Simon Dalby

Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow and professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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Expertise
Environmental Security
Geopolitics
Global Security
Political Economy

Bio

Simon Dalby is a CIGI senior fellow. He is professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in Waterloo, where he teaches courses on governance, security and environment in the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Simon’s research interests include climate discourse in contemporary geopolitics, looking at popular representations of climate change and the strategies used in a range of media, and the burgeoning debate about the Anthropocene epoch and its implications for politics and policy formulation.

Simon was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of Victoria and holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Prior to moving to WLU, he was professor of geography, environmental studies and political economy at Carleton University.

Simon is the author of Anthropocene Geopolitics: Globalization, Security, Sustainability (University of Ottawa Press, 2020), Security and Environmental Change (Polity, 2009), Creating the Second Cold War: The Discourse of Politics (Pinter and Guilford, 1990/Bloomsbury 2016) and Environmental Security (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). He is co-editor of Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Routledge, 2019) and Reframing Climate Change: Constructing Ecological Geopolitics (Routledge, 2015). His articles have appeared in diverse scholarly journals, including Alternatives, Antipode: A Radical Journey of Geography, The Anthropocene Review, Australian Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, Environmental Politics, Geoforum, Geopolitics, Global Environmental Politics, Global Policy, Intelligence and National Security, International Politics, Millennium, Political Geography, RUSI Journal, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Studies in Political Economy.

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  1. Dalby, Simon
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    2018
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    ‘Firepower’ and Environmental Security in the Anthropocene
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    E-International Relations
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  2. Dalby, Simon
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    2018
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    Climate Change and Political Instability
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    The Encyclopedia of the Anthropocene
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    Oxford:Elsevier. vol.[2], 511-515
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  3. Dalby, Simon
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    2017
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    Climate Change and Geopolitics
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    The Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Climate Change
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  4. Dalby, Simon, Dan Scott, Clay Dasilva and Alex Suen
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    2017
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    Canada in a Climate Disrupted World
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    Report for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council “Imagining Canada’s Future” Initiative
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    Ottawa
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  5. Dalby, Simon
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    2017
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    Anthropocene Formations: Environmental Security, Geopolitics and Disaster
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    Theory, Culture and Society 34(2/3). 233-252
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  6. Dalby, Simon
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    2017
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    Global Ecology, Social Nature, and Governance
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    Anthony Burke and Rita Parker eds. Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 103-117.
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  7. Dalby, Simon
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    2016
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    Is Canada’s economic future free of fossil fuels?
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    OpenCanada
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