Mike Simpson

Mike Simpson
2016-2018 Former Visiting Research Fellow
Centre for Global Studies

Mike Simpson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His dissertation research examines struggles over oil and gas pipelines in North America. These conflicts provide an entry point from which he explores the political ecology of settler colonialism.  He considers how ongoing processes of settler colonialism produce and reproduce specific ecological formations and assemblages of human and more-than-human worlds.  His research also considers how these ecological formations are challenged and contested in ways that bring-forth new political and economic possibilities. Mike’s work engages with literature on political ecology, post-humanism, new materialism, and urban geography. His previous publications include works on the political ecology of urban agriculture, and the Anthropocene as a colonial discourse. He is also affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, and instructor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.