A podcast series offering core content for university students studying environmental politics.

  • Episode 1 
    Intro to Global Ecopolitics - Part 1

    In this episode, Peter and Ryan give listeners a sneak peek at what's in store for season 2 of The EcoPolitics Podcast!

  • Dr. Hayley Stevenson ( l’Universidad Torcuato Di Tella) and Dr. Simon Dalby (Wilfrid Laurier University) join us with a wide-ranging conversation, from defining the field of global ecopolitics to delving into the concept of environmental security, helping to set the scene for Season 2 of The EcoPolitics Podcast.

    Theory and Method in Global Environmental Politics

    What are some of the main theoretical approaches and methods used in the study of Global Ecopolitics? In this episode Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega (FLACSO) provides some very helpful answers and further explains the relationship between theory and method for students of Global Ecopolitics.

    Eco-colonialism and Environmental Justice in the Global South

    In this episode, Dr. Joseph E. Mbaiwa (University of Botswana) and Dr. Chris Brown (Carleton University) help us examine the theme of eco-colonialism and global environmental justice through a case study on wildlife conservation in Botswana.

    Global Ecopolitics After COVID-19: Social Movements and International ENGOs

    In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jennifer Allan of Cardiff University to get a better sense of how NGOs are shaping the climate movement, and the potential opportunities that arise for a green recovery post-COVID.

    Great Power Politics and the Environment

    Dr. Yixian Sun (University of Bath), and Dr. Matthew Paterson (University of Manchester), explain how the world's most powerful countries - from Great Powers in the G7 to emerging powers in the BRICS - shape ecopolitical outcomes on the global stage.

    Multilateral Agreements and Institutions in Global Ecopolitics

    Dr. Radoslav Dimitrov (Western University) demystifies the politics of negotiating multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). He also explains why some MEAs are essentially "hollow" or "empty" despite appearing to onlookers as legitimate institutions.

    Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene

    In this episode we talk about Indigenous environmental justice with Dr. Kyle Whyte (University of Michigan, and citizen of the Potawatomi Nation). Dr. Whyte explains how indigenous knowledge, identity, and kinship networks can reshape contemporary ecological politics.

    Indigenous Environmental Rights: The Maya of Belize

    In this episode Cristina Coc (Toledo Alcaldes Association/Maya Leaders Alliance) and Filiberto Penados (Julian Cho Society) draw on their experience in Belize to illustrate the crucial connections between Indigenous land rights and environmental conservation.

  • EPISODE 10
    Dairy Cows, Climate Change and Settler Colonialism: Insights from Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Aotearoa/New Zealand's dairy sector contributes 1/4 of that country's greenhouse gas emissions. Dr John Reid (University of Canterbury), and Dr. Hugh Campbell (University of Otago), show us how Māori sustainability values are having a growing influence on the sector's response to the challenge of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • EPISODE 11
    Growth, Degrowth, Agrowth

    What is the relationship between economic growth and the environment - and why is there so much debate about such a seemingly simple question? In this episode we hear Dr. Susan Paulson (Univeristy of Florida) and Dr. Bengi Akbulut (Concordia University) share their answers to this question, and more!

  • EPISODE 12
    Metaphors for Climate Governance

    Proposing a new metaphor for decarbonization, Dr. Steven Bernstein (Toronto) and Dr. Matthew Hoffmann (Toronto) discuss how we might challenge carbon lock-in from local action to global governance.

  • EPISODE 13
    Resources, Population and the Global Environment: A Case Study in Water

    Recorded on World Water Day, in this episode, we speak with Dr. Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University to discuss all things water. Our conversation touches on the human right to water and sanitation, the ways in which water is a cross-cutting, multisectoral entity, and how governance of water, and further, privatization, is complicated, and can often be detrimental, to ensuring our rights to water.

  • EPISODE 14
    Global Cities, Environmental Politics, and Low Carbon Transition

    Just over a decade ago, the world’s urban population surpassed its rural population in a trend of urbanization that is expected to continue for decades to come. This trend has raised some interesting questions with respect to how cities can participate in global sustainability efforts and how they might have a say in the governance of environmental politics. In this episode, we dive into these questions with Dr. Harriet Bulkeley, Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University and at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University.