Biography

I am a Senior Research Associate at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. I am a member of the Global Environmental Justice Group, an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in the linkages between social justice and environmental change. I have a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) on environmental justice and agrobiodiversity conservation.

 

Research

My research lies at the intersection of (environmental) critical theory (particularly environmental justice), governance and biodiversity conservation, understood in its broadest sense (including biological conservation, management of ecosystem services, agrobiodiversity governance, land-use change, and access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources). My current research focuses on the social-ecological impacts of land-use intensification in forest-agriculture frontiers in the Global South (NERC/ESPA funded).

Recently, I have increasingly been interested in non-Western political theory and decolonial thought, particularly in relation to enviromental justice theory and practice. I am co-organizing a seminar series at the UCLouvain (Belgium) on how decolonial thought and action can provide tools to criticize and transform day-to-day activities related to the environment, agriculture, public spaces, gender, religion and migration (see http://decolonisations.wordpress.com/, in french).

 

Publications

Most of my publications are available on ResearchGate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brendan_Coolsaet

 

Teaching

I am an Associate Tutor at both the University of East Anglia and Lancaster University, teaching on the following classes:

  • DEV-5013B - Natural Resources and Development
  • LEC-224 - Globalizing Food: A Field Course of Food Politics and Culture
  • MOOC - Environmental Justice

 

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Contact

Email: b.coolsaet@uea.ac.uk

Room: ARTS 1.69

Walk-in hours (students): Thursday 3-5pm

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