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Dr. Rosalind Warner


My background includes graduate work in Political Science at York University’s former Centre for International and Security Studies, a one-year travel-study tour around the world focused on issues of peace and conflict resolution, and almost 20 years of teaching subjects from Global Environmental Politics to International Development to Canadian government. I have researched and published on topics like ecological modernization, global environmental governance issues, protected areas governance in North America, environmental discourses, and environment and trade in Canadian foreign policy. One of my research lenses is that of transformation, as my work has touched on the theoretical basis of ecopolitical change in relation to ecological modernization theory. One key purpose of my work is to identify and analyze patterns in law, policy, and civil society practice that have moved international actors toward recognition of non-human entities as part of the human ethical community, particularly the role of indigenous knowledge. I have had a longstanding interest in the theoretical and practical implications of environmental discourses, ethical values, and the history of environmental politics and policies, globally and locally. I am also a civil society activist on issues of climate, sustainable development, and teaching and learning, through my participation in the BC Council for International Cooperation, the Canadian Defence and Security Network, and the Canadian Environmental Network, as well as many other local organizations. I blog at

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