Rosemary-Claire Collard

Associate Professor


I’m a human geographer and political ecologist studying the political economy of environmental change. In my research I especially try to identify the political economic drivers of skyrocketing extinction levels and loss of wild animal abundance. The proximate causes of these trends are land-use change causing habitat loss followed by over-exploitation – this is well-trodden scientific ground. But what’s behind those proximate drivers?

To develop deeper explanations, I study colonial and capitalist structures that are implicated in wild animal over-exploitation and habitat loss. These are structures like property and regulation; markets, commodity chains, and financial flows; and decision-making and management processes like environmental assessment. How are value and power generated and distributed within these structures? Why do states authorize destructive land use change and who benefits from it? More broadly, how have colonialism and capitalism shaped animal life and relations between people and animals, especially wildlife? I try to answer these kinds of questions in my long-term research on the global exotic pet trade, and in a newer project with Jessica Dempsey (UBC) on extractive development in endangered species habitat in Canada, focused especially on woodland caribou. In these projects I combine primary field research with critical theory – especially feminist and postcolonial political economy, environmental justice, and animal studies.

A couple of other things I work on are editing Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space with Leila Harris, Nik Heynen and Lyla Mehta, and directing The Society, Politics, Animals & Materiality (SPAM) Centre with Jesse Arseneault (Concordia University). I did my PhD (2014) and MA (2009) in geography at the University of British Columbia and a BA Honours in geography and environmental studies on Vancouver Island at the University of Victoria (2007), not far from my hometown of Sooke.

Selected publications


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


  • L Lunstrum, N Ahuja, B Braun, R-C Collard, P Lopez & R Wong. 2021. More-than-human and deeply human perspectives on COVID-19. Antipode (early view)
  • Collard, R-C, J Dempsey & M Holmberg. 2020. Extirpation despite regulation? Environmental assessment and caribou. Conservation Science and Practice 2 (4): 1-10
  • Collard, R-C & J Dempsey. 2020. Two icebergs: difference in feminist political economy. EPA: Economy and Space 52 (1): 237–247
  • 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

Publicly-engaged research

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


  • Briana Magnuson: MA (2020-) thesis on the political ecology of white shark endangerment
  • Rachel Singleton-Polster: MA (2020-) thesis on caribou decline and the political ecology of reclamation
  • Liam Kennedy-Slaney: PhD (2019-) thesis on the political ecology of wildlife translocation


  • Zachary Cameron: MA (2018-2020) thesis on permaculture, political ecology and social change
  • Meghan Gagliardi: MSc (2016-2018) thesis on social difference, white supremacy, feminist and anti-racist thought, the university
  • Stephanie Eccles: MSc (2016-2018) 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.