with Genevieve LeBaron and Jane Lister), “Governing Global Supply Chain Sustainability Through the Ethical Audit Regime,” Globalizations (2017):
  • (with Justin Alger), “The Politics of Pacific Ocean Conservation: Lessons from the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve,” Pacific Affairs 90 (1) (2017): 29-50.
  • (with Charles Roger), “The Rise of Transnational Governance as a Field of Study,” International Studies Review (2016) 18 (3): 415-437.
  • (with Jennifer Clapp), “Researching Global Environmental Politics in the 21st Century,” Global Environmental Politics 16 (1) (2016): 1-12.
  • (multi-authored, 18): lead author, Sonja Klinksy:  Sonja Klinsky et al., “Why Equity is Fundamental in Climate Change Policy Research,” Global Environmental Change 2016, DOI:
  • (with Sara Elder), “Farming for Walmart: The Politics of Corporate Control and Responsibility in the Global South,” The Journal of Peasant Studies 42 (5) (2015), pp. 1029-1046.
  • (with Sara Elder and Jane Lister), “Big Retail and Sustainable Coffee: A New Development Studies Research Agenda,” Progress in Development Studies (PIDS) 14 (1) (2014), pp. 77-90.
  • (with Genevieve LeBaron), “The Social Cost of Environmental Solutions,” New Political Economy 18 (3) (2013), pp. 410-430.
  • (with Jen Iris Allan), “The Global South in Environmental Negotiations: The Politics of REDD+ Coalitions,” Third World Quarterly 34(8) (2013): 1307-1322.
  • (with Charles Roger), “Private Authority,” pp. 573-575, in Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini, eds., “Insights from Global Environmental Governance,”International Studies Review 15 (2013), pp. 562-589.
  • (with Kate J. Neville), “Biofuels and the Politics of Mapmaking,” Political Geography 31 (5) (2012), pp. 279-289.
  • (with Déborah Barros Leal Farias), “The Rise of Brazil as a Global Development Power,” Third World Quarterly 33 (5) (2012): 903-917.
  • (with Jane Lister), “Big Brand Sustainability: Governance Prospects and Environmental Limits,” Global Environmental Change 22 (1) (February) (2012): 36-45.
  • (with Kate J. Neville), “Mindbombs of Right and Wrong: Cycles of Contention in the Activist Campaign to Stop Canada’s Seal Hunt,” Environmental Politics 20 (2) (2011): 192-209.
  • (with Jane Lister), “The Power of Big Box Retail in Global Environmental Governance: Bringing Commodity Chains Back into IR,” Millennium: Journal of International Relations 39 (1) (2010): 145-160.
  • (with Kate J. Neville), “Forest, Food, and Fuel in the Tropics: The Uneven Social and Ecological Consequences of the Emerging Political Economy of Biofuels,” The Journal of Peasant Studies 37 (3) (2010): 631-660.
  • (with Jane Lister), “The Prospects and Limits of Eco-Consumerism: Shopping Our Way to Less Deforestation?“Organization & Environment 23 (2) (June 2010): 132-154.
  • “The Problem of Consumption,” Global Environmental Politics 10 (2) (2010): 1-10.
  • (with Kate J. Neville), “The Changing North-South and South-South Political Economy of Biofuels,” Third World Quarterly 30 (6) (2009): 1087-1102.

Book Chapters Since 2012

  • “The Coming Crisis of Planetary Instability,” in Colin Hay and Thomas Hunt, eds., The Coming Crisis (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): forthcoming.
  • (co-authored with Genevieve LeBaron and Jane Lister), “The New Gatekeepter: Ethical Audits as a Mechanism of Global Value Chain Governance,” in A. Claire Cutler and Thomas Dietz, eds., The Politics of Private Transnational Governance by Contract (London and New York: Routledge, 2017): 97–114 (refereed).
  • “The Political Economy of the Global Environment,” in John Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy, 5th edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • “The Sustainability Story: Exposing Truths, Half-Truths, and Illusions,” in Simon Nicholson and Sikina Jinnah, eds., New Earth Politics (MIT Press, 2016): 387-404 (refereed).
  • (co-authored with Kate J. Neville), “The Problematic of Biofuels for Development,” in Jean Grugel and Daniel Hammett, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of International Development (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016): 649–668.
  • (co-authored with Jane Lister), “Voluntary Zero Net Deforestation: The Implications of Demand-Side Retail Sustainability for Global Forests,” in William Nikolakis and John Innes, eds., Forests and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development (London: Earthscan, 2014), pp. 65-76 (refereed).
  • Introduction: The Field of Environmental Politics,” in Peter Dauvergne, Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013), pp. xiii-xxiv.
  • “Research Trends in Global Environmental Politics,” in Peter Dauvergne, Handbook of Global Environmental Politics, second edition (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012), pp. 3-28.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of Peter Dauvergne’s Curriculum Vitae

Date: 18 May, 2017

Current Position

  • Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science

Past UBC Positions

  • Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics (2002-2012)
  • Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC  (2009-2014)
  • Senior Advisor to the President (2008-2009) (UBC President Stephen Toope)
  • Associate Dean (2006-2008), Faculty of Arts
  • Founding Editor (1999-2008) of the MIT journal Global Environmental Politics

 Books (Total: 15)

  • Sole-author of 6 books (MIT 1997, 2008, 2016; Cambridge 2001; Rowman & Littlefield 2009, 2016)
  • Co-author of 5 books (MIT Press 2005/2011, 2013; Polity Press 2011, 2014)
  • Sole-editor of 4 books (Allen and Unwin 1998; Edward Elgar Publishing 2005, 2012, 2013)

International Awards

  • Received the 2016 International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award in Environmental Studies
  • Received the 2009 Gerald L. Young Award for the best book authored in 2008 in the field of human ecology, awarded by the Society for Human Ecology for The Shadows of Consumption (MIT Press)
  • Received the 1998 Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for the best book in global environmental affairs, for Shadows in the Forest (MIT Press)

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters (60) and Other Publications (49): Total: 109

  • Sole-author of 18 refereed articles and 21 chapters; co-author of 17 refereed journal articles and 4 book chapters
  • Sole-author of 2 monographs (Canadian Foreign Affairs; AusAID); author or co-author of 47 other publications
  • Refereed articles since 2009 in Journal of Peasant Studies (2010, 2015), Global Environmental Change (2012, 2016), International Studies Review (2013, 2016), Global Environmental Politics (2010, 2016), New Political Economy (2013), Political Geography (2012), Environmental Politics (2011), Millennium (2010), Organization & Environment (2010), Progress in Development Studies (2014), and Third World Quarterly (2009, 2012, 2013), Pacific Affairs (2017), Globalizations (2017), Journal of Environment & Development (2017).
  • 2015 Journal Citation Reports (JCR) Rankings of Select Journals:
    • Journal of Peasant Studies: 1/83 in Anthropology; 1/55 in Planning & Development
    • Global Environmental Change: 1/77 in Geography; 2/104 in Environmental Studies
    • Political Geography: 7/163 in Political Science; 9/77 in Geography
    • Global Environmental Politics: 13/163 in Political Science; 24/104 in Environmental Studies
    • Environmental Politics: 15/163 in Political Science; 26/104 in Environmental Studies
    • New Political Economy: 17/86 in International Relations; 32/163 in Poli Sci; 69/345 in Economics

SSHRC Grants Since 2004

  • 2014-19, “Corporations and the Politics of Environmental Activism in the Global South”
  • 2010-13, “Global Environmental Politics of Eco-Consumerism,” ranked 3 out of 88 applications
  • 2004-09, “Global Environmental Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility,” ranked 2 out of 118

Supervised to completion 4 Postdoctoral Fellows, 10 PhD dissertations, 28 MA Theses, and 6 BA Honours Theses from 1995-2017. Now supervising 2 PhDs & 3 MAs; member of 2 PhD committees. University PhD Examiner 18 times from 2009-2017: Env Studies (4), Philosophy (1), Planning (1), Anthropology (1), Geography (3), Forestry (2), law (2), and Poli Sci (4).

Peter Dauvergne is currently recruiting MA, PhD, and postdoctoral students in five research areas.

  1. The International Relations of Unsustainability and Insecurity in the Developing World
  2. The Global Politics of Environmental Activism
  3. Eco-Consumerism, Eco-Business, and the Politics of Global Sustainability
  4. The Political Economy of Corporate Social Responsibility
  5. Natural Resource Politics and Consumption (Timber, Minerals, Oceans, Land, Biofuels, Water, Food)