Zach Anderson is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Geography. His work focuses on environmental governance, climate politics and frontier assemblages, particularly within Southeast Asia.
His dissertation research explores the emergence of the ‘green economy’ in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Drawing on political economy and ecology he explores the role that institutions of global environmental governance, corporations, non-government ‘civil society’ organizations, and the state play in the emergence of the ‘green economy’, theorizing the processes of translation and negotiation that underlie the roll-out of so-called ‘green growth’ projects in diverse social and geographic contexts. This research has important ramifications for the ways we think about the equity of climate change adaptation and environmental protection.
Zach is the recipient of multiple awards and grants, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and has been a research fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough Centre for Critical Development Studies and the Universitas Mulawarman Center for Climate Change Studies. He is currently teaching at the University of Toronto and drafting his dissertation.
In his free time Zach enjoys music, traveling, drinking tea, brewing beer, and mapping as part of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps Team.