International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School

Since 1991, the International Political Economy and Ecology (IPEE) Summer School has offered a course each year on a salient issue within the IPEE field. Every year an internationally renowned scholar in the field is invited as the course instructor. The course offering is sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Department of Geography and the Department of Political Science at York University.

The 2017 International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School

Violent Political Ecolgies: Resources, Labour, Transformation

Monday June 12, 2017 to Friday June 23, 2017
1:00pm  – 4:00 pm, Ross S674

Instructor: Nancy Peluso, (ESPM, UC Berkeley) with Professors Libby Lunstrum
and Peter Vandergeest (Geography, York University) as co-instructors

Course Description

ENVS 6275, GEOG 5395, POLS 6282

Visible or invisible, historical or contemporary, spectacular or slow, violence underlies many natures and socio-environmental relations, even those constructed as idyllic.  Agrarian, resource, labor, and mass forms of violence have been at the heart of political ecology’s concerns since the early days of the field’s emergence. This short course works to take this often implicit theme of violence and bring it to the surface while maintaining an understanding of its forms, relationships with other processes, and contexts.  Readings and discussions will cover the ways in which political ecology has attended to violence, gaps in these approaches, and how we might collectively begin to address these gaps to move in new directions. We will additionally examine the methodological and ethical challenges of conducting fieldwork on violence and of writing about violence in general and political ecological violence more specifically.

Application Information

Application Procedures

The IPEE Summer School invites applications from graduate students, local activists, and other interested individuals. The application deadline is Tuesday April 1, 2017. Application procedures for the Summer School vary, depending on whether or not you intend to take the course for academic credit. All the applicants must send a short statement (maximum 200 words) explaining the relevance of the course to their studies or activities, and include their names, students numbers, current program of study and year level.

Coordinators will review applications and confirm selection and enrolment requirements by April 1, 2017.

Enrolment Procedures


Academic credit for the Summer School will be one half-course equivalent (that is, for a one term graduate course). For York graduate students, the fee for the Summer School is included in the regular tuition.

We welcome applications from all graduate students with relevant interests. Students need not be affiliated with York University to apply. For more information on the course and how to apply, please visit the course web page:


2) Ontario graduate students intending to take the IPEE Summer School for academic credit

Academic credit for the Summer School will be one half-course equivalent (that is, for a one term graduate course). For graduate students from Ontario universities, the fee for the Summer School is included in the regular tuition. Non-York students must also file an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application form (available from your home university). Please forward this form and application statement to:

Jlenya Sarra-De Meo, Graduate Program Administrator
S637 Ross, 416 736 2100 x88825

3) Graduate Students from outside Ontario intending to take the IPEE Summer School for academic credit

Graduate students from outside Ontario (Canadian and International students) should discuss with their own Graduate Program Director whether they must register for formal credit at York to receive credit at their own university. If you are required to register for formal credit, a letter of permission from your home university will be required. You will apply to York University as a special/visiting student and will be charged part-time fees. For more information or to send your application package, please contact:

Jlenya Sarra-De Meo, Graduate Program Administrator
S637 Ross, 416 736 2100 x88825

4) Applicants not seeking academic credit for the IPEE Summer School

Course fee for those not seeking academic credit is CDN $600. Please forward your application statement to:

Course Information
The number of participants in the course will be limited to 30. The course is a seminar format, with introductory remarks and/or lectures by the course instructor at the beginning of each session. A complete syllabus including a list of required readings and details of written assignments will be available before the class begins.


Although it's a hike from downtown Toronto night-life (an hour by subway and bus), you may want to consider staying on the York campus if coming from outside Toronto. Athletic and eating facilities are available on the campus. Dormitory-style housing is available starting around CDN $50 per night. Space is limited, and you do need to apply. For more information, please contact York Accommodations and Conference Services at 416 736 2011 x44170.

For cheaper accommodation on campus, or if you prefer, elsewhere in Toronto, you also might want to consider sharing a student apartment. However, there is no central exchange for information on students’ sublets and shares. You can check a Toronto newspaper (the Toronto Star is far better for this information than the Globe and Mail), Toronto Craigslist or Kijiji and/or consult with the York University Housing Service at 214 College Street.

Past IPEE Summer School Speakers

YearGuest Speaker(s)Theme
1991Eric HelleinerGlobal Finance and the Emerging World Order
1992Robert BoyerPost-Fordism
1993Saskia SassenGlobal Cities
1994Elmar AltvatarEconomy + Ecology
1995Vandana ShivaSustainability in a Turbulent World
1996Alain LipietzThe Planner After Fordism: Ecology, Democracy, Internationalism
1997Hilary Wainwright
Diane Elson
After the New Right: New Lefts North and South
1998Warren MagnussonSocial Movements and the Global City
1999Mike DavisThe Political Economy of Disaster: From Victorian Famines to Postmodern Apocalypses
2000Peter MarcuseGlobalizing Cities/Partitioned Worlds
2001Patrick BondChallenging Capitalist Globalizations: Targets, Opportunities, Contradictions
2002Tony ClarkeBlue Gold: Unpacking the Political Ecology of the Emerging Global Water Crisis
2003Dick BryanGlobal Capital and National Identity
2004Eric SwyngedouwDelightful Perversions of Glocalization: Nature, Space and Scale
2005Alex Demirovic
Joel Kovel
Joan Martinez-Allier
Ariel Salleh
Ecology, Imperialism and the Contradictions of Capitalism
2006Aijaz AhmedImperialism of Our Time
2007Alfredo Saad-FilhoDevelopment under Neoliberalism: Value, Money, Accumulation, Alternatives
2008Gustavo EstevaBeyond development and Globalization: Autonomous Movements, Indigenous Knowledges and Food Sovereignty in Latin America
2009Ronald Labonte
Rene Loewenson
Ted Schrecker
Social Injustice is Killing People: the Political Economy of Health
2010Nik TheodoreLabour Markets Under Late Neoliberalism: Restructuring, Regulations and Resistance
2011Adam HarmesNew Constitutionalism and Global Economy
2012Adam HaniehPolitical Economy of the Arab Spring: Crisis, Capitalism and Revolt
2013Nik HeynenRadical Food and Hunger Politics in the City
Jamie GoughLocalism in a Neoliberal World: How Do Right, Centre and Left Use the Local Scale?
2015Don MitchellMean Street: Class Struggle, Capital Circulation and Public Space.
2016Glen CoulthardResurgencies: Settler-Colonialism and Radical Indigenous Politics
Nancy PelusoViolent Political Ecologies: Resources, Labour, Transformation