Environmental Sciences

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Ilan Kapoor

Environmental Studies
York University
United States of America


I joined FES in 1998. Previous to that, I taught at the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, in the areas of Third World politics and comparative political theory. In addition, I was a consultant for such organizations as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (ICHRDD), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), working in such areas as human rights, governance, participatory development, and local environmental planning.

Research Interest

"Critical Development Studies Participatory development and democracy/democratic theory Postcolonial theory/politics and cultural studies Celebrity humanitarianism/celebrity culture Ideology critique (drawing on psychoanalytic Marxism, particularly the works of Zizek) Social/environmental movements in the North and South 'New' critiques of development (ecological, postdevelopment, postmarxist, feminist, anti-racist, non-western, postcolonial)"


  • “The Queer Third World,” Third World Quarterly,36(9), 2015.

  • “What ‘Drives’ Capitalist Development?,” Human Geography, 8(3), 2015.

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