Dr. Arthur Green
Arthur 'Gill' Green, PhD
I came to the discipline of geography via my professional work on agricultural development, conservation planning, and agroforestry in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. As a result, my research and teaching focus on innovation at the intersection of natural resource management, sustainable food systems, law, and applied geography. My research interests include the political ecology of property, postwar and post-disaster reconstruction, land administration, spatial statistics, food systems, agricultural lands, and agroforestry.
I am specifically interested in critical approaches to and applied research on property. I believe that an understanding of the ways in which people struggle to access, define, and distribute the rights and responsibilities surrounding property is crucial for understanding how cultural, political, legal, and economic systems function. In fact, such an understanding is central to establishing food sovereignty and critical for my work in applied political ecology. The questions that guide much of my research are:
1. How do societies define property? What can and should be owned? What are the rights and responsibilities of ownership? How does property both reflect and change the way that we relate to each other?
2. In what way do market-oriented approaches to property rights support or undermine sustainable livelihoods?
3. In what ways can and do communities manage forest resources outside of formal government control? How can communities get governments to politically and legally recognize and protect these practices?
4. How are natural resources implicated in and impacted by violent conflicts? How can natural resources be managed in postwar scenarios and during conflicts to promote peacebuilding? How are different types of social identity linked to different types of natural resources and different types of conflicts?
SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative. I am a collaborator on a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) called The Indian Ocean World: The making of the first global economy in the context of human-environment interaction. The initiative examines how environmental change has historically influenced trade, migration, and political conflict in the Indian Ocean World region.
Cameroon. I have been involved since 2002 with investigation of current and historical Mbororo natural resource management, migration, and settlement patterns, specifically in the Adamaoua region near Tchabal Mbabo. This work is expanding to examine how Islamic land law is adapted and practiced throughout the region.
Permaculture and sustainable agriculture curriculum. I am the principal investigator on a project examining ways to integrate permaculture and sustainable agriculture into curriculum (specifically in the Okanagan Valley). I have funding for two to four research assistants for 2013-2014.
Spatial forensics. I am working with forensic anthropologists on developing applied spatial statistics to understand killer behaviour and taphonomy. This work will assist locating mass graves after genocides. This research and student research assistants have been funded by JPAC-MIL, Okanagan College, and ORISE.
Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society (GEOG 129)
Food and Society (GEOG 201)
Introduction to Environmental Issues (GEOG 210)
Regional Geography of British Columbia (GEOG 217)
The Canadian Landscape (GEOG 224)
Geographic Data Analysis (Spatial Statistics) (GEOG 270)
Introduction to Cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing (GEOG 272)
Environment and Resources (GEOG 310) (UBC-Okanagan: Teaching Honour Roll 2011, Teaching Honour Roll 2012)
Geography of Conflict (GEOG 515)
Green, Arthur. In press. Social Identity, Natural Resources, and Peacebuilding. In Livelihoods, Natural Resources, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, eds. H. Young and L. Goldman. London, UK: Routledge. http://goo.gl/6JS2zO
Green, Arthur.2013. Title Wave: Land Tenure and Peacebuilding in Aceh. In Land and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding, eds. J. Unruh and R. Williams, 293–320. London, UK: Routledge. http://goo.gl/jLHFZM
Green, Arthur. 2013. Conflict in Caledonia: Aboriginal land rights and the rule of law by Laura Devries, University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2011, 242 pp., hardcover C$85.00 (ISBN 9780774821841). The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien 57 (4):e23–e24. http://goo.gl/GC8hMy
Green, Arthur. 2010. Land Tenure Security and Peacebuilding in Aceh, Indonesia. Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 2 (1):61–68. http://goo.gl/nk7Dw3
Green, Arthur. 2010. Social Identity, Natural Resources, and Peacebuilding. In CAPRi Workshop on Collective Action, Property Rights and Conflict in Natural Resources Management. Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 28 to July 1, 2010. Siam Reap, Cambodia: CAPRi. http://goo.gl/DkFIhW
Green, Arthur., and J. Unruh. 2010. Clean Development Mechanism Afforestation and Reforestation projects: implications for local agriculture. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 5 (057):1–11. http://goo.gl/Dm54Eu
Green, Arthur. 2009. Land Tenure and Carbon Sequestration in Africa. In Forest Tenure, Governance, and Enterprise: new opportunties for Central & West Africa. Yaoundé, Cameroon. http://www.slideshare.net/YaoundeTenureConference/53-a-green
Green, Arthur. 2007. Fruit Tree Crops and Nurseries in Aceh: A Rapid Market Appraisal of Aceh Jaya and Aceh Barat. Indonesia Farmer-to-Farmer Program Report, Winrock International. Winrock International and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Bogor, Indonesia: ICRAF. http://goo.gl/cHixLj
Green, Arthur. 2004. Reflections from the Field: Islam and the Tsetse Fly. Sylvanet 17 (2):2–5. http://goo.gl/NUQn54
Green, Arthur and Jonas Tchinlé. 2004. Evaluation of Mbororo Transhumance Routes in the Tchabal Mbabo-Dodeo Region of Cameroon. Yaoundé, Cameroun: BirdLife International. http://goo.gl/NUQn54
Green, Arthur, F. Tiayon, and D. A. Ndeh. 2004. Involving African Pastoralists in Conservation Area Management: The Case of the Gashaka Gumti-Tchabal Mbabo Transboundary Conservation Project. In Working Forests in the Tropics. University of Florida. Gainesville, Florida.Tweets by @GreenGeographer