Kate Neville joins the School of the Environment: Assistant Professor researches global politics of energy & water resource development

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Photo credit: K. Harris
By Kimberly Strong, Director, School of the Environment
The School of the Environment is pleased to announce that Dr. Kate Neville has been appointed to a tenure-track assistant professorship, starting on July 1, 2015.  This is a joint position: 51% in the Dept of Political Science and 49% in the School.
Kate’s research interests lie in the geographic, sociological, and historical context of energy and water resource developments in the global political economy.  She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, with a dissertation on the political economy of biofuels, focussing on eastern Africa.  She also has a Master’s of Environmental Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BSc (honours) in Biology from Queen’s.  Kate was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she studied unconventional oil and gas developments, with particular attention to debates over hydraulic fracturing in the Canadian north.
Kate brings a range of disciplinary perspectives to her research, enabling her to engage in discussions on questions of sustainability and governance from multiple angles.  She examines strategies of activism, shifting models of corporate governance, changing relationships between humans and the natural world, and the interactions between claim-makers and power-holders in historically grounded cycles of contention. Her work has attracted interest from policy-makers, practitioners, activists, indigenous communities, and industry. She brings a much-needed scholarly lens and a critical perspective to contentious and polarizing issues.
With her impressive publications and success in interdisciplinary studies, working with both natural and social scientists, Kate will be a great addition to the School!

Email address: kate.neville@utoronto.ca
Recent publication:
Neville, K.J. The Contentious Political Economy of Biofuels. Global Environmental Politics February 2015, 15(1): 21-40. doi:10.1162/GLEP_a_00270