Noah Quastel

Sessional Instructor

Email: noah_quastel @


  • Ph.D. Economic Geography (UBC, 2014)
  • L.L.M. Law and Society. (University of Victoria, 2006)
  • L.L.B. (UBC, 1999)  


I am a lawyer and geographer. As a geographer, I research the environmental and social affects of commodity chains, their legal underpinnings, and efforts to transform them. I have studied bauxite, copper, tuna, coffee, and electricity and urban housing systems.  I use frameworks from critical geography, critical legal studies, and political economy.  I completed a PhD in 2014 and from 2015 to present have been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University. This includes collaborating with non-profits such as the Pivot Legal Society and the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists. I have publications in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geoforum, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and others. As a lawyer, I have acted in environmental, administrative law, litigation, professional misconduct and human rights. While mostly I have done law work in Vancouver, I spent one year working in Guatemala on human rights, including preparing cases in genocide and crimes against humanity.