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Vijay Kolinjivadi

Postdoctoral researcher, Institute of Development Policy, University of Antwerp

My interests lie in ecological economics and political ecology as it relates to human-nature relations. I completed a PhD at McGill University (2015) examining the social and political implications of economic valuation of the environment, particularly through "payments for ecosystem service" initiatives and have recently begun a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Development Policy at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. I am also a writer at the "Earth Negotiations Bulletin" and follow multi-lateral processes on "sustainable development" discourses at the international level. I try to be active in my community in Montréal in building solidarity with anti-oppressive struggles, especially in supporting migrant justice, raising attention to gentrification and against Islamophobia in the South-Asian diaspora.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Antwerp
  • 2016–2019
    Postdoctoral fellow, Université du Québec en Outaouais


  • 2015 
    McGill University , PhD


  • 2019
    Neoliberal performatives and the “making” of payments for ecosystem services (PES), Progress in Human Geography
  • 2019
    Avoiding dualisms in ecological economics: Towards a dialectic understanding of coproduced socionatures, Ecological Economics
  • 2019
    Putting nature ‘to work’ through Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES): Tensions between autonomy, voluntary action and the political economy of agri-environmental practice, Land Use Policy
  • 2019
    Can the planet really be saved in Time?: On the temporalities of socionature, clock time, and the limits debate. , Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space
  • 2017
    As a lock to a key? Why science is more than just an instrument to pay for nature’s services, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
  • 2015
    Capabilities as Justice: Analysing the acceptability of Payments for Ecosystem Services through ‘Social multi-criteria evaluation’, Ecological Economics
  • 2014
    Juggling multiple dimensions in a complex socio-ecosystem: The issue of targeting in Payments for Ecosystem Services, Geoforum