Dr. Anna Zalik

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University 

Dr. Anna Zalik is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University where she teaches in the area of global environmental politics and critical development studies. Dr. Zalik’s research examines and critiques the political economy and political ecology of oil, gas and other extractives, with a focus on the merging of corporate security and social welfare interventions in strategic exporters, particularly Nigeria, Mexico and Canada. Another area of research concerns the relationship between popular resistance to extraction and risk analysis, as carried out by global financial institutions, and the spatial reorganization of energy and extractive infrastructure. From 2005-2007 she was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Zalik has received various awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her research on topics related to the political economy of hydrocarbons, substantive industrial transparency, and the contested regulation of extractive industries in oceans beyond national jurisdiction. She has given invited presentations at various universities internationally, among them the UNAM, Mexico City, the Peace Research Institute – Oslo, and the University of Chicago Human Rights Centre.