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Peter Dauvergne
Former Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-2014); Faculty Associate, Liu Institute for Global Issues; Professor, International Relations
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Peter Dauvergne is the former Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-2014) and Professor of International Relations. His research focuses on the politics of global environmental change, including current projects on sustainable consumption, corporate social responsibility, and social movements. He has published 13 books and over 80 articles, chapters, and commentaries (see & ResearchGate).

Recent journal articles include ones in The Journal of Peasant Studies (2010, 2015) Progress in Development Studies (2014), International Studies Review (2013), New Political Economy (2013), Political Geography (2012), Global Environmental Change (2012), Third World Quarterly (2013, 2012, and 2009), Environmental Politics (2011), Millennium: Journal of International Affairs (2010), Global Environmental Politics (2010), and Organization & Environment (2010). His books include Protest Inc. (Polity, 2014, with Genevieve LeBaron), Eco-Business (MIT Press, 2013, with Jane Lister), Timber (Polity Press, 2011, with Jane Lister), Paths to a Green World, second edition (MIT Press, 2011, with Jennifer Clapp), The Shadows of Consumption (MIT Press, 2008; released in paperback in 2010; winner of the Gerald L. Young Award for the best book authored in 2008 in the field of human ecology), Loggers and Degradation in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Shadows in the Forest (MIT Press, 1997), winner of the 1998 Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for the best book in global environmental affairs. A Japanese translation of the first edition of Paths to a Green World was published in 2008. An Arabic translation of The Shadows of Consumption was published in 2013. A Korean translation of Protest Inc. was published in 2015.

Since joining the University of British Columbia in 2002, he has served as Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Development in the Faculty of Arts (2006-08), Senior Advisor to the President (with a focus on sustainability and strategic planning) (2008-09), and Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009-2014). In addition, he was a member of the Publications Board of the UBC Press (2002-2012) and the founding and past editor (2001-2007) of the MIT journal Global Environmental Politics. Although no longer active in international tournaments, he is also a Canadian chess master with an international FIDE rating of 2232. 

Graduate Supervision

Recent graduate students have completed theses in international relations on global environmental politics, regional politics of the Asia-Pacific, and sustainable development in the Third World. (Professor Dauvergne has supervised to completion over 30 postdoctoral, PhD and MA students.)

Current PhD Supervisions

  • Jennifer Allan (Research Interest: NGOs and Climate Change Negotiations)
  • Sara Elder (Research Interest: Food Security in Nicaragua)
  • Charles Roger (Research Interest: Informal International Organizations)
  • Justin Alger (Research Interest: Global Politics of Marine Conservation)
  • Jonathan Gamu (Research Interest: Environmental Politics of Insecurity in Peru)
  • Miriam Matejova (Research Interest: Global Environmental Politics)

Current MA Supervisions

  • N/A

Current PhD Committees

  • Priya Bala-Miller (Political Science: Corporate Social Responsibility)

Recent Postdoctoral Supervisions

  • Jane Lister (Research Interest: Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Environmental Governance) (2009-2013)
  • Genevieve LeBaron (Research Interest: Critical Political Economy, Labor, and Social Movements) (2012-2013)

Recent PhD Supervisions

  • Déborah Barros Leal Farias (PhD 2015) Giving Knowledge with No Strings Attached: Brazil's Use of Technical Cooperation as a Foreign Policy Tool and the Case of 'Biofuels Diplomacy'
  • Kate Neville (PhD 2013). The Contentious Political Economy of Biofuels: Transnational Struggles Over Food, Fuel, and the Environment
  • David Seekings (PhD 2011). Caring About Aid: An Ethics of Care Approach to Global Health Aid
  • Jane Lister (PhD 2009). Co-regulating Corporate Social Responsibility: Government Response to Forest Certification in Canada, the United States and Sweden

Recent PhD Committees

  • Suzi Malan (Forestry, 2015: Conservation Parks in Africa)
  • Frédéric Le Manach (Fisheries, 2014: Inshore Fishing and Global Consumption)
  • Alice Cohen (Resource Management and Environmental Studies, 2011: Watersheds and Policy)
  • Shane Barter (Political Science, 2011: Conflict in Southeast Asia)
  • Francois de Soete (Political Science, 2010: Animal Ethics)
  • Meidad Kissinger (Planning, 2008: Ecological Footprint Analysis)
  • Paula Barrios (Law, 2008: Waste and International Law)

Recent MA Supervisions

  • Samuel Couture Briere (MA 2014). Collaborative Consumption: Sharing Our Way to Sustainability?
  • Ted Thomas (MA 2013). A Tale of Two Curses: The Economic, Political, and Developmental Effects of Dependency on Foreign Aid and Natural Resources
  • Rumana Monzur (MA 2013). Securitization of Climate Change in Bangladesh: The Repercussions of Rising Sea Levels for Human Security.
  • William Gochberg (MA 2013). All Bark and No Bite? Illegal Logging and REDD Implementation in Weak States
  • Kiosh Rama Iselin (MA 2012). Democracy and Planning for the Long-Term: The Case for Better Representing the Current Generation
  • Colin Trehearne (MA 2007). Japanese Voluntary Environmental Agreements: Political-Economic Stability as Contributor to Effectiveness
  • Nicolas Sternsdorff (MA 2007). The Politics of Eating Sustainably: Explaining Altruism in the Ocean Wise Program
  • Lindsay Johnson (MA 2006). Advocates, Experts or Collaborative Epistemic Communities? Defining the Scientific Role of NGOs in International Environmental Negotiations
  • Tracey Janes (MA 2006). Teaching Private Governance: A Critical Analysis of the UN Global Compact
  • Katherine Hall (MA 2006). Environmental Justice in the United States: Reconstructing "Race" and "Nature"
  • Talusier Arbour LaSalle (MA 2006). The Canary in the Coal Mine: Arctic Indigenous Peoples and the POPs Regime
  • Hamish van der Ven (MA 2005). Burning Money to Save the Environment: An Interest-Based Analysis of Canada's Implementation Plan for the Kyoto Protocol
  • Ashley N. Hamilton (MA 2005). Governing Oil Inc.: Socially Responsible Investment and the New Governance Gap
  • Samantha Kohn (MA 2004). The Mekong River's Paper Dragon: A Political Analysis of the Efficacy of the Mekong River Commission

Selected Publications and Grants

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Books: Click covers for links (including to sample chapters for The Shadows of Consumption).


Articles (Professor Dauvergne is the author of over 80 articles. Below is a sample.)

Op-eds and Magazine Articles (from 2010-2013)

  • (with Jane Lister as lead author and Genevieve LeBaron, "A Patch of Green," Alternatives 39 (1) (2013), 28-31.
  • (with Laura Lee and Miro Cernetig). "Developing Nations' Pandemic: The Car," Vancouver Sun, 9 January 2010, C04.

Book Reviews (in 2009-10)

      1. Book Review Perspectives: The Shadows of Consumption: Consequences for  the Global Environment, by Peter Dauvergne.

        a. Foye Hatton, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

        b. Alina M. Szmant, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, USA

        c. Rejoinder by the Author: Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia

     In Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 5 (no. 2, Fall 2009): available at

Grants (Below is a sample.)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. "Corporations and the Politics of Environmental Activism in the Global South," 2014-2019.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. "Global Environmental Politics of Eco-Consumerism," 2010-13.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. "Global Environmental Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility." Completed in 2009.
  • President's Office, UBC. "The Politics of Corporate Environmentalism. Ongoing. 
  • Weyerhaeuser US Environmental and Resource Policy Research Program. "Co-Regulating Corporate Social Responsiblity" (investigator, Jane Lister). Completed.
  • Canada Research Chair, 2002-2012. "Global Environmental Politics." Completed.
  • Hampton Fund, UBC. "Socio-Economic and Environmental Determinants of Well-Being in Flood-Prone Mozambique." Completed. 
  • MIT Press. "Editorial Office of the Journal of Global Environmental Politics." Completed.
  • Australian Research Council. "Corporations and the Global and Local Politics of Tropical Forests as Carbon Sinks." Completed.
  • University of Sydney. "Editorial Office of the Journal of Global Environmental Politics." Completed.
  • University of Sydney. "Corporate Loggers in the Asia-Pacific." Completed.
  • Canadian International Development Agency. "Environment, Development, and Security." Completed.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Medical Research Council of Canada. "Eco-Research Doctoral Fellowship." Completed.
  • Canada-ASEAN Centre. "Research in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia." Completed.
  • University of British Columbia. "Alcan Fellowship in Japanese Studies." Completed.

Peter Dauvergne, Genevieve LeBaron
14 March 2014
Peter Dauvergne, Jane Lister
An excerpt from Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister's book, Eco-Business, is published in The World Financial Review.
29 May 2013
Peter Dauvergne, Jane Lister
A new book by Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister.
1 April 2013
Jane Lister, Peter Dauvergne
Peter Dauvergne and Jane Lister published a new open access article on the e-IR website for International Relations scholars on the corporatization of sustainability.
17 January 2013
Jane Lister, Peter Dauvergne
This trailblazing book is the first to expose what's happening inside corporate commodity chains with conclusions that fundamentally challenge our understanding of how and why deforestation persists.
3 March 2011
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