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Justine Townsend

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

I'm a political ecologist working to decolonize biodiversity conservation discourse and practice. Currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, I'm investigating decolonial knowledge mobilization in the conservation sector. For my PhD (2022), I critically analyzed possibilities for reconciliation through Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas. I work with an Indigenous NGO in Canada that's advancing Indigenous-led conservation with a focus on knowledge mobilization and capacity building.


  • 2023–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia


  • 2022 
    University of Guelph, PhD Geography, Environment and Geomatics
  • 2009 
    York University, M.A. Geography