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Graduate Program in Political Science

Events & Seminars

International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2013
Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto
Radical Food and Hunger Politics in the City

Monday June 10 to Friday June 21, 2013

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Ross S674

Guest Instructor: Nik Heynen – Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Summer School Director: Liette Gilbert – Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies


Since 1991, the annual Summer School investigates one salient issue within the field of international political economy and ecology. A prime objective of the course is to bridge the gap between theory and practice, and between ecology and democracy.

 2013 Course Description (ENVS 6275, GEOG 5395, POLS 6282)

Amidst proliferating hunger and growing poverty in cities across the world, little attention continues to be given to the geographies of survival and the sorts of radical politics that should be working to ameliorate these destructive inequalities.  This course will use a combined urban political ecology/urban political economy and social movements framework to consider the structural circumstances that allow such depravities to exist as well as the sorts of problem framing, education and actions that could provide a response to so many suffering.

Dr. Nik Heynen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Adjunct Associate Professor in Anthropology, and is an affiliate with UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR), Institute of Women’s Studies, Institute for African American Studies and Law School Land Use Clinic.  He is an editor at Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography and the University of Georgia Press series Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation.  His research interests include urban political ecology and environmental justice, social theory, and social movement theory with specific interests in food politics. His main research foci relate to the analysis of how social power relations, including class, race and gender are inscribed in the transformation of urban nature/space, and how in turn these processes contribute to interrelated and interdependent connections between nature, space and social reproduction.

Application Information

The IPEE Summer School invites applications from graduate students, activists and other interested individuals. The application deadline is Monday April 15, 2013.  

The Summer School can be, but need not be, taken for graduate-level academic credit. For graduate students at York University and other Ontario universities, the fee for the course is included in the regular tuition. Non-Ontario students seeking course credit are welcome and should contact Jlenya Sarra-De Meo, for further information. For applicants not seeking academic credit, the Summer School fee is CDN $600. The number of places available in the course is limited.

 Registration in the course is by application only. To apply, send a short statement (maximum 200 words) explaining the relevance of the course to your studies or activities. Include your current program of study and year level. Graduate students in Political Science, Geography, and Environmental Studies should submit applications to their respective graduate program offices. Others should contact Dr Liette Gilbert, IPEE Summer School Director,

Dr. Liette Gilbert, Associate Professor
Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto