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Patricia Elaine Perkins

Patricia Elaine Perkins



PhD Economics, University of Toronto
MA Economics, University of Toronto
BA Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Research Keywords

Climate Justice; Commons Governance; Participatory Watershed Management; Feminist Ecological Economics; Metal Markets, Trade & Environment; Community Economic Development.

Patricia Elaine Perkins

Contact Information

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

416 736 2100

Research Interests

I am an ecological economist concerned with climate justice:  addressing global inequities while advancing the energy transition.  I am 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. I teach courses in Ecological Economics, Community Economic Development, and interdisciplinary qualitative research design. I often work with students pursuing research themes related to climate justice, local economic development, trade and the environment, water management, and feminist ecological economics. I was the Lead Author for the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on "Demand, Services, and Social Aspects of Mitigation."

Research Projects

2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Research Data Management Capacity Building Initiative Communications grant, $91,076 ($50,000 from SSHRC), “Ethical, accessible research data management for the Jane Finch community,” October 2019 – October 2020.

2019 York University Joint Sabbatical Leave Fellowship grant, $13,050, for sabbatical project, “Synthesis of Work on Global Climate Justice, Commons Governance and Ecological Economics,” July 2019 - June 2020.

2018 International Development Research Centre Rapid Response Initiative grant, $360,000, "The Role of Social, Cultural and Environmental Factors in Improving Ebola Virus Disease Response and Resilience: Exploring the Potential of Community Based Initiatives" – Co-applicant with Harris Ali and Mosoka Fallah (PIs), Roger Keil, Michaela Hynie, Pablo Idahosa, Barlu Dumbuya and others.

2017 Queen Elizabeth Scholars II Diamond Advanced Scholars Program grant, $783,142, “Ecological Economics, Commons Governance, and Climate Justice,” funded by International Development Research Centre and SSHRC through Universities Canada, The Rideau Hall Foundation, and the Community Foundations of Canada.

2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Grant, $2,500,000,  “Economics for the Anthropocene,” co-applicant with Peter Brown (PI, McGill University), Jon Erickson (University of Vermont), and others.

Research Output

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).

Under review “Multiple knowledge systems and participatory actions in slow-onset effects of climate change: insights and perspectives in Latin American and the Caribbean,” by Allan Yu Iwama, Francisco Araos Leiva, Jeremy Anbleyth-Evans, Francisco Ther Rios, Victor Marchezini, Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Rachel Trajber, Patricia Perkins, and Arturo Ruiz Luna. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, special issue on slow onset events, climate change impacts, and loss and damage, submitted June 1, 2020.

Under review “Mineração, desastres, formação crítica: casos no Brasil e no Canadá,” by Daniela Campolina Vieira, Lussandra Gianasi, Bernardo Jefferson de Oliveira, Judith Marshall, and Patricia Perkins. Revista, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, submitted May 31, 2020.

Forthcoming* “Bringing women’s livelihood perspectives into climate decision-making,” in Gender, Climate Change and Livelihoods: Vulnerabilities and Adaptations,” edited by Joshua Eastin and Kendra Dupuy, CABI Press.  Chapter to be submitted July 1, 2020.

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 2020 (Routledge).

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

2020 Interviewed about ecological economics and climate justice for Earth Rangers podcast The Big Melt, February 21. Episode 6.

2019 Moderator, plenary panel on “Caring for the Commons,” Canadian Society for Ecological Economics conference, University of Waterloo, May 22-25.

2018 Introductory remarks, Symposium in honour of Peter Victor, June 11.

Recognition & Awards

  • REDI (Respect, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) training certificate – Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion, York University