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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
Office: Buchanan C310
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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. He currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (2014-19) on "Corporations and the Politics of Environmental Activism in the Global South." 

Recent journal articles include ones in 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), The Journal of Peasant Studies (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 July 2008. An Arabic translation of The Shadows of Consumption was published in 2013. A Korean translation of Protest Inc. is forthcoming.

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 (2001-2008) 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

  • Déborah Barros Leal Farias (Research Interest: Brazil and Global Politics of Biofuels)
  • Jennifer Allan (Research Interest: Global Forest Governance)
  • Sara Elder (Research Interest: Resource Management, Consumption, and Global Supply Chains)
  • Charles Roger (Research Interest: Transnational Climate Governance)
  • Justin Alger (Research Interest: Global Politics of Biodiversity)
  • Jonathan Gamu (Research Interest: Environmental Politics of Insecurity in South America)
  • Miriam Matejova (Research Interest: Security and Climate Change)

Current MA Supervisions

  • Samuel Couture Briere (Research Interest: Consumption)

Current PhD Committees

  • Suzi Malan (Forestry: Conservation Parks in Africa)
  • Priya Bala-Miller (Political Science: Corporate Social Responsibility)
  • Frédéric Le Manach (Fisheries: Inshore Fishing and Global Consumption)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.)

  • (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.
  • "Research Trends in Global Environmental Politics," in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Handbook of Global Environmental Politics,second edition (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012): ch. 1.
  • Introduction: The Field of Environmental Politics," in Peter Dauvergne, Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013): ch 1.
  • "Globalization and the Environment," in John Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy, 4th edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013) (revised and updated from the 2011 chapter, below).
  • (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.
  • "Globalization and the Environment," in John Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy, 3rd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011): 449-480 (revised and updated from the 2008 chapter, below).
  • (with Kate J. Neville), "The Changing North-South and South-South Political Economy of Biofuels," Third World Quarterly 30 (6) (2009): 1087-1102.
  •  "History of Environmentalism," the Introduction for Peter Dauvergne, Historical Dictionary of Environmentalism (Scarecrow Press, 2009): xli-lviii.
  • "Conservation's Uphill Battle," The Chronicle of Higher Education 55 (no. 14, 28 November 2008): B11-B13.
  • "Globalization and the Environment," in John Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy, 2nd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008): 448-477 (revised and updated from the 2005 chapter, below).
  • "Cancer and Global Environmental Politics: Proposing a New Research Agenda," a Special Issue of Global Environmental Politics, The Global South and the Environment: Essays in Memory of Marian A.L. Miller, guest edited by Jennifer Clapp, 5 (3) (August 2005): 6-13.
  • "Dying of Consumption: Accidents or Sacrifices of Global Morality,"a Special Issue of Global Environmental Politics, The Global South and the Environment: Essays in Memory of Marian A.L. Miller, guest edited by Jennifer Clapp, 5 (3) (August 2005): 35-47.
  • "Global Environmental Politics: Handbook Topics and Themes," in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005): ch. 1.
  • "Research in Global Environmental Politics: History and Trends," in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005): ch. 2.
  • "The Environmental Challenge to Loggers in the Asia-Pacific: Corporate Practices in Informal Regimes of Governance," in David L. Levy and Peter J. Newell, eds., The Business of Global Environmental Governance (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005): ch. 7, 169-196. Reprinted in Mitchell, Ronald B., ed. International Environmental Politics Vol. 1 (London: Sage 2008), 335-355.
  • "Globalization and the Environment," in John Ravenhill, ed., Global Political Economy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005): 366-389.
  • “A Model of Sustainable International Trade in Tropical Timber,” International Environmental Affairs 9, no. 1 (winter 1997): 3-21, reprinted in Peter M. Haas, ed., Environment in the New Global Economy (London: Edward Elgar: 2003). Reprinted in David L. Feldman, ed., Geopolitics of Natural Resources (London: Edward Elgar, 2011).
  • “Communities in Turmoil: Comparing State Responses to Environmental Insecurity in Southeast Asian Forests,” in David B. Dewitt and Carolina G. Hernandez, eds., Development and Security in Southeast Asia, volume 1: The Environment (Ashgate, 2002).
  • (and Jennifer Clapp), “Environment, Development, and Security in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Linkages,” in Dewitt and Hernandez, eds. Development and Security in Southeast Asia, volume 1: The Environment (Ashgate, 2002).
  • “Lost in the Forests of Uncertainty.” FORUM For Applied Research and Public Policy (Summer 2002): 79-84
  • “The Rise of an Environmental Superpower? Evaluating Japanese Environmental Aid to Southeast Asia,” in Javed Maswood, ed., Japan and East Asian Regionalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2001): 51-67.
  • "Globalisation and Environmental Change: Asia’s 1997 Financial Crisis,” Current History, November 2000, 389-395.
  • "The Case for Chess as a Tool to Develop Our Children's Minds," July 2000. Translated into Portuguese, for the book A Importância do Xadrez (The Chess Importance), published by ABCX in 2007. Reprinted in Education Horizons 11 (6) (2011), 28-30.
  • "Asia’s Environment after the 1997 Financial Meltdown: A Need of a Regional Response,” Asian Perspective, 23 (1999), 53-77.
  • "The Environmental Implications of Asia’s 1997 Financial Crisis,” IDS Bulletin 30 (1999), 31-42.
  • "Corporate Power in the Forests of the Solomon Islands,” Pacific Affairs, 71 (Winter 98-99), 524-546.
  • "Burning Down Indonesia: The Politics of Forest Fires,” The Asia-Pacific Magazine, No. 11 (1998), 34-37.
  • "Reforming Multinational Loggers in Solomon Islands,” Pacific Economic Bulletin, 13 (1998), 106-115.
  • "Globalisation and Deforestation in the Asia-Pacific,” Environmental Politics, 7 (1998), 113-134.
  • "Weak and Strong States in the Societies of the Asia Pacific,” Pacific Economic Bulletin, 13 (1998), 124-131.
  • "The Political Economy of Indonesia’s 1997 Forest Fires," Australian Journal of International Affairs, 52 (1998), 13-17.
  • "States and the Environment in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia,” in Peter Dauvergne, ed., Weak and Strong States in Asia-Pacific Societies (Allen and Unwin, 1998): 135-157.
  • “Japanese Trade and Deforestation in Southeast Asia,” in De Koninck, Rodolphe and Christine Veilleux, eds., Southeast Asia and Globalization: New Domains of Analysis/ L’Asie du Sud-Est face à la mondialisation: les nouveaux champs d’anlayse (Québec: GÉRAC, Université Laval, 1997): 133-156.
  • "The Politics of Deforestation in Indonesia," Pacific Affairs, 66 (Winter, 1993-1994), 497-518.
  • "Nuclear Power Development in Japan: 'Outside Forces' and the Politics of Reciprocal Consent," Asian Survey, 33 (Jun., 1993), 576-591.

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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