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Jessica Dempsey, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies

Dr. Jessica Dempsey joined the School of Environmental Studies in 2011. Her central academic goal is to wrestle with the complexities of environmental politics, particularly under contemporary conditions. Jessica aims to open windows on how environmental governance and ecological science are entangled with ‘the economic’, and to examine the material and discursive geographies produced in the wake of market-oriented environmentalism. Her primary research areas include: political ecologies of biodiversity conservation and ecosystems; geographies of environmental finance and ‘neoliberal natures’; politics of knowledge and science; and geopolitics, global environmental governance and international finance. Prior to coming to UVic Jessica was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Washington’s Department of Geography. She has a PhD (2011) and MA (2006) in Geography from UBC, and a BSc (2002) in Geography and Environmental Studies from UVic. Jessica was part of POLIS from January-August 2002 working on numerous projects related to international ecological governance on issues of globalization, international law and forest.

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