Rosemary-Claire Collard

Assistant Professor


Rosemary-Claire Collard

Assistant Professor



Rosemary is a human geographer and political ecologist. Through her research she aims to develop political economic explanations for defaunation and extinction. Topically, she primarily studies institutions and practices including state wildlife management and law; wildlife trade, conservation, rehabilitation and captivity; extractive development in endangered species habitat; and wildlife science and film. Her approach combines primary field research with critical theory – especially feminist and postcolonial political economy, environmental justice, ecofeminism, and animal studies – to investigate how colonialism and capitalism have shaped animal life and relations between people and animals, especially wildlife.

Rosemary brings this approach to her ongoing research on the global exotic pet trade, and to a collaborative research project with Jessica Dempsey (at UBC) about woodland caribou, peering into current and historical political economic structures to try to explain why some populations of woodland caribou, despite receiving the highest legal protections available, will likely become extirpated within a few generations. Another recently completed historical project examined sea otters' position within shifting capitalist social relations in the long lead-up to and aftermath of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

With Jesse Arseneault (Concordia University), Rosemary co-directs The Society, Politics, Animals & Materiality (SPAM) Centre. Before coming to SFU, Rosemary was a faculty member in geography at Concordia, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD (2014) and MA (2009) in geography at the University of British Columbia and her BA Honours in geography and environmental studies on Vancouver Island at the University of Victoria (2007), not far from her hometown of Sooke.


Editorial roles

  • Editor, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space
  • Editorial Board Member, Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • Editorial Board Member, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

Fields of interest & research

  • Commodification, value & enclosure (especially of nature/life)
  • Politics of nature/life
  • Defaunation, extinction and biodiversity loss
  • Animals (especially wildlife) and human-animal relations
  • Critical perspectives on wildlife trade (especially exotic pet trade) 
  • Critical perspectives on wildlife management, rehabilitation, captivity & conservation
  • Political ecology, environmental justice
  • Political economy, economic geography & socio-economic thought 
  • Feminist thought, feminist political economy, ecofeminism, feminist geography
  • Animal geographies & posthumanist thought
  • Biopolitical & bioeconomic theory
  • Science and technology studies, feminist science studies
  • Film geographies & documentary film production
  • Multispecies methodologies


Current research projects

  • Eco-debt: reparations and rehabilitation in the wake of environmental disasters (PI, FRQSC Nouveaux Chercheurs Grant)
  • The afterlives of exotic pets and the death of lively commodities (PI, SSHRC Insight Development Grant)
  • Woodland Caribou at the intersection of political economy and extinction (UBC Hampton Grant and SFU President's Research Grant, with J Dempsey)
  • The bio-economies media project (Co-investigator, SSHRC Connections Grant, PI J Dempsey):


Selected publications


  • Collard, R-C. 2020. Animal Traffic: Lively Capital in the Global Exotic Pet Trade. Durham: Duke University Press (in press)
  • Gillespie, K and R-C Collard, eds. 2015. Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world. New York: Routledge


  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & M Holmberg. 2020. Extirpation despite regulation? Environmental assessment and caribou. Conservation Science and Practice (forthcoming)
  • Collard, R-C and J Dempsey. 2019. Two icebergs: difference in feminist political economy. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space (online first): 1-11
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2018. Accumulation by difference-making: an Anthropocene story, starring witches. Gender, Place & Culture, early view
  • Collard, R-C, L Harris, N Heynen & L Mehta. 2018. The antinomies of nature and space. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 1 (1-2): 3-24
  • Collard, R-C. 2018. Disaster Capitalism and the Quick, Quick, Slow Unravelling of Animal Life. Antipode (early view): 1-19
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2017. Capitalist natures in five orientations. Capitalism Nature Socialism 28 (1): 78-97
  • Collard, R-C. 2016. Electric elephants and the lively/lethal energies of wildlife documentary film. Area 48 (4): 472-479
  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. A manifesto for abundant futures. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105 (2): 322-330
  • Collard, R-C. 2014. Putting animals back together, taking commodities apart. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 104 (1): 151-165
  • Brown, S, R-C Collard & D Hoogeveen. 2014. Pedagogical declarations: feminist engagements with the teaching statement. The Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38 (1): 148-154
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2013. Life for sale? The politics of lively commodities. Environment and Planning A 45 (11): 2682 – 2699
  • Collard, R-C. 2013. Panda politics. The Canadian Geographer 57 (2): 226-232
  • Collard, R-C. 2013. Apocalypse meow. Capitalism Nature Socialism 24 (1): 35-41
  • Collard, R-C. 2012. Cougar-human entanglements and the biopolitical un/making of safe space. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (1): 23-42
  • Collard, R-C. 2012. Cougar figures, gender and the performances of predation. Gender, Place and Culture 19 (4): 518-540

Chapters & entries

  • Collard, R-C. 2017. Companion species. Gender: Animals, ed Juno Salazar Parreñas, 3-17. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan
  • Collard, R-C. 2017. Exotic pets. In Humans and animals: A geography of coexistence encyclopedia, eds J Urbanik & C Johnson, 137-139. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press
  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Rowe. 2016. Re-regulating socioecologies under neoliberalism. In The Handbook of neoliberalism, eds K Birch, S Springer & J Macleavy, 455-465. New York: Routledge
  • Collard, R-C. 2015. Ethics in research beyond the human. In The handbook of political ecology, eds T Perreault, G Bridge & J McCarthy, 127-139. New York: Routledge
  • Collard, R-C & K Gillespie. 2015. Introduction. In Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard, 1-16. New York: Routledge
  • Collard, R-C & K Gillespie. 2015. Doing critical animal geographies: future directions. In Critical animal geographies: Politics, intersections and hierarchies in a multispecies world, eds K Gillespie & R-C Collard, 203-212. New York: Routledge
  • Collard, R-C. 2014. W for Wild. In The ABCs of multispecies studies, ed E Kirksey.

Response/review essays & symposia

  • Collard, R-C. 2020. Resisting the reordering of life on earth. In the review forum for Juno Parreñas’s Decolonizing Extinction. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2017. Politics of devaluation. Commentary in a forum on Kay & Kenney-Lazar's "Value in capitalist nature: an emerging framework." Dialogues in Human Geography 7 (3): 314–318
  • Dempsey, J & R-C Collard. 2016. If biodiversity offsets are a dead end for conservation, what is the live wire? A reply to Apostolopoulou and Adams (2016). Oryx 51 (1): 35-39
  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. The moderns’ amnesia in two registers. Response to “An ecomodernist manifesto” in a collection of commentaries edited by Eileen Crist & Thom Van Dooren in Environmental Humanities 7: 227-232
  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & J Sundberg. 2015. Disentangling the multiple and contradictory logics of Nature™ Inc. A review symposium for Nature™ Inc.: environmental conservation in a neoliberal age. Environment and Planning A 47 (11): 2394-2399
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey, organizers. 2016. Review forum on Emilie Cameron's Far Off Metal River: Inuit Lands, Settler Stories and the Making of the Canadian ArcticAAG Review of Books 4 (2): 100-110



Graduate supervision


  • Liam Kennedy-Slaney: PhD (2019-) thesis on the political ecology of wildlife translocation
  • Zachary Cameron: MA (2018-) thesis on food sovereignty, political ecology


  • Meghan Gagliardi: MSc (2016-2018) thesis on social difference, white supremacy, feminist and anti-racist thought, the university
  • Stephanie Eccles: MSc (2016-18) thesis on contested companionship, animal geographies, feminist and multispecies methodologies
  • Angela Parker (co-supervised with Alan Nash): MSc (2014-2016) on farm animal sanctuaries, "safe space" and human-animal relations


Future courses may be subject to change.