Michael Simpson

Visiting Lecturer (University of St Andrews)
location_on GEOG 216

Education

Univeristy of British Columbia

2018

PhD

About

Visiting from University of St Andrews from June 19 – September 1

My current research focuses on conflicts over fossil fuel pipelines as a window into the contemporary political and economic moment. Infrastructures of circulation have always underpinned the projects of settler colonialism and capitalist extraction. In the face of catastrophic climate change, the Anthropocene, and the Sixth Great Extinction, new pipeline developments have recently faced resolute resistance from opponents willing to put their bodies on the line to prevent the expansion of these infrastructures. These conflicts are particularly pertinent to our times because if oil is the lifeblood of fossil capitalism then pipelines are its vital arteries. Impeding the circulation of fossil fuels thus threatens to disrupt the spatial organization of the colonial-capitalist present. My research considers how solidarity is practiced between settler environmentalists and Indigenous land and water defenders on the frontlines of these struggles, and broadly asks how transformative movements seeking to bring about social and environment change can be built across difference.


Publications

Michael Simpson (2022). Fossil urbanism: fossil fuel flows, settler colonial circulations, and the production of carbon cities. Urban Geography43(1), 101-122.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02723638.2020.1840206?casa_token=FkTeGi2PYioAAAAA:3kXOtFOCSKz9m4R1fNoG6KFIGI3hlmwKyrNcjnCK4Rud0h6xx4lJURqA5Jfp6M_-MVAVugaB0NI

 

Michael Simpson & Philippe Le Billon. (2021). Reconciling violence: Policing the politics of recognition. Geoforum119, 111-121. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520303079?casa_token=re-IgQ2uzdgAAAAA:L41OibB64xLu4fZGDQ2WvSnd_dnKihIPQogf8rtz9OWphifw4FiaEB6rzZT4TS_vVd2avf9V

 

Michael Simpson. “For a prefigurative pandemic politics: Disrupting the racial colonial quarantine.” Political Geography84 (2021): 102274

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629820303371?via%3Dihub

 

Michael Simpson. (2019). Resource desiring machines: The production of settler colonial space, violence, and the making of a resource in the Athabasca tar sands. Political Geography74, 102044.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629818300659?casa_token=sgg8PXiiCTUAAAAA:yEapFiO-vW2-2ZncZb7itAyBbQn4Mr7HXad9k2jMHPZNNT2PImBZtyb_X9zXkMOZEOt0uqGS

Michael Simpson (2018). The Annihilation of Time by Space: Pluri-Temporal Strategies of Capitalist Circulation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2514848618817726

 

Michael Simpson (2018). The Anthropocene as Colonial Discourse. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0263775818764679

 

Michael Simpson & Jen Bagelman (2017). Decolonizing Urban Political Ecologies: The Production of Nature in Settler Colonial Cities. Annals of American Association of Geographers, 108(2): 558-568. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2017.1392285

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2017). Stacking Functions: Identifying Motivational Frames Guiding Urban Agriculture Organizations and Businesses in the United States and Canada. Agriculture and Human Values, 35(1): 19-39. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10460-017-9784-x

 

Nathan McClintock, Dillon Mahmoudi, Michael Simpson & Jacinto Pereira Santos (2016). Socio-Spatial Differentiation in the Sustainable City: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Residential Gardens in Metropolitan Portland, Oregon, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 148. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615002509

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2016). Cultivating Cascadia: Comparing Urban Agriculture Policy and Practice in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. In Alfonso Morales and Julie Dawson eds., Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities and Processes of Producing Food in Cities. University of Iowa Press.

 

Michael Simpson and James Tully (2012). Unfreedom of the Moderns in the Post-9/11 Age of Constitutionalism and Democracy. In Miquel Caminal and Ferran Requejo eds., Federalism, Plurinationality and Democratic Constitutionalism: Theory and Cases. Routledge.


Additional Description

Academic.edu Profilehttps://ubc.academia.edu/MichaelSimpson


Michael Simpson

Visiting Lecturer (University of St Andrews)
location_on GEOG 216

Univeristy of British Columbia

2018

PhD

Visiting from University of St Andrews from June 19 - September 1

My current research focuses on conflicts over fossil fuel pipelines as a window into the contemporary political and economic moment. Infrastructures of circulation have always underpinned the projects of settler colonialism and capitalist extraction. In the face of catastrophic climate change, the Anthropocene, and the Sixth Great Extinction, new pipeline developments have recently faced resolute resistance from opponents willing to put their bodies on the line to prevent the expansion of these infrastructures. These conflicts are particularly pertinent to our times because if oil is the lifeblood of fossil capitalism then pipelines are its vital arteries. Impeding the circulation of fossil fuels thus threatens to disrupt the spatial organization of the colonial-capitalist present. My research considers how solidarity is practiced between settler environmentalists and Indigenous land and water defenders on the frontlines of these struggles, and broadly asks how transformative movements seeking to bring about social and environment change can be built across difference.

Michael Simpson (2022). Fossil urbanism: fossil fuel flows, settler colonial circulations, and the production of carbon cities. Urban Geography43(1), 101-122.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02723638.2020.1840206?casa_token=FkTeGi2PYioAAAAA:3kXOtFOCSKz9m4R1fNoG6KFIGI3hlmwKyrNcjnCK4Rud0h6xx4lJURqA5Jfp6M_-MVAVugaB0NI

 

Michael Simpson & Philippe Le Billon. (2021). Reconciling violence: Policing the politics of recognition. Geoforum119, 111-121. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520303079?casa_token=re-IgQ2uzdgAAAAA:L41OibB64xLu4fZGDQ2WvSnd_dnKihIPQogf8rtz9OWphifw4FiaEB6rzZT4TS_vVd2avf9V

 

Michael Simpson. "For a prefigurative pandemic politics: Disrupting the racial colonial quarantine." Political Geography84 (2021): 102274

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629820303371?via%3Dihub

 

Michael Simpson. (2019). Resource desiring machines: The production of settler colonial space, violence, and the making of a resource in the Athabasca tar sands. Political Geography74, 102044.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629818300659?casa_token=sgg8PXiiCTUAAAAA:yEapFiO-vW2-2ZncZb7itAyBbQn4Mr7HXad9k2jMHPZNNT2PImBZtyb_X9zXkMOZEOt0uqGS

Michael Simpson (2018). The Annihilation of Time by Space: Pluri-Temporal Strategies of Capitalist Circulation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2514848618817726

 

Michael Simpson (2018). The Anthropocene as Colonial Discourse. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0263775818764679

 

Michael Simpson & Jen Bagelman (2017). Decolonizing Urban Political Ecologies: The Production of Nature in Settler Colonial Cities. Annals of American Association of Geographers, 108(2): 558-568. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2017.1392285

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2017). Stacking Functions: Identifying Motivational Frames Guiding Urban Agriculture Organizations and Businesses in the United States and Canada. Agriculture and Human Values, 35(1): 19-39. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10460-017-9784-x

 

Nathan McClintock, Dillon Mahmoudi, Michael Simpson & Jacinto Pereira Santos (2016). Socio-Spatial Differentiation in the Sustainable City: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Residential Gardens in Metropolitan Portland, Oregon, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 148. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615002509

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2016). Cultivating Cascadia: Comparing Urban Agriculture Policy and Practice in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. In Alfonso Morales and Julie Dawson eds., Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities and Processes of Producing Food in Cities. University of Iowa Press.

 

Michael Simpson and James Tully (2012). Unfreedom of the Moderns in the Post-9/11 Age of Constitutionalism and Democracy. In Miquel Caminal and Ferran Requejo eds., Federalism, Plurinationality and Democratic Constitutionalism: Theory and Cases. Routledge.

Academic.edu Profilehttps://ubc.academia.edu/MichaelSimpson

Michael Simpson

Visiting Lecturer (University of St Andrews)
location_on GEOG 216

Univeristy of British Columbia

2018

PhD

Visiting from University of St Andrews from June 19 - September 1

My current research focuses on conflicts over fossil fuel pipelines as a window into the contemporary political and economic moment. Infrastructures of circulation have always underpinned the projects of settler colonialism and capitalist extraction. In the face of catastrophic climate change, the Anthropocene, and the Sixth Great Extinction, new pipeline developments have recently faced resolute resistance from opponents willing to put their bodies on the line to prevent the expansion of these infrastructures. These conflicts are particularly pertinent to our times because if oil is the lifeblood of fossil capitalism then pipelines are its vital arteries. Impeding the circulation of fossil fuels thus threatens to disrupt the spatial organization of the colonial-capitalist present. My research considers how solidarity is practiced between settler environmentalists and Indigenous land and water defenders on the frontlines of these struggles, and broadly asks how transformative movements seeking to bring about social and environment change can be built across difference.

Michael Simpson (2022). Fossil urbanism: fossil fuel flows, settler colonial circulations, and the production of carbon cities. Urban Geography43(1), 101-122.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02723638.2020.1840206?casa_token=FkTeGi2PYioAAAAA:3kXOtFOCSKz9m4R1fNoG6KFIGI3hlmwKyrNcjnCK4Rud0h6xx4lJURqA5Jfp6M_-MVAVugaB0NI

 

Michael Simpson & Philippe Le Billon. (2021). Reconciling violence: Policing the politics of recognition. Geoforum119, 111-121. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718520303079?casa_token=re-IgQ2uzdgAAAAA:L41OibB64xLu4fZGDQ2WvSnd_dnKihIPQogf8rtz9OWphifw4FiaEB6rzZT4TS_vVd2avf9V

 

Michael Simpson. "For a prefigurative pandemic politics: Disrupting the racial colonial quarantine." Political Geography84 (2021): 102274

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629820303371?via%3Dihub

 

Michael Simpson. (2019). Resource desiring machines: The production of settler colonial space, violence, and the making of a resource in the Athabasca tar sands. Political Geography74, 102044.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629818300659?casa_token=sgg8PXiiCTUAAAAA:yEapFiO-vW2-2ZncZb7itAyBbQn4Mr7HXad9k2jMHPZNNT2PImBZtyb_X9zXkMOZEOt0uqGS

Michael Simpson (2018). The Annihilation of Time by Space: Pluri-Temporal Strategies of Capitalist Circulation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2514848618817726

 

Michael Simpson (2018). The Anthropocene as Colonial Discourse. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0263775818764679

 

Michael Simpson & Jen Bagelman (2017). Decolonizing Urban Political Ecologies: The Production of Nature in Settler Colonial Cities. Annals of American Association of Geographers, 108(2): 558-568. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24694452.2017.1392285

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2017). Stacking Functions: Identifying Motivational Frames Guiding Urban Agriculture Organizations and Businesses in the United States and Canada. Agriculture and Human Values, 35(1): 19-39. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10460-017-9784-x

 

Nathan McClintock, Dillon Mahmoudi, Michael Simpson & Jacinto Pereira Santos (2016). Socio-Spatial Differentiation in the Sustainable City: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Residential Gardens in Metropolitan Portland, Oregon, USA. Landscape and Urban Planning, 148. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615002509

 

Nathan McClintock & Michael Simpson (2016). Cultivating Cascadia: Comparing Urban Agriculture Policy and Practice in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. In Alfonso Morales and Julie Dawson eds., Cities of Farmers: Problems, Possibilities and Processes of Producing Food in Cities. University of Iowa Press.

 

Michael Simpson and James Tully (2012). Unfreedom of the Moderns in the Post-9/11 Age of Constitutionalism and Democracy. In Miquel Caminal and Ferran Requejo eds., Federalism, Plurinationality and Democratic Constitutionalism: Theory and Cases. Routledge.

Academic.edu Profilehttps://ubc.academia.edu/MichaelSimpson