I was born in Reading, England in 1962, and grew up in Farley Hill, a small village in Berkshire in the parish of Swallowfield. I now live on the other side of the globe, in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. In both cases, I live on land that has been claimed, reclaimed, and fought over . Farley Hill is on marginal agricultural land, traditionally part of Windsor Great Forest, over which the Black Acts were operative. It was enclosed relatively late. Now I live on land that, for millenia, has been the traditional territory of the Katzie First Nation. Perhaps this explains my enduring interest in land, property, and the geographies of rights.
I am a Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Please contact me for more information on my research and teaching, or for graduate research opportunities.