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We are a group of faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph.

We have individual and shared expertise spanning range of topics, including: conservation, environmental governance, international development and aid, cause related marketing and campaigns, coastal communities and fisheries management, digital technology, media and ‘big data’, and the science-policy interface. We employ innovative research methods and publish in a range of geography, interdisciplinary and applied journals.

A selection of representative publications are listed below. As you will see, we enjoy collaborative work with graduate students and others! Contact us individually to learn more about our funded projects and specific graduate student opportunities.


Drakopulos, L., Silver, J. J., Nost, E., Gray, N., & Hawkins, R. Making global oceans governance in/visible with Smart Earth: The case of Global Fishing Watch. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Nost, E. and E. Colven. Earth for AI: A Political Ecology of Data-Driven Climate Initiatives. Geoforum.

Silver, J.J., Okamoto, D.K., Armitage, D., Alexander, S.M., Atleo, C., Burt, J.M., Jones, R., Lee, L.C., Muhl, E.K., Salomon, A.K. & Stoll, J.S. Fish, people, and systems of power: understanding and disrupting feedback between colonialism and fisheries science. The American Naturalist200(1), 168-180.

Silver, J. J., & Stoll, J. S. A framework for investigating commercial license and quota holdings in an era of fisheries consolidation, concentration and financialization. Marine Policy143, 105179.


Bernauer, W. and R. Roth. Protected areas and extractive hegemony: A case study of marine protected areas in the Qikiqtani (Baffin Island) region of Nunavut, Canada. Geoforum 120, 208-217.

Blythe, J. L., Armitage, D., Bennett, N. J., Silver, J. J., & Song, A. M. The politics of ocean governance transformations. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Campbell, L.M., N.J. Gray, S.B. Jones Zigler, L. Acton, and R. Gruby. World-making through mapping: Large scale marine protected areas and the transformation of the global ocean. In M. Himley, E. Havice, and G. Valdivia (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography, pp. 425-440. Taylor and Francis.

Duncan, E., A. Glaros, D. Ross, & E. Nost. New but for whom? Discourses of innovation in precision agriculture. Agriculture and Human Values

Gruby, R.L., N.J. Gray, L. Fairbanks, E. Havice, L. Campbell, A. Friedlander, K.L.L. Oleson, K. Sam, L. Mitchell, and Q. Hanich. Policy interactions in large-scale marine protected areas. Conservation Letters.

Hagerman, S.M., L.M. Campbell, N.J. Gray, and R.Pelai. Knowledge production for target-based biodiversity governance. Biological Conservation

Machen, R. and E. Nost. Thinking algorithmically: The making of hegemonic knowledge in climate governance. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

Nost, E. and J. Goldstein. A political ecology of data. Environment & Planning E: Nature and Space.

Paul, A., R. Roth, and S.S.B. Moo. Relational ontology and more-than-human agency in Indigenous Karen conservation practice. Pacific Conservation Biology.

Richey, L. A., Hawkins, R., & Goodman, M. K. Why are humanitarian sentiments profitable and what does this mean for global development? World Development.


Artelle, K. A., Brown, K., Chan, D. E., & Silver, J. J. A community-led approach to COVID-19. Scienc, 369(6502), 385-386.

Artis, E., N.J. Gray, L.M. Campbell, R. Gruby, L. Acton, S.B. Zigler, . Mitchell. Stakeholder Perspectives on Large-scale Marine Protected Areas. PLOS One 15(9): e0238574.

Clark, K., Hawkins, R., & Silver, J. J. Gender, nature and nation: Resource nationalism on primary sector reality TV. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space

Gray, N.J., C. Corson, L.M. Campbell, P. Wilshusen, R. Gruby and S. Hagerman. Doing strong collaborative fieldwork in human geography. Geographical Review 110(1-2): 117-132.

Hawkins, R., & Horst, N. Ethical consumption? There’s an app for that. Digital technologies and everyday consumption practices. The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien, 64(4), 590-601.

Kipp, A., R. Hawkins & N.J. Gray. Gendered and racialized experiences and subjectivities in volunteer tourism. Gender, Place & Culture, DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2019.1708274

Nost, E. Infrastructuring “data-driven” environmental governance in Louisiana’s coastal restoration plan. Environment & Planning E: Nature and Space.

Ohayon, J., E. Nost, K. Silk, M. Rakoff. Barriers and opportunities for breast cancer organizations to focus on environmental health and disease prevention: a mixed-methods approach using website analyses, interviews, and focus groups. Environmental Health.

Youdelis, M., R. Nakoochee, C. O’Neil, E. Lunstrum, and R. Roth. “Wilderness” revisited: Is Canadian park management moving beyond the “wilderness” ethic? The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien 64 (2), 232-249.


Armitage, D., Okamoto, D., Silver, J.J., Francis, T. Davies, I., Levin, P.S., Cleary, J., Dressel, S.C., Jones, R., Kitka, H., Lee, L., McIsaac, J., Poe, M., Punt, A.E., Reifenstuhl, S., Shelton, A.O., Schmidt, J., Siple, M.C., Thornton, T.F., Voss, R., Woodruff, J. Integrating governance and quantitative evaluation of resource management strategies to improve social and ecological outcomes. BioScience.

Bennett, N and R. Roth. Realizing the transformative potential of conservation through the social sciences, arts and humanities. Biological Conservation

Corson, Catherine, Lisa M. Campbell, Peter Wilshusen and Noella J. Gray. 2019. Assembling global conservation governance. Geoforum 103: 56-65.

Kipp, A. & Hawkins, R. The responsibilization of “development consumers” through cause-related marketing campaigns. Consumption Markets & Culture

Mansfield, B., R. Lave, K. McSweeney, A. Bonds, J. Cockburn, M. Domosh, T. Hamilton, R. Hawkins, A. Hessl, D. Munroe, D. Ojeda, and C. Radel. It’s time to recognize how men’s careers benefit from sexually harassing women in academia. Human Geography. 12(1): 82-87.

Moola, F and R. Roth. Moving beyond colonial conservation models: Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas offer hope for biodiversity and advancing reconciliation in the Canadian boreal forest. Environmental Reviews

Nost, E., Robertson, M., and Lave, R. Q-method and the performance of subjectivity: Reflections from a survey of US stream restoration practitioners. Geoforum 105, 23-31

Nost, E. Climate services for whom? The political economics of contextualizing climate data for Louisiana’s coastal Master Plan. Climatic Change

Silver, J.J. and Campbell, L.M. Conservation, development and the blue frontier: The Republic of Seychelles’ Debt Restructuring for Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Program. International Social Science Journal

Silver, J. J., & Stoll, J. S. How do commercial fishing licences relate to access?. Fish and Fisheries20(5), 993-1004.


Blythe, J., Silver, J.J., Evans, L., Armitage, D., Bennett, N., Moore, M-L., Morrison, T., Brown, K. The dark side of transformation: latent risks in contemporary sustainability discourse. Antipode.

Fraser-Celine, V-L., Hovorka, A., Silver, J.J. Human conflict over wildlife: exploring social constructions of African Wild Dogs (Lycaon Pictus) in Botswana. Human Dimensions of Wildlife

Gray, Noella J. Charted Waters? Tracking the Production of Conservation Territories on the High Seas. International Social Science Journal 68 (229-230): 257-272.

Hawkins, R. Breaking Down Barriers of Culture and Geography? Caring-at-a-Distance through Web 2.0. New Political Science.

Lamb, V. and R. Roth. Science as friend and foe: the ‘technologies of humility’ in the changing relationship to science in community forestry debates in Thailand. In Mollett and Kepe (Eds). Land Rights, Biodiversity Conservation and Justice: Rethinking parks and people. Routledge.

Moore, S. A., H. Rosenfeld, E. Nost, K. Vincent, and R. E. Roth. Undermining methodological nationalism: Cosmopolitan analysis and visualization of the North American hazardous waste trade. Environment and Planning A.

Stoddard, E., A. Cantor, D. Rocheleau, J. Brewer, R. Roth, K. Foo, T Birkensholts and P Nirmal. Putting Rooted Networks Into Practice. ACME.

Tardif, J and R. Roth. From Birds to Boats: The political ecology of cruise tourism in Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve in Quebec (Canada). Tourism in Marine Environments

Walker, D., E. Nost, A. Lemelin, R. Lave, and L. Dillon. 2018. Practicing environmental data justice: From DataRescue to Data Together. Geo.


Bennett, N., Roth, R., Klain, S., Chan, K., Clark, D., Cullman, G., Epstein, G., Nelson, P., Stedman, R., Teel, T., Thomas, R., Wyborn, C., Currans, D., Greenberg, A., Sandlos, J & Verissimo, D. Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation.

Bennett, N, Roth, R., Klain, S., Chan, K., Clark, D., Cullman, G., Epstein, G., Nelson, P., Stedman, R., Teel, T., Thomas, R., Wyborn, C., Currans, D., Greenberg, A., Sandlos, J & Verissimo, D. Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology

Gray, Noella J., Nathan J Bennett, Jon C Day, Rebecca L Gruby, T. Aulani Wilhelm, Patrick Christie. Human Dimensions of Large-scale Marine Protected Areas: Advancing Research and Practice. Coastal Management.

Gray, N.J., A. Meeker, S. Ravensbergen, A. Kipp, and J. Faulkner. Producing science and global citizenship? Volunteer tourism and conservation in Belize. Tourism Recreation Research

Nost, E., H. Rosenfeld, K. Vincent, S. Moore, and R.E. Roth. HazMatMapper: An online and interactive geographic visualization tool for exploring transnational flows of hazardous waste and environmental justice. Journal of Maps

Silver, J.J., and R. Hawkins. “I’m not trying to save fish, I’m trying to save dinner”: Media, celebrity and sustainable seafood as a solution to environmental limits. Geoforum


Campbell, L.M., N.J. Gray, L. Fairbanks, J.J. Silver, R.L. Gruby, B. Dubik, X. Basurto. Global Oceans Governance: New and Emerging Issues. Annual Review of Environment and Resources

Gray, N.J. The Role of Boundary Organizations in Co-Management: Examining the Politics of Knowledge Integration in a Marine Protected Area in Belize. International Journal of the Commons.

Gray, N.J., Lisa M. Campbell, and Alexandra Meeker. Decommodifying neoliberal conservation? A political ecology of volunteer tourism in Costa Rica. In S. Nepal and J. Saarinen (Eds.), Political Ecology and Tourism, pp. 54-67Routledge.

Hawkins, R., and J.J. Silver. From selfie to #sealfie: Nature 2.0 and the digital cultural politics of an internationally contested resource. Geoforum.

Johnson, R., Fraser, E., & Hawkins, R. Overcoming barriers to scaling up sustainable alternative food systems: A comparative case study of two Ontario-based wholesale produce auctions. Sustainability.

VonderPorten, S., Silver, J.J., Lepofsky, D., McGregor, D. Recommendations for marine herring policy in Canada: Aligning with asserted Indigenous legal and inherent rights. Marine Policy


Hawkins, R. Shifting conceptualizations of ethical consumption: Cause-related marketing in India and the USA. Geoforum.

Latt, S and Roth, R. Agrarian Change and Ethnic Politics: Hmong and Shan agricultural production in Northern Thailand. Journal of Agrarian Change

Mountz, A., A. Bonds, B. Mansfield, J. Loyd, J. Hyndman, M. Walton-Roberts, R. Basu, R. Whitson, R. Hawkins, T. Hamilton and W. Curran. For Slow Scholarship: A feminist politics of resistance through collaborative action in the neoliberal university. ACME.

Nost, E. Performing nature’s value: software and the making of Oregon’s ecosystem services markets. Environment and Planning: A 47 (12): 2573-2590.

Silver, J.J., N.J. Gray, L.M. Campbell, L.W. Fairbanks, R.L. Gruby. Blue Economy and Competing Discourses in International Oceans Governance. Journal of Environment and Development

Valencia‐Fourcans, L., and R. Hawkins. Representations of Women in Microcredit Promotional Materials: The Case of Espoir Ecuador. Journal of International Development