Scott Prudham is a professor at the University of Toronto, appointed in the department of geography and planning and in the School of the Environment. His research is situated at the intersection of environmental politics, environmental change, and political economy. Specific topics include property and regulatory regimes attending the commercialization of genetically modified organisms in Canada; neoliberal environmental policies and the emergence of so-called “green capitalism”; the political ecology of industrial and alternative forestry in western North America; and the contributions of Karl Polanyi to green political economy.
His current research emphasis is on long-term agrarian restructuring in the wine sector of Southern France, including the articulation of the regional organic wine growing and cooperative wine-making movements. His most recent publication, with Ken Macdonald, is Qualifying tradition: Instituted practices in the making of the organic wine market in Languedoc‐Roussillon, France, in the Journal of Agrarian Change, 2020. He is author of the 2005 Routledge book Knock on Wood: Nature as Commodity in Douglas-fir Country, and co-editor of the 2007 Routledge collection Neoliberal Environments:False Promises and Unnatural Consequences. He is a former editor of the journal Geoforum, and a past-president of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.