David R. Boyd

POLIS Affiliate; Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. David Boyd is a founding member of POLIS with a longstanding association. He is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES). He is one of Canada’s leading experts in environmental law and policy and an internationally renowned authority on the relationship between human rights and environmental degradation.

David is currently UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment. He was co-chair of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He is a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide and the IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law.

David is also the award-winning author of over 100 articles and eight books including Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies and The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progress Towards a Greener Future.

View David’s recent UN reports on the right to a healthy environment.