Matthew Evenden is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) who specializes in the environmental history of rivers. He has taught at UBC since 2000 and offers courses in environmental history, historical geography and Canadian Studies. He completed a PhD in environmental history at York University in 2000 under the supervision of Viv Nelles, for which he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal as well as the Rachel Carson Prize from the American Society of Environmental History for best dissertation of the year.
Evenden is particularly interested in the history of large river development. Some of his major publications include Fish versus Power: An Environmental History of the Fraser River (Cambridge UP 2004) which received a Clio Prize from the Canadian Historical Association, and The River Returns: An Environmental History of the Bow, co-authored with Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2009). Urban Rivers: Re-making Cities, Rivers and Space in Europe and North America, co-edited with Stéphane Castonguay, appeared in 2012 with the University of Pittsburgh Press. He is currently working on a book under contract with the University of Toronto Press, Allied Power: Mobilizing Hydro-electricity during Canada’s Second World War. Other projects include an environmental history of Vancouver’s water supply and a study of hydro development conflicts in northern British Columbia.
Evenden is co-director of the Canadian Water History Project/Projet sur l’histoire de l’eau au Canada (with Stéphane Castonguay), and a founding member of the Network in Canadian History and Environment/ Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement (NICHE) . In 2008, he was appointed as an early career scholar of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, UBC. In 2011 he received a UBC Killam teaching prize.
Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, 1984 West Mall, Vancouver, BC CANADA V6T 1Z2
Phone: 604.822.6407 Fax: 604.822.6150
Email: matthew evenden AT ubc ca (where AT=@, and space = .)