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 Department of Politics, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and the Department of Geography at York University.

International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School

On Land: Property, Governance and Place in a Climate Changed World

Libby Porter, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne

Course Director:
Ute Lehrer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Application Information

The IPEE Summer School invites applications from graduate students and other interested individuals.

Application procedures for the Summer School vary, depending on whether or not you intend to take the course for academic credit.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020.

Application Procedures

1. Students intending to take the 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).

1.1 Ontario Graduate Students, including York University Graduate Students

  1. You must submit a statement of why you would like to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
  2. Please send applications to Professor Ute Lehrer (
  3. Once given permission to enrol in the course, as applicable
    – York students who are not Political Science, FES or Geography students must file a "Request to Take a Course in Another Graduate Program at York for Credit" form.
    – Non-York students must file an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application form (available from your home university).
    Fees:  For graduate students from Ontario universities (including York), the fee for the Summer School is included in the regular tuition.

1.2 Graduate Students from Outside Ontario (Canadian and International)

  1. You must submit a brief statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
  2. Graduate students from outside Ontario 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, you must apply as a special student, and send both undergraduate and graduate official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at York University.  You should also provide to the Faculty of Graduate Studies a letter of permission from your home university.
    For graduate students attending university outside of Ontario who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who register for formal credit, the fee for the course would normally be approximately CDN $3,187.50.  (Please inquire about alternative arrangements).
    Note:  Be sure to check first with your own university whether or not you are required to register for formal credit at York to receive credit for the Summer School at your own university.

2. Students who are not seeking academic credit for the Summer School

  1. You must submit a statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.
  2. Should you be admitted to the Summer School, you must fill out a registration form which will be provided to you by the Faculty of Environmental Studies at a later date.
    Fees:  For all students who are not seeking academic credit the fee for the Summer School is CDN $600.

Admission Procedures

The number of participants in the course will be limited. Places are reserved for York Students from the sponsoring units, Department of Politics, Department of Geography and Faculty of Environmental Studies, but does not guarantee admission.

Admissions to the Summer School will be decided by a committee of all sponsoring academic units.  (For those applicants from outside Ontario who are seeking academic credit, this decision does not guarantee admission into the Faculty of Graduate Studies.)

Course Information

The dates of the course are June 1 – June 12, 2020. The course will meet Monday–Friday, 10:00am – 1:00pm.  The course is a seminar format, with introductory remarks and/or lectures by the course instructor at the beginning of each session.  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 $65 per night. Space is limited, and you do need to apply.  For more information, please contact York Accommodations and Conference Services at (416) 736-2100 ext. 20325.

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.

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
2018--(CUPE strike)
2019Susanne BergeronThinking Neoliberal Development Otherwise
2020Libby PorterOn Land: Property, Governance and Place in a Climate Changed World