Papers and books

Policy Briefs

Dempsey, J., Irvine-Broque, A., Gaster, T., Steichen, L., Bigger, P., Duque, A.C., Linett, A., Porto Ferreira, G., & Kaechele, N. (2024). Exporting extinction: How the international financial system constrains biodiverse futures. The Centre for Climate Justice, Climate and Community Project, and Third World Network. Available at: https://bit.ly/extinction-report

Gaster, T., Dempsey, J., Irvine-Broque, A. & Bigger, P.. (2022). The CBD must address debt as a driver of biodiversity loss. (Briefing Paper). Third World Network. Available at: https://www.twn.my/title2/biotk/2022/btk221107.htm

Dempsey, J. & Irvine-Broque, A. (2022). Addressing debt is critical to halting biodiversity loss. (Briefing Paper). Third World Network. Available at: https://twn.my/title2/biotk/2022/btk220305.htm

Dempsey, J., Irvine-Broque, A., Christensen, J. & Bigger, P. (2021). Thin and Shallow: Financial instruments for biodiversity conservation and their outlook. Working paper prepared for the NGFS + INSPIRE joint study group on Biodiversity and Financial Stability.

Christiansen, J. & Lim LC. (2021). Unheeded risks in the turn towards blended biodiversity finance. Third World Network. Available at: https://twn.my/title2/briefing_papers/twn/Blended%20finance%20TWNBP%20Aug%202021%20JC&LLC.pdf

Biodiversity Capital Research Collective. (2021). Beyond the Gap: Placing Biodiversity Finance in the Global Economy. Third World Network. Available at: https://twn.my/title2/books/Beyond%20the%20Gap/BeyondTheGap%20complete%20report.pdf

Dempsey, J., Nelson, S., Christiansen, J., Irvine-Broque, A., Rojas-Marchini, F., Bigger, P., DiSilvestro, A., Schuldt, A., & Shapiro-Garza, E. (2021). Resource mobilization and the Convention on Biological Diversity: Moving beyond the gap. The Third World Network. See versions in different languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish.

Bigger, P. et al. 2019. Submission to the Secretariat to the Convention on Biological Diversity on resource mobilization RM_Submission.

Published papers and books

Irvine-Broque, A. & Dempsey, J. (2023). Risky Business: Protecting Nature, Protecting Wealth? Conservation Letters, 16(4). https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12969

Dempsey, J., Irvine-Broque, A., Bigger, P., Christiansen, J., Muchhala, B., Nelson, S., Rojas-Marchini, F., Shapiro-Garza, E., Schuldt, A. & DiSilvestro, A. (2021). Biodiversity targets will not be met without debt and tax justice. Nat Ecol Evol (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01619-5. Also available at: https://rdcu.be/cE6PN.

Christiansen, J. (2021). Fixing fictions through blended finance: The entrepreneurial ensemble and risk interpretation in the Blue Economy. Geoforum, 120, 93–102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.01.013

Irvine-Broque, A., DiSilvestro, A. & Dempsey, J. (2021). The road less travelled: Finance for diverse ecological futures. In: Reparative accumulation? Financial risk and investment across socio-environmental crises (Eds. Cohen, D., Nelson, S., & Rosenman, E). Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. July 2021. doi:10.1177/25148486211030432

Nelson, S. H., & Bigger, P. (2021). Infrastructural nature. Progress in Human Geography, 030913252199391. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132521993916

Christiansen, J. (2021). Fixing fictions through blended finance: The entrepreneurial ensemble and risk interpretation in the Blue Economy. Geoforum, 120, 93–102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.01.013

Nelson S., L. Bremer, K. Meza-Prado and K. Brauman. (2020) The Political Life of Natural Infrastructure: Water Funds and Alternative Histories of Payments for Ecosystem Services in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Development and Change 51(1):26-50

Dempsey, J., Martin, T. G., & Sumaila, U. R. (2020). Subsidizing extinction? Conservation Letters, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12705

Dempsey, J., & Bigger, P. (2019). Intimate Mediations of For-Profit Conservation Finance: Waste, Improvement, and Accumulation. Antipode, 51(2), 517–538. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12503

Bigger, P. and J. Dempsey. (2018). Neoliberal Natures: a review of the field. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Dempsey, J. (2017). The financialization of nature conservation? In Money and finance after the crisis, Wiley-Blackwell (London), eds. B. Christophers, A. Leyshon and G. Mann. Available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781119051374.ch8/summary

Dempsey, J. and D.C. Suarez. (2016). Arrested development? The promises and paradoxes of “selling nature to save it”. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106: 653–671. http://doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1140018

Dempsey, J. (2016). Enterprising nature: economics, markets and finance in global biodiversity politics. Wiley-Blackwell (London).

Edited collections

Bigger, P. and J. Dempsey (eds). (2018). Failures and accomplishments of neoliberal natures: an edited forum. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space (An edited collection of eight short essays).

Presentations

Irvine-Broque, A. and Dempsey, J. Risky Business: Protecting Nature, Protecting Wealth?American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. Sustainability Capitalism III: Finance and Investment. Denver, CO, March 2023.

Bigger, P. and Irvine-Broque, A. Debt, biodiversity and climate crises: addressing fiscal barriers on the path to transformative change. Panel at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. Montreal, QC, December 2022.

Bigger, P. and Irvine-Broque, A. Fiscal justice for the ecological crisis beyond the gap. Presentation for African People’s Counter COP. Money Matters: finance and economics of climate and biodiversity crisis. Webinar, October, 2022.

Irvine-Broque, A. and Dempsey, J. Risky Business: Protecting Nature, Protecting Wealth?North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Examining private sector engagement in biodiversity conservation. Reno, NV, July 2022.

Dempsey, J. and Irvine-Broque, A. Presentation for Virtual Workshop: Financialisation of Nature, Green Investment and Biodiversity Conservation; Transformative Change or Veneer for the Status Quo? Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University Venice, April 2022.

Irvine-Broque, A. A Political Ecology of Financial Supervision? Evaluating Measurements of Biodiversity Risk to the Financial Sector. Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference. Political Ecologies of Finance. Virtual, March 2022.

Irvine-Broque, A. The Mangrove Fix: the Making of a Nature-Based Solution.” American Association of Geographers Annual Conference. “Challenging Nature-Based Solutions as a Panacea for Environmental Change. Virtual, March 2022.

Bigger, P. and S. Nelson. 2019. Fighting fire with finance? Remaking nature as infrastructure in California’s forests. Keynote for Infrastructures of Climate Crisis workshop, University of Manchester. Manchester, UK, May 2019.

Dempsey, J. 2018. Why conservation finance needs critical research. Invited presentation to workshop Conservation Finance: Promise and perils. Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, UBC, Vancouver, BC, March 2018. 

Bigger, P. and J. Dempsey. 2017. Extra-terrestrial finance? Land and the “hustle” to make for-profit conservation assets. Invited presentation to workshop Finance as a response to global environmental crises? at the University of Hamburg, Germany, November 2017.

Dempsey, J. 2017. Rendering biodiversity economic: at Stanford and at the Beijer Institute. Invited presentation to workshop Capitalizing nature: forms and strategies for economizing the environment, 19th to 21st  century Convened by École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHSS) and École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, June 2017.

Dempsey, J and P. Bigger. 2017. Making biodiversity an asset class. Invited colloquium to Department of Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder, May 2017.

Dempsey, J. and P. Bigger. 2017. Making biodiversity an asset class. Session at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, 2017.

Dempsey. 2017. Enterprising nature. Invited presentation to Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, May 2017.

Popular media 

Dempsey, J. 2016. Director, scriptwriter of ENTERPRISING NATURE, a short animated film by The Bioeconomies Media Project: www.bioeconomies.org/enterprising-nature

 

 

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