Faculty of Environmental Studies


de Costa, Ravindra

de Costa, Ravindra
Associate Professor
Associate Dean Research
BA Hons (Government & Public Administration) - Sydney
PhD (Politics) - Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Email : rdc@yorku.ca

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Indigenous politics and policy; Indigenous-settler relations and reconciliation
  • Globalization and Indigenous rights
  • Environmental/Indigenous conflicts and alliances

I originally came to Canada from Australia to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Prior to joining FES in 2007, I also taught at Trent University in the Department of Political Studies.

My research and teaching interests are in comparative and global approaches to the legacies of colonialism and Indigenous politics. My PhD dissertation was a comparative study of treaty-making in Canada and reconciliation in Australia. During my postdoctoral work I broadened my research to include Indigenous politics beyond the nation-state and to examine Indigenous peoples’ activism both in transnational networks and in global institutions. My current projects include collaborative work on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as research that examines the conflicts and alliances between Indigenous communities and environmental actors.

Major research projects

Globalization and Autonomy (SSHRC MCRI 2003-2007)

Other positions/affiliations

  • Adjunct Researcher, Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition, McMaster University

Select publications

Indigenous peoples and autonomy: Insights for a global age. Co-edited with Mario Blaser, Deborah McGregor and Will Coleman (Vancouver, UBC Press, 2010), 241-249.

‘Implementing UNDRIP: Developments and possibilities’, Prairie Forum (Special Issue on Indigenous Rights, Vol. 36, Fall 2011), 55-77.

‘Asymmetric encounters in Native Canada’, American Review of Canadian Studies Vol. 41 No. 3 (September 2011), 212-27.

'History, democracy and treaty-negotiations in British Columbia'. In Alexandra Harmon (ed), The Power of Promises: Pacific Northwest Indian Treaties in National and International Historical Perspective (in press, University of Washington Press, 2007).

A higher authority: Indigenous transnationalism and Australia. (Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 2006).

'Identity, authority and the moral worlds of Indigenous petitions', Comparative Studies in Society and History Vol. 48 No. 3 (July 2006), 669-98.

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