Katja Neves

Associate Professor,
Concordia University

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Concordia H-1125-27
Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5190
E-mail: knevesgr@alcor.concordia.ca
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Education
  • PhD Social Anthropology, York University
  • MA Symbolic Anthropology, University of Western Ontario
  • Licentiate International Relations, Technical University of Lisbon, School of Social and Political Science


Research
My work explores the ways in which markets, states and diverse aspects of civil society combine to shape and govern relations between people and nature. I am part of a growing group of scholars, principally anthropologists and geographers, who are exploring the ‘neoliberalisation of nature’. My particular interest is to examine the increasingly consequential intersection of conservation and capitalism: the social processes that distance humans from nature and promote damaging environmental practices (which Marx referred to as ‘metabolic rift’) and its distinction from contexts that foster social awareness of environmental issues and ecological stewardship. I have developed a comparative approach that analyses two major instances of ‘nature-society’ schisms in capitalism (industrial agriculture and industrial whaling), and three instances in late-capitalism where attempts are being made to overcome such disconnects (Azorean whaling, the emergence of ecotourism and nature parks as conservation strategies, and the role of urban botanical gardens in raising the ecological literacy of city dwellers).

Prizes and honours
  • Outstanding Service Award 2013 by the Canadian Sociological Association


QCBS students
Previous students (since 2009)
Kristian Gareau, M.A.
(Start: 2012, End: 2016)

Other (co-)supervisor: Satoshi Ikeda, Concordia University
Thesis title: Ecological rifts and the threat of pipeline ruptures: The case of social resistance against fossil fuel extraction and transport in Quebec, Canada.
Courses
SOCI 319 - Environment and Society (Fall / Automne)

Publications
17-Horta: notes on an invaluable legacy
Neves, Katja
2015 Mundo Acoreano ( Date Added: 2016-08-16)

16-Whales, tourism and manifold capitalist fixes: New relationships with the driving force of capitalism
Higham, J., Neves, K.
2015 ( Date Added: 2016-01-14)

15- Changing the intellectual climate
Castree, N., Adams, W.M., Barry, J., Brockington, D., Büscher, B., Corbera, E., Demeritt, D., Duffy, R., Felt, U., Neves, K., Newell, P., Pellizzoni, L., Rigby, K., Robbins, P., Robin, L., Rose, D.B., Ross, A., Schlosberg, D., Sörlin, S., West, P., Whitehead, M., Wynne, B.
2014 Nature Climate Change (Date Added: 2016-08-16)

14-A Grande Saga Wollemi: Entre a Preservação de Genoma e a Conservação Consumista
Neves, Katja
2014 Memorias Special Journal Issue on Environmental Anthropology ( Date Added: 2016-08-16)

13- Technocratic and economic ideals in the ecosystem services discourse
Turnhout, E., Waterton, C., Neves, K., Buizer, M.
2014 Conservation Letters (Date Added: 2014-07-02)

11-The Politics UNESCO’s Shift Towards Intangible Heritage Sites and their Strategic Relevance for the Azores
Neves, Katja
2013 Journal of the University of the Azores ( Date Added: 2016-08-16)

10- Rethinking biodiversity: From goods and services to "living with"
Turnhout, E., Waterton, C., Neves, K., Buizer, M.
2013 Conservation Letters (Date Added: 2014-07-02)

9-The Articulation of Azorean Insularity in the Early 1990s as a Strategic Source of Power within the European Union’s Agricultural Policy
Neves, Katja
2012 Journal Boletim do Nucleo Cultural da Horta ( Date Added: 2016-08-16)

8- Contradictions in Tourism: The Promise and Pitfalls of Ecotourism as a Manifold Capitalist Fix
Fletcher, R., Neves, K.
2012 Environment and Society (Date Added: 2016-08-16)

7- Uneven development and accumulation by dispossession in nature conservation: Comparing recent trends in the Azores and Tanzania
Neves, K., Igoe, J.
2012 Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie (Date Added: 2014-07-02)

6- Towards a synthesized critique of neoliberal biodiversity conservation
Bscher, B., Sullivan, S., Neves, K., Igoe, J., Brockington, D.
2012 Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (Date Added: 2014-07-02)

4- A Spectacular Eco-Tour around the Historic Bloc: Theorising the Convergence of Biodiversity Conservation and Capitalist Expansion
Igoe, J., Neves, K., Brockington, D.
2011 Capitalism and Conservation (Date Added: 2014-07-02)

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