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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
August 28, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Nick Garside

Assistant Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5631

Office Location: GRH 139

Academic Background
Degrees and Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies -- Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Masters in Environmental Studies -- Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Community and Ecology Graduate Seminar -- Institute for Social Ecology, Goddard College

Bachelor of Arts Urban and Environmental Studies and Politics -- Faculty of Environment and Politics, Brock University

Research Interests

Environmental Politics and Ethics

Critical Theory

Citizenship Studies

Democratic Theory

Social and Ecological Justice


I have always been interested in the tension between citizenship, representations of nature and the rise of global public spheres. I am one of a very few people of my generation that started their education in environmental studies and ended in environmental studies.  Over the past few decades the environmental movement and environmental politics in general has matured, been tamed at times, radicalized at other times and at time lost its once powerfully disruptive promise.  All these changes interest me as does the proliferation of all the new types of environmentalism.  But what interests me most is the relatively new found realization by many environmentalists that if environmentalism is going to reinvigorate its once disruptive and radical promise it must link its movement(s) to numerous other social movements that share the environmentalist disdain for domination, oppression, hierarchy, aggression, capitalism, patriarchy, speciesism and numerous other anti-democratic forces.   As Murray Bookchin once said we cannot deal with domination of nature by humans without also dealing with the domination of humans by humans.

Additional Information
Publications and Papers

Theses and Dissertations

Garside, Nick 2006. “Feral Citizens, Democratic Ideals and the Politicization of Nature” PhD in Environmental Studies, York University.

Garside, Nick 1998. “Radicalizing Socialism and Politicizing Nature” Masters in Environmental Studies, York University.

Garside, Nick 1995. “Bridging the Gap: A Synthesis of Deep and Social Ecology” Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Environmental Policy Institute and Politics, Brock University.

Journal Articles and Books

Garside. Nick (2013 Book) Democratic Ideals and the Politicization of Nature Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Latta, P. Alex and Nick Garside 2005. Ecological Citizenship: An Introduction. Environments. Volume 33(3)

Bose, Pablo S., Nicholas Garside and Richard Oddie 2003. “The Politics of Participation” Ethics of Development Induced Displacement, Project Working Paper #2.

Garside, Nick 2002. "The Obscured Potential of Environmental Politics," Environments 30(3), 37-54.

Garside, Nick 1998. "Beyond an Autonomous Nature: Democratic Radical Environmentalism," Faculty of Environmental Studies Occasional Papers Series. 4(6). York University, North York, Ontario.

Miller, Laurie, Dean Bavington and Nick Garside (co-authored as The Lumpen Society) 1997. "The End of Community? Forms, Process and Pattern," In Research in Community Sociology: Environment and Community Empowerment, Ed. Dan A. Chekki. Vol VII. 21-59, JAI Press, Greenwich, CT.