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Michael Simpson joined the School in 2020. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia. His research lies in the subfields of political ecology and urban geography, with a focus on the geographies of settler colonialism and racial capitalism.

His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Transactions, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Environment and Planning D, Environment and Planning E, Geoforum, Political Geography, Urban Geography, and Dialogues in Human Geography, among others. He is also co-author with Rueben George of It Stops Here: Standing up for our lands, our waters, and our people (Penguin Random House Canada). 

His publications have won several awards, including the Early Career Researcher Award from the journal Political Geography, the Early Career Researcher Award from the journal Urban Geography, and the Professional Geographer Award from the American Association of Geographers' Energy & Environment Specialty Group. He is also the recipient of a Royal Society of Edinburgh Early Career Researcher Personal Research Fellowship. 

He is currently completing a monograph on the political ecology of settler colonial and racial capitalist infrastructure in Vancouver, B.C. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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