Lawrence D. Berg

Professor, Critical Geography

Leader: Social, Spatial & Economic Justice Research Cluster (ICER)

Degrees

  • BA (with distinction, University of Victoria, Canada)
  • MA (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • DPhil (University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand)

Research Interests

My research concentrates on two primary themes: 1) Neoliberalism and Geographies of Academic Knowledge Production; and, 2) Place and the Politics of Identity, with particular reference to ongoing white supremacy.

Recent Conference Activities 

  •  "Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal Universities of Northern Europe" Closing Keynote Address to the 7th Nordic Geographers Meeting, Stockholm University, Sweden, June 21, 2017.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University” in the special session on “Continuing Conversations: Strategies for the Promotion of Positive Mental Health in the Academy”, at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, USA, March 31, 2016.
  • “Investigating the subject of Displacement”, invited panel presentation in the special session “Narrating Displacement: Lived Experiences of Social and Spatial Exclusion 4”, at the Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, USA, April 1, 2016
  • “Neo-liberalism and the Academy: An Outline”, invited panel presentation in the special session on “Placing (Neoliberalized) Critical Geography in a Nordic Context”, at the Sixth Nordic Geographers Meetings, Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia, 16-19 June 2015
  • “The Neoliberal Context for Academic Publishing”, invited panel presentation in the special session on “Publishing in Geography” at the Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, June 1-5, 2015.
  • “Accumulation by Dispossession: Knowledge Enclosure and the Shifting Political Economy of Scholarly Publishing in the Neoliberal Academy”, invited paper presented in the special session on “The Political Economies of Publishing in Geography”, Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA, April 20-25, 2015.
  • “Assembing the Publishing Industrial Complex in the Neoliberal Academy”, invited panel presentation in the special session on “Academic Worker Inquiries”, Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, USA, April 20-25, 2015
  • “Positioning the Researcher in a (post)Colonial World”,  response panelist, ACME Journal Keynote Lecture,  International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of British Geographers, London, UK, August 26-29, 2014
  • “Editing Journals”, invited panel presentation in the special session Journals, Editing and the Co-Production of Geographical Knowledges: Exploring Journal Editing, International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of British Geographers, August 26-29, 2014
  • “Capitalism, Scholarly Publication, Dispossession”  Panel presentation in Open Access Publishing: A Stock-take and Critical Debate, Conference Chair’s Plenary Session,  International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of British Geographers, London, UK, August 28-30, 2013.

  • “Care and the politics of a truly international critical geography”, response panelist, Inaugural ACME Journal Keynote Lecture, Fifth Nordic Geographers Meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland, June 11-14, 2013.

  • Teaching critical geography in a neoliberal age: Team-based learning, responsible geographies, and support for critical geography students.” Invited paper presented to the special session: Geography and Education, Fifth Nordic Geographers Meetings, Reykjavik, Iceland, 11-14 June, 2013 (with Levi Gahman).

  • “Ongoing colonialism and neoliberal violence: Towards an interlocking analysis of immigration, white supremacy and (other) politics of difference in Canada.”  Invited paper presented to the special session: In the wake of colonialism: Violence, Immigration and Neoliberalism, Fifth Nordic Geographers Meetings, Reykjavik, Iceland, 11-14 June, 2013.

  • “Coming to know the politics of naming (places).”  Special Conference Guest Lecture (in Plenary), the Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria, BC, June 1-2, 2013

  • “The Crisis of knowledge production: Accumulation by dispossession and Scholarly publishing.”  Invited paper presented to the Seminars of the Eagean (in plenary), Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece, September 4-9, 2012.

Recent Invited Talks

  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the Department of Environmental and Social Change, University of Roskilde, Roskilde, Denmark, 12 May, 2016.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the University of Oslo, 20th Aniversary Lecture Series, Department of Sociology & Human Geography, Oslo, Norway, 2 May, 2016.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the Department of Human Geography, Uppsala University, Sweden, 28 April, 2016.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the Department of Urban Studies, University of Malmö, Sweden, 26 April, 2016.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland, 20 April, 2016.
  • “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.”  Invited presentation to the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, 18 April, 2016.
  • “Additive, Intersectional, and Interlocking Analyses: Understanding the Mutually Constitutive Character of Oppression.”  Invited presentation to the Advanced Research Group on Social Dimensions of Climate Change, Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Sweden, October 14, 2015
  • "Neoliberalism and white supremacy in the social sciences", Invited presentation, Canadian Studies Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 24 June, 2014.
  • “Geography — Neoliberalism — White Supremacy”.  Invited presentation, Cultural Geography Chair GroupWageningen University, The Netherlands, 12 June, 2014.
  • “Hiearchical Space: Geographers, Governmentality, and Neoliberalism.”  Invited presentation to the Department of Environmental and Spatial Change, University of Roskilde, Denmark, December 12, 2013.  
  • “Hiearchical Space: Geographers, Governmentality, and Neoliberalism.”  Invited presentation to the Department of Geography Seminar Series, University of Victoria, November 22, 2013.    
  • “Scholarly Publication and the Knowledge Enclosure”.  Invited presentation, Provost’s Forum on Open Access, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, 21 October, 2013  
  • “Geography — Neoliberalism — White Supremacy”.  Invited presentation, Intersections Speaker Series, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, 13 September, 2013.   
  • “Publishing in the Social Sciences”.  Invited presentation, Centre for Scholarly Communication Speaker Series, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, 21 March, 2013
Recent Research Funding 
  • Swedish Foundation of International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (SEK149,999) Funding to support the development of the International Collaboration for the Critical Analysis of Neoliberalism,  Mar-Dec. 2017.  A. Lund Hansen and L. Berg, Co-PIs.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Aid to Scholarly Journals Grant (120,000.00), ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, February 2015 - January 2018. (PI)
  • UBC Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant Fund, "Auditing the Academy" $4,231.00, July 2014-June 2015 (with Edward Huijbens [Iceland] & Henrik Larsen [Denmark]).
  • Rannsóknasjóður Háskólans á Akureyri, University of Akureyri, Iceland, "Auditing the Academy", 500,000.00 Icelandic Króna, March 2014-February 2015 (with Edward Huijbens [Iceland] and Henrik Larsen [Denmark]).
  • UBC, Okanagan Campus, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International Distinguished Visitor's Fund Grant ($5,000.00), Urban Sustainability Forum, December 2013-December 2014 (PI).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Aid to Scholarly Journals grant ($75,340.00)  ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, November 2011 – November 2014 (Principal Investigator).
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research ($404,571.00)  “Establishing cultural safety and effecting organizational change for aboriginal healthcare in the urban centres of the Okanagan Valley.” (Co-Principal Investigator with Rachelle Hole, Mike Evans and Joan Bottorff). October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2012.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Community-University Research Alliance Grant ($1,000,000.00)  “Climate Justice in British Columbia”. (Co-Investigator) March 2009.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Aid to Scholarly Journals grant ($58,500.00)  ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, November 2008 – November 2011 (Principal Investigator).
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research ($1,856,000.00) “Disabilities Health Research Network” (Principal Investigator). April 1, 2006 – March 31, 2010.
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Urban Aboriginal Health Development Grant ($48,000.00)  “From planning to practice: Establishing cultural safety and effecting organizational change for aboriginal healthcare.” (Co-Principal Investigator with Rachelle Hole, Mike Evans and Joan Bottorff).  January 2007- January 2008.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Aid to Open-Access Journals Grant Fund ($13,600.00).  ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (Principal Investigator).  October 2007 – October 2008.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard Grant ($25,769.00).  "Historical Geographies of Whiteness in the Okanagan Valley, 1890-1940",  (Principal Investigator) April 2004 – March 2008.
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation Fund Grant ($70,863.00) "Infrastructure to support development of an Applied Social Science research program"  (Principal Investigator) June 2003 – June 2008.

Selection of Publications

  •  Berg, L.D., H. Gutzon Larsen, and E. Huijbens.  2016.  “Producing Anxiety in the Neoliberal University.” In Towards an Ethic of Wellness in Geography, L. Peake, B. Mullings and K. Parizeau, Guest Editors, special issue of The Canadian Geographer/Le geographe canadien.  
  • Mansvelt, J.R. and L.D. Berg.  2016.  “Writing qualitative geographies, constructing meaningful geographical knowledges.” Substantively revised Refereed chapter in Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography, 4th rev. ed., I. Hay, (ed).  Toronto: Oxford University Press.  294-421
  • Baeten, G, L.D. Berg and A. Lund Hansen.  2015.  “Neoliberalism and Post-Welfare Nordic States in Transition.”  In Neoliberalism and Postwelfare Nordic States in Transition, A. Lund Hansen, L. Berg and G. Baeten, Guest Editors, special issue of Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography 97(3): 209-214
  • Lund Hansen, A., Berg, L.D. and Baeten, G. (Guest Editors), 2015 (published March 4, 2016), Neoliberalism and Post-Welfare Nordic States in Transition, special issue of Geografiska Annaler, Series B, 97(3): 209-274
  • Hole, R., Evans, M., Berg, L., Bottorf, J., Dingwall, C., Alexis, C., Nyberg, J., and Smith, M.L.  2015.  "Visibility and Voice: Aboriginal People Experience Culturally Safe and Unsafe Health Care.  Qualitative Health Research.
  • Berg, L.D., Gahman, L., and Nunn, N.J.  2014.  "Neoliberalism, Masculinities and Academic Knowledge Production: Towards a theory of academic masculinities" in Gorman-Murray, A and P. Hopkins, editors, Masculinities and Place, Farnham Uk and Burlington USA, Ashgate, pp. 57-74.
  • Evans, M., K. White, L.D. Berg, and the Okanagan Urban Aboriginal Health Research Collective.  2014.  "They think you are lying about your need: The impact of appearances on Aboriginal health and social service access."  Canadian Journal of Native Studies. (Volume 33, issue 1, Forthcoming)
  • Lewis, S. and L.D. Berg, 2014.  "White supremacy, surveillance, and urban Aboriginal women in the Kelowna, BC, housing market", in Aguiar, L.L.M. and D. Keyes, editors, Hinterland of whiteness: White fantasies in the Okanagan valley, BC.  Vancouver, UBC Press (Forthcoming).
  • Berg, L.D. 2014.  "Rethinking the PhD in the age of neoliberalization" Geojournal (now online).
  • Berg, L.D.  2013.  Hegemonic geographies and their 'others': Towards an interlocking approach to emplacing geographical knowledges under academic capitalism"  Dialogues in Human Geography. 3(2): 200-204.
  • Berg, L.D. 2012.  "Knowledge enclosure, accumulation by dispossession, and the academic publishing industry."  Political Geography. 31: 260-262.
  • Hole, R., L.D. Berg, J. Bottorff, M. Evans, J. Nyberg, C. Dingwall, C. Alexis, and R. Bunn.  2012.  "CHeck up on cultural safety: Aboriginal people's perspectives about health care in a BC hospital.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods.  11(5): 709-710.
  • Evans, M., C. Anderson, D. Dietrich, C. Bourassa, T. Logan, L.D. Berg and B. DeVolder.  2012.  "Funding and ethics in Métis community based research: The complication of a contemporary context."  International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies.  5(1): 54-66.
  • Berg, L.D. 2012.  "Geography -- (neo)liberalism -- white supremacy."  Progress in Human Geography. 36(4): 508-517
  • Berg, L.D.  2011.  "Banal Names, Neoliberalism and Landscapes of Dispossession." in The Politics of Spatial Inscription, special guest edited issue of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Reuben Rose-Redwood and Derek Alderman, eds, Volume 10(1), 13-22.
  • Berg, L.D. 2010.  "Critical Human Geography."  Encyclopedia of Geography, B. Wharf, ed., Sage Publishers.
  • Berg, L.D. And J. Vuolteenaho, eds, 2009.  Critical Toponymies: The Contested Politics of Place Naming,  Ashgate.
  • Berg, L.D.  2009.  “Geographical Journals” and “Discourse Analysis” in The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, R. Kitchin and N. Thrift, eds.  Elsevier Publishing (in press).
  • Evans, M., R. Hole, L.D. Berg, P. Hutchinson, and D. Sookraj. 2009.  “Common Insights, Differing Methodologies: Towards a Fusion of Indigenous Methodologies, Participatory Action Research, and White Studies in an Urban Aboriginal Research Agenda.”  Qualitative Inquiry.  15(5): 893-910.
  • Gilmartin, M., and L.D. Berg. 2007. "Locating Postcolonialism". AREA. 39(1): 120-124.  
  • Berg, L.D. 2006. "Hierarchical Space: Geographers and Neoliberalism." In special thematic section on Research Assessment and the Production of Geographical Knowledge, Progress in Human Geography. 30(6): 747-782.

Editorial Duties

  • Co-Founding editor: ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (2001-2017) http://www.acme-journal.org/ (with Pamela Moss).
  • Editor-in-Chief: The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien (July 2002 - December 2005).
  • Co-Editor:  SITES: A Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies (1998-2001)
  • Editorial Board member: The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien (2016-2019)
  • Editorial Board member: Revista Latino-americana de Geografia e Genero (Latin American Journal of Geography and Gender) (2014- )
  • Editorial Board member: Fennia, An International Journal of Geography (2012- )
  • Editorial Board member: VERSITA Open-Access Science Publishers (Geography, 2012- )
  • Editorial Board member: The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien (2011-2015)
  • Editorial Board member: Praxis (e)Press (2003- )
  • Editorial Board Member: Centre for Social, Spatial & Economic Justice Press (2011- )
  • Editorial Board member: The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien (2009-2011)
  • Editorial Board Member: Historical Geography (2007- 2010)
  • Editorial Board Member: Gender, Place and Culture (2002-2006)
  • Editorial Board member: The Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe canadien (2006-2008)
  • Editorial Board member: Polimetrica Publishers (2006- )
  • Editorial Board member: SITES: A Journal for South Pacific Cultural Studies  (1997-1998)
  • Editorial Advisor: Hidden Geographies: Undergraduates Writing to Transgress (University of Toronto), (2008-2012)

Affiliations

  • Joint Faculties Representative, Senate, UBC, Okanagan Campus (2014-2017).
  • Progress Report Author, “Geographies of Identity”: Progress in Human Geography (2011-2013)
  • Nominating Committee Chair: James Blaut Award, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, 2008 - 2016.
  • Judge: Ralph Brown Masters Student Paper Competition, Historical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, 2008, 2009.
  • Judge: Andrew Hill Clark Doctoral Student Paper Competition, Historical Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, 2008, 2009.
  • Judge, Robin Armstrong Memorial Prize Committee, Canadian Association of Geographers, 2009.
  • Steering Committee Member: International Critical Geography Group (1997 - 2016)
  • Moderator, Critical Geography Forum Listserv (1998 – 2014) http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/crit-geog-forum.html
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Policy and Equity, Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, 2008.
  • Board Member: Qualitative Research Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers  (2006-07, 2010-2011)
  • Board Member: Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (2006-2016)
  • Advisory Committee Member: Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, University of British Columbia (2009-2011)
  • Co-Leader: Disability Health Research Network, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (British Columbia), (2005-2010)
  • Member: Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Member: Canadian Women and Geography Study Group, Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Member: Diversity, Migration, Ethnicity and Race Study Group, Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Member: Institute of British Geographers
  • Member: Association of American Geographers

Teaching Portfolio

UBC Okanagan Calendar Course Descriptions >>

  • Geography 358: Gender, Place and Culture
  • Geography 359: Culture, Space and Politics (also listed in Cultural Studies)
  • Geography 474: Qualitative Research Methods (Offered every second year)
  • Geography 480: Advanced Seminar in Critical Geography: (also listed in Cultural Studies)
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies: Society, Space and Identity
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies: CCGS Professional Development Seminar
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies: Knowledge Production in the Social Sciences

Awards

  • Erasmus Visiting Professor (Mobility Exchange Award), Lund University, Sweden, 2017 
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Cultural Geography, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2014.
  • Visiting Fellow, Icelandic Tourism Research Centre, University of Akureyri, Iceland, 2014.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Human Geography, Lund University, Sweden, 2014.
  • UBC (Okanagan campus) Teaching Honour Roll, 2010-2011.
  • UBC (Okanagan campus) Teaching Honour Roll, 2009-2010.
  • Nominee: UBCO Provost's Award for Public Education Through Media 2009 and 2010.
  • Member of the College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chairs Secretariat
  • Visiting Fellowship, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, National University of Ireland, 2005.
  • Research Award, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2006.
  • Canada Research Chair, 2003-2008 ($500,000.00).
  • Research Award, School of Global Studies, Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1999.
  • Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1992-1996.
 

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Contact

Phone: +1-250-807-9392
Email: Lawrence.Berg at ubc.ca

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