Dempsey, J. 2016. Enterprising nature: economics, markets and finance in global biodiversity politics. Wiley-Blackwell, (London). Awarded the 2018 James Blaut award by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Reviewed by: Dialogues in Human Geography (Forum, Joshua Barkan, Jesse Goldstein, Kelly Kay, Jodi Emel), AAG Review of Books (2018 Julie Guthman), Antipode (2018 Leigh Johnson), Economic Geography (2017 Bram Büscher), Biosciences (2017 Marc Tadaki and Kai Chan), Progress in Human Geography (2016 Archie Davies)

Journal Articles/Commentaries

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Bigger, P., Dempsey, J., Asiyanbi, A., Kay, K., Lave, R., Mansfield, B., Osborne, T., Robertson, M., Simon, G. 2018. Reflecting on neoliberal natures: an exchange. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. 1, 1-2, 51p.

Collard, R.C. and J. Dempsey. Forthcoming. Accumulation by difference-making: an Anthropocene story, starring witches. Gender, Place and Culture

Collard, R-C. and J. Dempsey. 2017. Invited commentary on Kay & Kenney-Lazar’s “Value in capitalist natures: an emerging framework” Dialogues in Human Geography

Dempsey, J. and R.C. Collard. 2017. If biodiversity offsets are a dead end for conservation, what is the live wire? A response to Apostolopoulou & Adams. Oryx 51(1): 35-39.

Dempsey, J., R. Collard, and J. Sundberg. 2014. Conservation: stop profit trumping all. Nature 516: 37.

Collard, R.C. and J. Dempsey. 2017. Capitalist natures in five orientations. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 28(1): 78-97.

Dempsey, J. and D. Suarez. 2016. The arrested development of ‘selling nature to save it’. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106: 653-671.

Dempsey, J. 2015. Fixing biodiversity (loss). Environment and Planning A 47(12): 2555-2572.

Collard, R.C., J. Sundberg, and J. Dempsey. 2015. The Moderns’ Amnesia in Two Registers. Environmental Humanities 7: 227-232.

Collard, R.C., J. Sundberg, and J. Dempsey. 2015. Abundant futures manifesto. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 105(2): 322-330. [A  review of this essay found here]

Collard, R.C. and J. Dempsey. 2013. Life for sale? The politics of lively commodities. Environment and Planning 45: 2682-2699. See here

Dempsey, J. 2013. Biodiversity loss as material risk. Tracking the changing meanings and materialities of biodiversity conservation. Geoforum 45: 41-51, see here

Dempsey, J. and M. Robertson. 2012. Ecosystem services:  tensions, impurities, and points of engagement within neoliberalism. Progress in Human Geography, 36: 758-779, see here

Dempsey, J. 2011. The Politics of Nature in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest. Geoforum, 42: 211-221, see here

Dempsey J., 2010, Tracking grizzly bears in British Columbia’s environmental politics. Environment and Planning A, 42(5), 1138 – 1156.

Dearden, P. and J. Dempsey. 2004. Protected Areas in Canada: A Decade of Change. The Canadian Geographer, 48 (2), 225-239, see here

M’Gonigle, M. and J. Dempsey. 2003. Envisioning Ecological Innovation in an Age of Bureaucratic Closure: The Future of the Global (and Canadian) Forest. Studies in Political Economy, 70: 97-124, see here


Suarez, D. and J. Dempsey. In press. Ecosystem services. In Companion to environmental studies,  Routledge (London & New York), eds. N. Castree, J. Procter, and M. Hulme.

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

Dempsey, J. 2017. Ecosystem services. In The international encyclopedia of geography, Wiley-Blackwell (London), eds. N. Castree, M. Goodchild, A. Kobayashi, W. Liu, and D. Richardson

Rowe, J.K., J. Dempsey, and P. Gibbs. 2016. The power of fossil fuel divestment (and its secret). In Organizing dissent: contemporary social movements in theory and practice, University of Toronto Press (Toronto), eds. W. Carroll and K. Sarker.  Available at

Collard, R.C., J. Dempsey, and J..K. Rowe. 2016. Neoliberal environments. In The handbook of neoliberalism, Routledge (London and New York), eds. K Birch, J. MacLeavy, and S. Springer.

Dempsey, J. and P. Dearden. 2015. Stewardship: expanding ecosystem protection. In Parks and protected areas in Canada: management challenges, Oxford University Press (Toronto), eds. P. Dearden, and R. Rollins.

Sundberg, J. and J. Dempsey. 2013. Political ecology. In Introducing human geography, Routledge (London and New York), eds. M. Goodwin, P. Cloke, and P. Crang.

Dempsey, J., K. Gould, and J. Sundberg. 2011. Changing land tenure, defining subjects: neoliberalism  and property regimes on native reserves. In Rethinking the great white north: race, nature and the historical geographies of whiteness in Canada, UBC Press (Vancouver), eds. A. Baldwin, L. Cameron, and A. Kobayashi. Available at 12_dempsey gould and sundberg-final.pdf

Sundberg, J. and J. Dempsey. 2009. Culture/nature. In International encyclopedia of human geography, Elsevier Press (Cambridge), eds. R. Kitchin, and N. Thrift.

Dempsey, J. and P. Dearden. 2009. Stewardship: expanding ecosystem protection (revised). In Parks and protected areas in Canada: management challenges, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press (Toronto), eds. P. Dearden and R. Rollins.

Dempsey, J. and J.K. Rowe. 2004. Why poststructuralism is a live wire for the left. In Radical theory/critical praxis: making a difference beyond the academy, Praxis(e)Press (Kelowna), eds. D. Fuller and R. Kitchin. Available at