Michael M’Gonigle

POLIS Founder; Professor Emeritus & Former Eco-Research Chair in Environmental Law and Policy, UVic

Dr. Michael M’Gonigle is the founder of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at the University of Victoria. Michael was cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law and the Department of Environmental Studies in 1995, and held the Eco-Research Chair in Environmental Law and Policy. He has written widely on international law, environmental and resource management issues, and theories of ecological political economy. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace International, the Sierra Legal Defense Fund, and Smart Growth BC. His research and teaching is focused on forestry and fish resource sectors, urban sustainability, and community-based governance.

He is the author or co-author of Forestopia: A Practical Guide to the New Forest Economy (1994); Nature, Production and Power: Towards an Ecological Political Economy (co-editor) (2000); Where There’s a Way, There’s a Will: Developing Sustainability Through the Community Ecosystem Trust (2001); Ecological Economics and Political Ecology: Towards a Necessary Synthesis (in Ecological Economics, 1999); Fishing Around the Law: The Pacific Salmon Management System as a “Structural Infringement” of Aboriginal Rights (McGill Law Journal, 1999).