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Adeniyi P. Asiyanbi
Political ecology; governmentality; neoliberalization of nature; forest-based climate change mitigation; REDD+, carbon removal and offsetting; wildfires; conservation and development; community engagement; Nigeria, Ghana, Canada (British Columbia and Alberta).
Prior to joining UBCO, I held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary, and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. I also previously held teaching fellowships at SOAS University of London, and King’s College London.
PhD, King’s College London, UK
MSc (Distinction), King’s College London, UK
BSc (First Class), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Research Interests & Projects
My work applies insights from critical geography and interdisciplinary political ecology to the intersection of climate change, forests and neoliberalism. I investigate how, in whose interest, and with what effects forests get figured and mobilized in climate action broadly defined within a hegemonic neoliberal order, and how projects get assembled, experienced, negotiated and contested in particular places.
I’m interested in widespread efforts to constitute forests as spaces of ‘climate solutions’ through programs such as REDD+, carbon forestry and the so-called natural climate solutions. I situate these programs within critical debates on the neoliberalization of nature, local resource relations, conservation and development, colonial and postcolonial conservation history, and social justice. I have done extensive work on REDD+ and carbon offsetting in the global South, including projects and field research in Nigeria, Ghana and at the international level. I’m developing a new project investigating private finance in West African ‘carbon forests’.
I’m also interested in how forests get constituted as spaces of ‘climate-related risk’ of wildfires, and particularly how notions of risk, enterprise, resilience and security are put to work in the contexts of climate change and neoliberalism. I take the intersection of forest-based carbon removal and forest fires as a productive space in which to understand the rationalities, practices and technologies by which the climate-forest interface in being rendered governable at a time of significant uncertainty. My emerging project here focuses on British Columbia and Alberta in Canada.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Guest Edited Journal Section
- Asiyanbi, A. P. and Lund, J.F. (2020). Special Section of Journal of Political Ecology, 27(1) 2020. Theme: Stabilizing a policy: reproducing REDD+.
Recent Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
- Kashwan, P., V. Duffy, R., Massé, F., Asiyanbi, A. P., & Marijnen, E. (2021). From Racialized Neocolonial Global Conservation to an Inclusive and Regenerative Conservation. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 63(4), 4-19.
- Cohen, D., Nelson, S., Rosenman, E., Asiyanbi, A., Bryant, G., Dempsey, J., DiSilvestro, A., Irvine-Broque, A., Kish, Z., Mitchell, K., Parfitt, C. (2021) Reparative accumulation? Financial risk and investment across socio-environmental crises. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. DOI: 10.1177/25148486211030432
- Bluwstein J., Asiyanbi A. P., Dutta A, Huff A., Lund J. F., De Rosa S. P., Steinberger J. (2021) Underestimating the Challenges of Avoiding a Ghastly Future. A reply to Bradshaw et al, 2021. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 1:615419.
- Carton, W., Asiyanbi, A., Beck, S., Buck, H., Friis L. J. (2020) Negative emissions and the long history of carbon removal. WIREs Climate Change. 11(6), e671.
- Asiyanbi, A. P. and Lund, J.F. (2020). Policy persistence: REDD+ between stabilization and contestation. Introduction to a Special Issue. Journal of Political Ecology, 27(1), 378-400.
- Asiyanbi, A. P. and Massarella, K. (2020). Transformation is what you expect, models are what you get. REDD+ as model in conservation and development. Journal of Political Ecology, 27(1), 476-495.
- Asiyanbi, A. P., Ogar, E., & Akintoye, O. A. (2019). Complexities and surprises in local resistance to neoliberal conservation: Multiple environmentalities, technologies of the self and the poststructural geography of local engagement with REDD+. Political Geography, 69, 128-138.
- 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: The ins and outs of Neoliberal natures. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 1(1-2), 25-75.
- Asiyanbi A. P. (2018) Financialization in the green economy: material connections, markets-in-the-making and Foucauldian organizing actions. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(3), 531-548.
- Asiyanbi A. P., Arhin, A. A., and Isyaku, U. (2017) REDD+ in West Africa: politics of design and implementation in Ghana and Nigeria. Forest, 8(3), 78.
- Isyaku, U., Arhin, A. A., and Asiyanbi A. P. (2017) Framing justice in REDD+ governance: centring transparency, equity and legitimacy in readiness implementation in West Africa. Environmental Conservation. 44(3), 212-220.
- Asiyanbi A. P. (2016). A political ecology of REDD+: Property rights, militarised protectionism, and carbonised exclusion in Cross River. Geoforum, 77, 146-156.
- Asiyanbi A.P. (2016) Beyond utopia and a ‘power-full’ state: a response to Nuesiri. The Geographical Journal, 182(1), 104 -106.
Contribution to Books
- Asiyanbi, A.P. (2021). Carbon offsetting or ‘development as usual’: Three spaces of a zombie solution, in Jesse Connuck (ed.), Offsetted. The Royal College of Art, London with Hatje Cantz: Berlin.
- Asiyanbi, A. P. (2015) Mind the gap: global truths, local complexities in emergent green initiatives, in R.L. Bryant (ed.), International Handbook of Political Ecology, Chelthenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 274 – 290.
Selected Grants & Awards
- Political Geography Early Career Researcher Award, 2020
- Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2019 – 2021
- Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) grant, 2017/18
- Fellow, Environmental Policy and Governance Group, Department of Geography, University of Calgary
- Member, SSHRC External Advisory Committee on Anti-Black Racism in Research and Research Training Programs in Canada
- Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG)
- Member, Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
- Member, Political Ecology Network (POLLEN)
- Member, Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)
- Associate Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (UKHEA)
- Interview for podcast episode Emission Impossible. NPR Planet Money, 7 May, 2021.
- Radio interview for episode “Carbon offsets: climate action or ‘dangerous distraction’? Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) What on Earth series, 12 March, 2021.
- Radio interview for episode on “The Forest for the Carbon.” New Hampshire Public Radio, 19 November, 2020.