PhD Development Sociology
, Cornell University
MS Communication , Cornell University
BA (Combined Honours) History and Political Science , University of Alberta
Anna Zalik is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where she teaches in the area of global environmental politics and critical development studies. In conjunction with colleagues and community organizations, Zalik’s research examines and critiques the political ecology and political economy of industrial extraction, with a focus on the merging of corporate security and social welfare interventions in strategic oil and gas exporters. She has received various SSHRC awards for her research on topics related to the political economy of hydrocarbons, substantive industrial transparency, and the contested regulation of extractive industries in oceans beyond national jurisdiction. Emerging from this work and informed by critiques of capitalism and persistent colonialism/imperialism, her current research centres on Canadian investment in the denationalization of the Mexican energy sector and financial risk in new extractive frontiers in the global oceans/seabed beyond national jurisdiction. Zalik has given invited presentations at many venues internationally.
Ocean Frontiers – with Professors Leesa Fawcett and Elizabeth Havice
Beyond Transparency – with Dr. Asume Osuoka- Social Action Nigeria
North American oil and gas empires- with Dr. Aleida Hernandez Cervantes
2020 Osuoka, I.A. & Zalik, A.. "Beyond transparency: A consideration of extraction's full costs." The Extractive Industries and Society 7.3, 781-785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.07.015
2020 Ciupa, K. & Zalik, A. Enhancing corporate standing, shifting blame: An examination of Canada's Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act. The Extractive Industries and Society, 7(3), 826-834. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.07.018
2020 Watts, M & Zalik, A. Consistently Unreliable: Oil Spill Data and Transparency Discourse. The Extractive Industries and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2020.04.009
2020 Johnson, A. & Zalik, A. (editors). "Extraction, entanglements, and (im) materialities: Reflections on the methods and methodologies of natural resource industries fieldwork." Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.
2019 Gilbert, L., & Zalik, A “The limits of audit culture extractivism: Risk and reinsurance in Canadian oil transport by rail and pipeline.” Extractive Industries and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.09.015
2018 (with Dr. Elizabeth Havice). Ocean Frontiers. Themed issue with the International Social Science Journal (ISSJ).
2018 Havice, E and Zalik, A. “Ocean Frontiers: Epistemologies, Jurisdictions, Commodifications - Introduction to the special issues on Ocean Frontiers.” International Social Science Journal.
2018 Cervantes, A. H., & Zalik, A. “Canadian Capital and the Denationalization of the Mexican Energy Sector: A Geojuridical Approach.” Journal of Latin American Geography, 17 (3), 42-72.
2018 Zalik, A. “Mining the seabed, enclosing the Area: proprietary knowledge and the geopolitics of the extractive frontier beyond national jurisdiction.” International Social Science Journal. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/issj.12159
2017 Carter, A., G. Fraser and A. Zalik. Environmental Policy Convergence in Canada's Fossil Fuel Provinces? Regulatory Streamlining, Impediments, and Drift. Canadian Public Policy. 43 (1). https://doi.org/10.3138/cpp.2016-041
2015 Zalik, A. “Resource Sterilization: Reserve Replacement, Financial Risk and Environmental Review in Canada’s Tar Sands”. Environment and Planning A. 47 (12), 2446-2464.
2015 Zalik, A. ( “On Huber’s Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom and the Forces of Capital” Book Review Forum, Cultural Geographies. 22 (4), 743-746.
Extraction and its Discontents
PhD Research Design