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Ilan Kapoor

Ilan Kapoor



PhD Political Science , University of Toronto
MA International Affairs , Carleton University
BA (Honours) Economics and Political Science , University of Waterloo

Research Keywords

Critical Development Studies; Postcolonial Theory/Politics; Psychoanalytic Theory/Politics/Marxism; Ideology Critique (Drawing On The Work Of Slavoj Žižek); Participation/Democracy; Celebrity Humanitarianism; Western & Non-Western Political Theory.

Ilan Kapoor

Contact Information

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3

416 736 2100

Research Interests

I teach Global Environmental Politics and International Development Studies from a critical perspective. My research centers on the politicization of global development: showing how it is contested (from the perspective of class, gender, racialization, indigeneity), and opening it up to debate.

Research Projects

SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-22, “Psychoanalysis and International Development”: Aims to investigates how, and to what extent, psychoanalysis intersects with international development; and to identify and analyze examples and case studies of psychoanalytic phenomena from both the Geography/ Development Studies literature and the international programs of development organizations based on field work.

Research Output


Course CodeTitle
ENVS 1300Environmental Politics and Justice
ENVS 6156Critical Theories of International Development
ENVS 3340 and ENVS 6175Global Environmental Politics