Dr. Jonathan Peyton

Associate Professor
305 Sinnott Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3T 2N2
(204) 474-9089


Academic Backgound

Ph.D University of British Columbia
M.A. University of Victoria
B.Hum University of Victoria 

Teaching Interests

GEOG 3250 Energy and Society 

My research lies at the intersection of environmental geography and political ecology and develops a cultural and historical approach. Over the past few years I examined a series of resource development conflicts in northwest BC, a region that is currently the site of intense mining exploration and controversy over energy projects. I situate the current conflicts against the legacies of previous megaprojects -- both failed and realized -- to understand their social and environmental side effects as well as their legacies for future developments. By analyzing the compounding effects of state planning, environmental assessment, technological expertise, scientific data management, corporate enterprise and popular debate, I argue that institutional factors, development controversies and environmental debates change the discourse of nature, both locally and in metropolitan contexts and set some of the terms of environmental change.

My current research is on the policy implications of northern energy infrastructure megaprojects in subarctic North America. This project asks how envisioned northern energy projects influence the course of North American energy policy. This work is northern in focus but will place the north in relation to broader continental energy policy and geopolitics.  I also plan to develop a focused project on the socio-environmental impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing technology in northern BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan as oil and gas companies increasingly turn to the production of shale and other unconventional gases.

Research Interests

Environmental and Social Geographies of subarctic North America; Megaprojects; Energy Politics and Policy; Mining; Resource Conflict; Environmental History/Historical Geography; Political Ecology; Nature and Culture in Canada; the Politics of Environmental Assessment. 

Selected Publications

  • Jonathan Peyton, Unbuilt Environments: Legacies of Post-War Development and Extractive Economies in Northwest BC (book MSS under contract with UBC Press)
  • Jonathan Peyton and Aaron Franks, “The New Nature of Things? The Conservative Government and the design of the new environmental subject” Antipode (under review)
  • Jonathan Peyton, ‘”A strange enough way”: An embodied natural history of experience, animals and food on the Teslin Trail” Geoforum 58.1 (January 2015): 14-22.
  • Matthew Evenden and Jonathan Peyton, Forthcoming. “A History of Hydroelectricity in Canada” In Powering Up Canada: A Short History of Energy from 1600, ed. Ruth Sandwell (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015).
  • Jonathan Peyton, Forthcoming. “Moving Through the Margins: The ‘All-Canadian’ Route to the Klondike and the Strange Experience of the Teslin Trail” In Perspectives on the Environmental History of Northern Canada, Stephen Bocking and Brad Martin, eds. (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2015).
  • Jonathan Peyton, “Canadian Association for Renewable Energies” Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change ed. by S. George Philander (Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage Publications, 2012), 182-183.
  • Jonathan Peyton, “Climate Change Knowledge Network” Encyclopedia of Global Warming and Climate Change ed. by S. George Philander (Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage Publications, 2012), 278-279.
  • Jonathan Peyton, “Corporate Ecology: B.C Hydro's Stikine-Iskut Project the Unbuilt Environment” Journal of Historical Geography 37.3 (July 2011): 358-369.
  • Jonathan Peyton, “Imbricated Geographies of Conservation and Consumption in the Stikine Plateau,” Environment and History 17.4 (November 2011): 555-581.         
  • Jonathan Peyton and Robert L. A. Hancock, “Anthropology, State Formation, and Hegemonic Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, 1910-1939,” Native Studies Review 17.1 (2008), 45-69.