Philippe Le Billon, University of British Columbia

Assistant Professor Geography Vancouver, British Columbia lebillon@geog.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-5218
(604) 822-9935

Bio/Research

Philippe Le Billon (MBA Paris, PhD Oxford) is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia with the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Before joining UBC, I was a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Inst...

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Bio/Research

Philippe Le Billon (MBA Paris, PhD Oxford) is Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia with the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. Before joining UBC, I was a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), with fieldwork in Angola, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the former-Yugoslavia.

My research interests include: political economy of war and reconstruction; geographies of violence; governance of extractive sectors; and corruption.

My research focus is on primary commoditie, conflicts and various forms of violence. Using a political ecology approach, I investigate the commodity networks linking spaces of exploitation, consumption and regulation. Such work involves dealing with the spatiality and materiality of resources and the political economy of their mode of production and appropriation, as well as the discursive aspects of their ‘social life'.This research also relates to policy reforms in resource governance as well as international security and trade frameworks, notably to improve the accountability of governments and businesses, as well as the well-being and security of populations in resource-dependent countries.


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