is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Politics. His research focuses on the politics of global environmental change, including current projects on sustainable consumption and corporate social responsibility. He has published 10 books and over 50 articles. He currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant (2010-13) on the "Global Environmental Politics of Eco-Consumerism." Recent journal articles include ones in Political Geography (2012), Global Environmental Change (2012), Third World Quarterly (2012 and 2009), Environmental Politics (2011), Millennium: Journal of International Affairs (2010), The Journal of Peasant Studies (2010), Global Environmental Politics (2010), and Organization & Environment (2010). His books include Eco-business (MIT Press, forthcoming, with Jane Lister), Timber (Polity Press, 2011, with Jane Lister), Paths to a Green World, second edition (MIT Press, 2011, with Jennifer Clapp), The Shadows of Consumption (MIT Press, 2008; released in paperback in 2010; winner of the Gerald L. Young Award for the best book authored in 2008 in the field of human ecology), Loggers and Degradation in the Asia-Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Shadows in the Forest (MIT Press, 1997), winner of the 1998 Sprout Award from the International Studies Association for the best book in global environmental affairs. A Japanese translation of the first edition of Paths to a Green World was published in July 2008.
Since joining the University of British Columbia in 2002, he has served as Director of the Environment Program at the Liu Institute for Global Issues (2003-05), Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Development in the Faculty of Arts (2006-08), and Senior Advisor to the President (with a focus on sustainability and strategic planning) (2008-09). He is currently serving as Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues. In addition, he is a member of the Publications Board of the UBC Press and the founding and past editor (2001-2008) of the MIT journal Global Environmental Politics. Although no longer active in international tournaments, he is also a Canadian chess master with an international FIDE rating of 2232.