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Perkins, Patricia Elaine

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Perkins, Patricia Elaine


BA (Public and International Affairs) , Princeton
MA (Economics) , Toronto
PhD (Economics) , Toronto

Climate justice Commons governance Participatory watershed management Feminist ecological economics Metal markets, trade and environment Community economic development

Ellie Perkins is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is an ecological economist concerned with climate justice:  addressing global inequities while advancing the energy transition.  She is interested in the political ecology of commons governance, local economies, and energy transitions; feminist theory and practice in times of climate change; and metals and minerals resources for the green transition.  She teaches courses in Ecological Economics,  Community Economic Development, and interdisciplinary qualitative research design. She often works with students pursuing research themes related to climate justice, local economic development, trade and the environment, water management, and feminist ecological economics. She is a Lead Author for the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on "Demand, Services, and Social Aspects of Mitigation."


2017 Universities Canada-Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) Ecological Economics, Commons Governance, and Climate Justice.

2014 SSHRC Partnership Grant on Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) - co-application with Peter Brown (McGill University).

2011 SSHRC Public Outreach Grant on Community-Based Environmental Education and Mobilization in Marginalized Urban Communities for Equitable Watershed Goverance.

2010 IDRC Climate Change Adaption in Africa on Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Water Governance Towards Climate Change Adaptation in African Cities -- Durban, Maputo, Nairobi.

2009 SSHRC International Opportunities Fund: Collaborative Research on Equitable Public Participation in Watershed Governance: Canada, Brazil, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa and Kenya.

2009 SSHRC Public Outreach Grant: Youth education in marginalized urban communities for watershed governance.

2008 York University Knowledge Mobilization grant:  University-community collaboration for environmental education and community development in the Black Creek watershed.

2008 York University U50 Grant:  Bridges across Black Creek.

2007 York Ad Hoc Conference Travel Grant, $300, U.S. Society for Ecological Economics   conference, New York City, June 23-27.

2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada Grant:  Canadian Society for Ecological Economics conference, York University, October 2005, “Windows of Opportunities for Advancing Ecological Economics.”

2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Conference Travel Grant: International Association for Feminist Economics Conference, Cave Hill, Barbados, June 27-29

2002 (with Paul Zandbergen and others) Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada / Canadian International Development Agency Tier I Grant: Civil Society Participation in Water Basin Committees in Brazil.


  • York University Knowledge Mobilization Course Release for Community Engagement: Course Release Award
  • York University Merit Award

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

2019 Local Activism for Global Climate Justice: The Great Lakes Watershed.  London / New York: Routledge (edited monograph). Forthcoming Sept. 25.

2013 Water and Climate Change in Africa:  Challenges and Community Initiatives in Durban, Maputo and Nairobi.  London/New York: Routledge/Earthscan (edited monograph).

Chapters in Books

Forthcoming “Feminist ecological economics,” in Handbook of Feminist Economics, edited by Gunseli Berik and Ebru Kongar (Routledge), submitted July 2019.

Forthcoming “Sustainable commons governance and climate justice,” in Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene: from (Un)just Presents to Just Futures, edited by Environmental Justice Working Group, Colorado State University, submitted 2018.

Forthcoming “Commoning and climate justice,” in Making commons dynamic: Understanding change through commonisation and decommonisation, edited by Prateep Nayak, (Routledge Studies in Environment, Culture, and Society Series), submitted April 2018.

Forthcoming “Education for Regeneration,” in The Roadmap Project: The Future of Sustainability Science and Education at North American Universities, edited by Gary Machlis and Naomi Krogman, University of Alberta Press, submitted June 2017.

2019 “Climate justice, gender, and intersectionality,” in Tahseen Jafry (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice (London / New York:  Routledge / Earthscan), pp. 349-358.

2019 “Ecofeminism, commons, and climate justice,” in Climate Chaos: Ecofeminism and the Land Question, edited by Ana Isla (Toronto: Inanna).

2017 “Gender Justice and Climate Justice:  Building women’s political agency through global partnerships,” in Susan Buckingham and Virginie Le Masson (eds.), Understanding Climate Change Through Gender Relations (Routledge, 2017), pp. 45-63.

2017 “Gender, Climate Justice, Indigenous Leadership and Political Agency in Canada,” in Marjorie Griffin Cohen (ed.), Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries: Work, Public Policy and Action  (London/New York: Routledge), pp. 282-296.

2017 “University-community collaboration for climate justice education and organizing: partnerships in Canada, Brazil, and Africa,” in Adenrele Awontola (ed.), Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents (London/New York: Routledge), ch. 23 .

2016 “Building resilience and networks across the Global South and North:  Community based research initiatives at York University, Canada” (with Kelly Sharp), in Rajesh Tandon, Budd Hall, Walter Lepore and Wafa Singh (eds.), Knowledge and Engagement: Building Capacity for the Next Generation of Community based Researchers, pp. 245-252.  Victoria, BC: UNESCO / University of Victoria / PRIA. Ebook available at:  http://unescochair-cbrsr.org/pdf/resource/Knowledge%20&%20Engagement_26-09-16_pdf%20ver-mail.pdf

2016 “The Social and Political Dimensions of the Ebola Response: Global Inequality, Climate Change, and Infectious Disease", co-authored with Harris Ali, Barlu Dumbuya, Roger Keil, Michaela Hynie, and Pablo Idahosa, in Leal Filho, W., Azeiteiro, U.M., and Alves, F. (Eds), Climate Change and Health: improving resilience and reducing risks, volume produced as part of the "Climate Change Management Series" published by Springer.

2015 “Strengthening resilience by thinking of knowledge as a nutrient connecting the local person to global thinking:  the case of social technology / tecnologia social,”  by Dawn Bazely, Patricia E. Perkins, Miriam Duailibi and Nicole Klenk, in Planetary Praxis and Pedagogy: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Sustainability, edited by Richard Mitchell and Shannon Moore (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers), pp. 119-132.

2015 “Building Commons Governance for a Greener Economy,” in Planetary Praxis and Pedagogy: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Sustainability, edited by Richard Mitchell and Shannon Moore (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers), pp. 133-145.

2015 “Women and water management in times of climate change:  participatory and inclusive processes,” co-authored with Patricia Figueiredo, reprinted in Gender and the Environment, edited by Susan Buckingham (Routledge), vol. 4, pp. 

2015 “Women, watershed governance, and climate change,” co-authored with Patricia Figueiredo Walker, in A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change, edited by Stephanie Buechler and Anne-Marie Hansen (Routledge).

2013 “Environmental activism and gender.” In Gender and Economic Life, edited by Deborah Figart and Tonia Warnecke (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar), Chapter 31, pp. 504-521.

2013 “Social diversity, globalization, and sustainability in community-based economies.”  In Women in a Globalizing World:  Transforming Equality, Development, Diversity and Peace, edited by Angela Miles (Toronto:  Inanna Publications and Education), pp. 515-524).

2012 “Climate justice partnership linking universities and community organizations in Toronto, Durban, Maputo, and Nairobi,” co-authored with Ana Louise Tavares Leary as second author.  In Sustainable Development at Universities:  New Horizons, edited by Walter Leal (Frankfurt:  Peter Lang Scientific Publishers, 2012), pp. 207-215.

Articles in Refereed Journals

2019 “De tragédia a solução: A atualidade teórica e empírica dos recursos comuns no Brasil,” with Ivette Luna and Mateus César, Nova Economía.

2019 “Climate justice, commons, and degrowth,” Ecological Economics, vol. 160, pp. 183-190.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800918303021

2018 “Re-establishing justice as a pillar of ecological economics through feminist perspectives,” co-authored with Phoebe Spencer and Jon Erickson, Ecological Economics, vol. 152, pp. 191-198. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800917310467

2013 “Women and water management in times of climate change,” co-authored with Patricia Figueiredo, in the Journal of Cleaner Production special issue on Women, Water, Waste, Wisdom, and Wealth, vol. 60 (December), pp. 188-194.   Available at:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652612001011.

2011 “International synergies to address climate change:  participatory community organizing in Toronto and the Baixada Fluminense, Brazil,” co-authored with Ana Louise Tavares Leary (first author), The Global Studies Journal, vol. 4, pp. 23-34.   www.GlobalStudiesJournal.com

2011 “Public participation in watershed management:  international practices for inclusiveness.”  Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, vol. 36, iss. 5-6, pp. 204-212. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2010.02.004;  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1474706510000124.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals

2019 Co-editor and reviewer, Women and Environments International, special issue on “Celebrating economies of change: brave visions for inclusive futures,” vol. 100/101, September.

2019 “Talking with Economists about Barriers to a Just Transition in Canada,” co-authored with Jen Gobby and others, Briarpatch, May/June.

2017 Co-editor and reviewer, Women and Environments International, special issue on “Women and Artisanal Gold Mining,” vol. 98/99, December.

2016 Co-Editor and reviewer, Women and Environments International, special issue on “Ethical Consumption,” vol.  96/97, Fall 2016.

2015 Co-Editor and Introduction co-author, special issue of Women and Environments International on “Women and Work in a Warming World,” vol. 94/95, Fall 2014 / Winter 2015.

2015 “Gender Justice and Climate Justice: Building women's economic and political agency in times of climate change.”  Women and Environments International magazine, vol. 94/95, Fall 2014 / Winter 2015.

2013 “Building commons governance for a greener economy.”  Embassy Green Economy Policy Briefing, Nov. 13, p. 19.

Scholarly and Professional Publications and Reports

Forthcoming Women and Climate Justice in Canada:  Stories from the Grassroots, research report supported by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

2012 Praxis Mapping: A methodology for evaluating the political impacts of international projects.    http://ccaa.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/ccaa/2013/04/Praxis-Mapping-report-Apr-25-2013.pdf

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

2014 “University-community collaboration for climate justice education and organizing:   Partnerships in Canada, Brazil and Africa,” pp. 509-540 in Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Meio Ambiente: Estudos e Perspectivas, the published conference proceedings of the International Conference on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Development (REGSA), held in Florianópolis, Brazil, May 6-8, 2014. http://www.regsa-project.eu/downloads/Public%20documents/REGSA%20International%20Conference%20REGSA%20%202014/regsa_livro2.pdf

2010 “Equitable, Ecological Degrowth: Feminist Contributions,” in  2nd Conference on Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, Barcelona 2010, Conference Proceedings,    http://www.barcelona.degrowth.org/fileadmin/content/documents/Proceedings/Perkins.pdf