September 23, 2014: Guest Lecture
George Hoberg

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: AERL Theatre at 2202 Main Mall


Pipelines and Climate Politics

This talk will combine a political risk analysis of oil sands pipeline controversies with the challenges of mobilizing a broad social movement to foster climate action, including a discussion of BC’s two oil sands pipeline controversies, Keystone XL, and the People’s Climate March on September 21.


George Hoberg is a professor in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, where he focuses on environmental and natural resource policy. He is a faculty associate of the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Clean Energy Research Centre. He has a PhD in Political Science from MIT. His current research is focused on environmental governance of the oil sands (including pipelines), decarbonization of the electricity system, and forest carbon mitigation policies. In addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters, he has also edited two books on comparative Canada-US policies and the US influence on Canada, and written books on Canadian forest policy, BC forest policy, environmental policy in the US, and toxic substances regulation. His most recent co-authored book is Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests from UBC Press (2011). Dr. Hoberg is also the faculty coordinator of UBCC350.