Seminar 7: Sustainability and Borders

In this seminar, we will focus on the sustainability dimension of borders. Climate change makes clear that environmental matters cross many boundaries in ways that make governing change using territorial borders very difficult. In the last few years, we have seen the transformation of landscapes into their conception as carbon sinks, as well as the financial calculations of offsets and carbon trading and related climate strategies. A key interest for researchers in this area is which environmental phenomena are governed by territorial strategies with definable borders, and which ones aren’t, and what forms do new structures of international environmental governance take.


  • J. Kurowska-Pysz and K. Szczepańska-Woszczyna, The Analysis of the Determinants of Sustainable Cross-Border Cooperation and Recommendations on Its Harmonization, Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2226
  • A. L. Woodsworth, Cross-border citizen action: Protecting the Salish Sea from the risks of fossil fuel transport. Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, 8, 2017
  • S. Dalby, ‘Firepower’ and Environmental Security in the Anthropocene, E-International Relations, 2018
  • S. Dalby, The geopolitics of climate change, Political Geography, Volume 37, November 2013, pp.38-47

Researcher: Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Currently, Simon is involved as the lead on the theme of sustainability for a major funded research project studying globalization and borders. His ongoing active research interests include climate discourse in contemporary geopolitics, looking at popular representations of climate change and the strategies used in a range of media, as well as the burgeoning debate about the Anthropocene epoch and its implications for politics and policy formulation.

This seminar will be held on January 15th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.