Bruce P Braun

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267 19th Avenue South

• Geosocial formations; geontology; extraction and extractive capital
• Green urbanism and apparatuses of government: critical studies of urban sustainability; urban resilience as mode of government; design activism
• The politics of 'life': political rationality and biological existence; the securitization of biological life; biosecurity and empire
• Philosophy and geography: humanism and posthumanism; new materialisms
• Ecopolitics : environmental social movements; nature, environmentalism and difference; colonialism and environmentalism

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 1996.

Curriculum Vitae


  • eco-politics
  • political ecology
  • geopolitics of biosecurity
  • social and political theory
  • green urbanism
  • biopolitics and the city
  • Anthropocene in social, political and ecological thought
Courses Taught
  • GEOG 1301: Our Globalizing World
  • GEOG 3376: Polical Ecology of North America
  • GEOG 4002: Environmental Thought and Practice
  • GEOG 8001: Nature-Society Proseminar
  • GEOG 8980: Technology and Biopolitics
  • Braun, Bruce, 2014. “A new urban dispositif? Governing life in the age of climate change.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32, 49-64.
  • Wakefield, Stephanie and Bruce Braun, 2014. “Governing the resilient city.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32, 4-11.
  • Braun, Bruce, 2013. “Power over life: biosecurity as biopolitics.” In Andrew Dobson, Kezia Barker and Sarah Taylor, eds., Biosecurity: The Socio-Politics of Invasive Species and Infectious Diseases. Earthscan, pp 45-57.
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Eli Meyerhoff and Bruce Braun (in press). “Time and the University.“ ACME: An International E-Journal For Critical Geographers.
  • Braun, Bruce and Sarah Whatmore, eds. 2010. Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy and Public Life. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 319pp.
  • Braun, Bruce. 2010. “The case of the missing present in Mannahatta.“ Cartographica, 45, 4, 248-252.
  • Anderson, Kay and Bruce Braun, eds. 2008. Environment: Critical Essays in Human Geography. Contemporary Foundations in Space and Place Series (general editor, John Agnew). 2008. London: Ashgate. 604pp.
  • Braun, Bruce. 2008. “Thinking the city through SARS: bodies, topologies, politics.“ In Harris Ali and Roger Keil, eds. Networked Disease: Emerging Infections in the Global City. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 250-266.
  • Braun, Bruce. 2008. “Inventive life“ Progress in Human Geography, vol. 32: pp. 667 - 679.
  • Braun, Bruce. 2007. “Biopolitics and the molecularization of life.“ Cultural Geographies, 14: 6-28. [Revised version reprinted in Richard Peet, Paul Robbins and Michael Watts, eds. In Press. Global Political Ecology. London: Routledge].
  • Braun, Bruce. 2002. The Intemperate Rainforest: Nature, Culture and Power on Canada’s West Coast. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press. 347pp
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2001