Current Research Interests

I have a book forthcoming with Yale University Press (February 2022). A Blue New Deal: Why We Need a New Politics For the Ocean provides the first comprehensive account of what a just ocean might look like. Along the way, it tackles some more specific issues such as the future of people in small island states who might be rendered homeless (and perhaps even stateless) by rising sea levels; how to better protect those who work at sea, including fishers; and the rights of marine animals. You can find the book on Amazon or on Yale's website.

My previous book focused on issues of natural resource justice. Justice and Natural Resources provided the first systematic, book-length treatment of natural resource justice. It was the subject of a number of symposia, and a special issue on the book was recently published by the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric, along with a reply to my critics.

My next book will focus on the challenge of global conservation justice.

More generally, my research interests include:

Natural resource justice

- Egalitarian theories of natural resource justice, and their rivals

- The nature and justification of collective (e.g. state) claims over natural resources

- Fairly sharing the costs of natural resource conservation

- The resources of the ocean and the Polar regions

- Competing accounts of sustainability

Global justice and climate justice

- Egalitarian accounts of global justice

- Relationism and non-relationism

- Global justice and institutional design

- Fairly sharing the burdens of mitigation, adaptation and compensation