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Rosemary is a human geographer interested in broadening critical thought beyond a strictly human subject. The overarching subject of her work is the relationship between capitalism and biological life, and the role this relationship plays in extinction and biodiversity loss. Specifically, Rosemary studies how wild animals' lives and deaths are de/valued, used and transformed in capitalist regimes. She also looks at the politics of institutions and cultural practices including wildlife management and law, wildlife conservation, rehabilitation and captivity, and wildlife science and film. In all cases her research aims to consider how these regimes, institutions and practices create conditions of im/possibility for how different beings - human and not - can live.
Rosemary draws on multisite and multispecies fieldwork combined with scholarship from political economy and political ecology, feminist thought (especially feminist political economy and ecofeminism), economic geography and sociology, and critical theory (especially posthumanist thought). She brings this approach to her ongoing research on the global exotic pet trade - currently focusing on how exotic pets are decommodified, following them as they exit commodity circuits through various means (sanctuary, illegal release, rehabilitation). She is also collaborating with Jessica Dempsey (at UBC) on a research project about woodland caribou, peering into current and historical political economic structures to try to explain why woodland caribou, despite receiving the highest legal protections available, are still projected to go extinct 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.
- 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
- Extinction & 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): bioeconomies.org
- Collard, R-C. Zoö-fetishism and the politics of commodity life in the global exotic pet trade. Durham: Duke University Press (under contract)
- 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. 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. www.multispecies-salon.org/abc/wild
Response/review essays & symposia
- 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 Arctic. AAG Review of Books 4 (2): 100-110
- ANIMAL TRAFFIC. 2016. Short animated film that tracks the global exotic pet commodity chain: bioeconomies.org/animal_traffic/
- WILD LOVE. 2010. Short documentary film about debate over a Vancouver exotic animal rental agency:vimeo.com/36452370
- Stephanie Eccles: MSc (2016-) thesis on the pest industry, animal geographies, human-animal relations
- Meghan Gagliardi: MSc (2016-) thesis on social difference, feminist and postcolonial thought, the university
- 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.