Environmental Security and Conflict

Another area of interest focuses on understanding the relationship between natural resources and political upheaval. In 2010 I organized a conference around these themes, and subsequently collaborated with Dr. Larry Swatuk of the University of Waterloo in transforming these proceedings into an edited monograph entitled Natural Resources and Social Conflict: Towards Critical Environmental Security, published by Palgrave MacMillan. This research challenges prevailing claims about environmental security by privileging alternative conceptions and understandings that focus on rights, justice and access. Through this lens the analytical focus shifts from environmental security to environmental insecurity, as we move towards evaluating how individuals, groups and communities becomes disadvantaged in terms of their environmental entitlements.