Scott Prudham , Professor

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Home Campus:
U of T St. George

PhD:
University of California, Berkeley (1999)

Other Degrees:
MA University of Victoria (1992)
BA & Sc McMaster University (1990)

Contact Information:

Joint appointment with School for the Environment
Phone:    (416) 978-4975
Location: Room 5007, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     scott.prudham@utoronto.ca

Personal Website: http://geography.utoronto.ca/scott-prudham-home-page/

Research Interests:

  • Political ecology
  • Political economy and environment
  • Industrial and alternative forestry
  • Privatization and regulation of genetically modified organisms
  • Commodification
  • Environmental politics

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Prudham, S.  2013. Men and Things: Karl Polanyi, Primitive Accumulation, and Speculations on a Green Political Economy. Environment and Planning A 45: 1569 – 1587.
  • Prudham, S. and N. Heynen 2011. Introduction: Uneven Development 25 Years On: Space, Nature and the Geographies of Capitalism, New Political Economy, 16: 2, 223-232
  • Prudham, S 2009. Pimping climate: a critique of Richard Branson’s entrepreneurial activism. Environment and Planning A 41: 1594-1613.
  • Prudham, S 2008. Tall among the trees: Organizing against globalist forestry in rural British Columbia”. Journal of Rural Studies 24(2): 182-196
  • Prudham, S. 2007. The Fictions of autonomous invention: Accumulation by dispossession, commodification, and life patents in Canada. Antipode 39(3): 406-429.
  • Prudham, S. 2007. Sustaining sustained yield: class, politics and post-War forest regulation in British Columbia. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 27(2): 258-83.
  • Prudham, S. and A. Morris 2006. “Making the Market ‘Safe’ for GM Foods: The Case of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee”. Studies in Political Economy. 78(Autumn): 145-175.
  • McCarthy, J. and S. Prudham 2004. Neoliberal nature and the nature of neoliberalism. Geoforum 35(3): 275-283
  • Prudham, S. 2004. Poisoning the well: neo-liberalism and the contamination of municipal water in Walkerton, Ontario. Geoforum 35(3): 343-359.
  • Prudham, W.S. 2003. Taming trees: capital, science, and nature in Pacific Slope tree improvement. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 93(3): 636-656.
  • Prudham, W.S. 2003. Regional science, political economy, and the environment. Canadian Journal of Regional Science 25(2): 171-206.
  • Prudham, W.S. 2002. Downsizing nature: managing risk and knowledge economies through production subcontracting in the Oregon logging sector. Environment and Planning A 34: 145-66.
  • Boyd, W., W.S. Prudham, and R. Schurman 2001. Industrial dynamics and the problem of nature. Society and Natural Resources 14(7): 555-570.
  • Prudham, W.S. and M. G. Reed 2001. Looking to Oregon: comparative challenges to forest policy reform and sustainability in BC and the US Pacific Northwest. BC Studies 130(Summer): 5-40.
  • Prudham, W.S. 1998. Timber and town: Post-War federal forest policy, industrial organization, and rural change in Oregon’s Illinois Valley. Antipode 30(2): 177-96.
  • Prudham, W.S. and S.C. Lonergan 1993. Natural resource accounting (I): A review of existing frameworks. Canadian Journal of Regional Science 16(3): 363-386.
  • Prudham, W.S. and S.C. Lonergan 1993. Natural resource accounting (II): Towards the development of a regional model. Canadian Journal of Regional Science 16(3): 387-412.

Book Chapters

  • Prudham, S. (2012). “Pimping Climate Change: Richard Branson, Global Warming and the Performance of Green Capitalism”. Eldon, Stuart, Trevor Barnes, Michael Batty, Robert J. Bennet, Jamie Peck, Nigel Thrift, and Paul A. Longley (Eds) Environment and Planning: Five Volume Set. Volume 1: Cities and Regions.
  • Prudham, S. (2012). “The Political Economy of an Ecological Crisis”. In: Castree, Noel and Derek Gregory (Eds) Fundamentals of Human Geography. New York: Routledge.
  • Prudham, Scott (2011). Making forests “normal”: Sustained yield, improvement, and the establishment of globalist forestry in British Columbia. In: William Coleman (Ed) Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles Over Autonomy Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 80-100.
  • Prudham, Scott and William Coleman (2011). Introduction: Property, autonomy, territory, and globalization. In: William Coleman (Ed). Property, Territory, Globalization: Struggles Over Autonomy Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 1-28
  • Prudham, Scott, Gunter Gad and Richard Anderson (2011). Networks of power: Toronto’s waterfront energy systems from 1840 to 1970. In: Laidley, Jennefer and Gene Desfor (Eds) Reshaping Toronto’s Waterfront. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 175-200.
  • Prudham, S. (2009) “Commodification”. In Noel Castree, David Demeritt, Diana Liverman, and Bruce Rhoads (Eds) Companion to Environmental Geography. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp. 123-142.
  • Prudham, Scott (2009). Entries for the Dictionary of Human Geography, 5th Edition, edited by Derek Gregory, Geraldine Pratt, Michael Watts, and Sarah Whatmore and to be published by Basil Blackwell. Invited entries for “Forestry”, “Ecology”, “State of Nature”, “Sustainability”, “The Production of Nature”, “Human Ecology”, and “Cultural Ecology”.
  • Prudham, S. (2008). The Fictions of autonomous invention: Accumulation by dispossession, commodification, and life patents in Canada. Chapter in Privatization: Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations, Edited by Becky Mansfield. Antipode Book Series, Blackwell Publishers.
  • Prudham, Scott (2008). The Moral economy of global forestry in rural British Columbia. In: Renegotiating Community: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Contexts, Diana Brydon and William Coleman (Eds), Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 83-102.
  • Heynen, Nikolas, James McCarthy, Scott Prudham, and Paul Robbins (2007). “Introduction: false promises”. In Heynen et al., Neoliberal environments … Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press, pp. 1-21
  • Heynen, Nikolas, James McCarthy, Scott Prudham, and Paul Robbins (2007). “Conclusion: unnatural consequences”. In Heynen et al., Neoliberal environments … Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press, pp. 287-291.
  • Prudham, S. (2007). Poisoning the well: neo-liberalism and the contamination of municipal water in Walkerton, Ontario. Chapter 13, In Heynen et al., Neoliberal environments… Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press, pp. 163-176.
  • Prudham, Scott (2007). Entries for the Encyclopaedia of Environment and Society, edited by Paul Robbins. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage Publications. Entries for “Commodification”, “Forests”, “Maximum Sustained Yield”, “Moral Economy”, and the “Northern Spotted Owl”.
  • Boyd, W. and W.S. Prudham 2003. Manufacturing green gold: industrial tree improvement and the power of heredity in the post-War United States. In: Industrializing organisms: introducing evolutionary history, Susan Shrepfer and Philip Scranton (Eds), New York: Routledge Press, USA. pp. 107-42
  • Prudham, W.S 2003. Building a better tree: genetic engineering and fiber farming in Oregon and Washington. In: Engineering trouble: biotechnology and its discontents, Rachel Schurman and Dennis Takahashi (Eds). Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press. pp. 63-83
  • Lonergan, S.C. and W.S. Prudham 1994. Modeling global change in an integrated framework: A view from the social sciences. In: Changes in Land Use and Land Cover: A Global Perspective, B.L. Turner and W. Meyer (Eds). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp 411-35.

Books

  • Heynen, Nikolas, James McCarthy, Scott Prudham, and Paul Robbins (Eds) (2007). Neoliberal environments: false promises and unnatural consequences. Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press.
  • Prudham, W. Scott 2005. Knock on wood: nature as commodity in Douglas-Fir country. New York: Routledge Press USA. 260 pp.

Research Clusters:
Nature, Society and Environmental Change, Political Spaces