Philippe Le Billon (MBA Paris, PhD Oxford) is Professor at the University of British Columbia with the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. He has worked for environmental and humanitarian organizations in Angola, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and the former-Yugoslavia. Currently conducting research on the political economy and geography of war, extractive sector governance, and the geopolitics of the ‘global land grab’.
Wars of Plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources
Columbia University Press (2012)
Polity Press (2012, with Gavin Bridge)
The Geopolitics of ‘Resource Wars’
Fuelling War: Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts
IISS and Routledge (2006)
Oil prices, scarcity and geographies of war, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 99(5), 2009, 836-844 (with A. Cervantes).
Diamond Wars? Conflict diamonds and geographies of resource wars, Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(2), 2008, 345-372.
Fatal Transactions: conflict diamonds and the (anti)terrorist consumer, Antipode 38(4), 2006, 778-801.
Political economy of war and reconstruction:
China's weapons trade: from ships of shame to the ethics of global resistance, International Affairs 85(2), 2009, 323-346 (with S.J. Spiegel).
Ending ‘resource wars’: Revenue sharing, economic sanction, or military intervention?, International Peacekeeping, 14(5), 2007, 613-632 (with E. Nicholls).
Finance in Conflict and Reconstruction, Journal of International Development 13, 2001, 951-64, (with T. Addison and M. Murshed).
Corrupting peace? Corruption, peacebuilding and reconstruction, International Peacekeeping, 15(3), 2008, 344-361.
Corruption: reconstruction and oil governance in Iraq., Third World Quarterly 26(4), 2005, 679-698.
Buying Peace or Fuelling War: the Role of Corruption in Armed Conflicts, Journal of International Development 15(4), 2003, 413-26.
Natural disasters and conflicts:
Peace in the wake of disaster? Secessionist conflicts with the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers32, 2007, 411-427 (with A. Waizenegger).
Melanie Sommerville (PhD – geopolitics of agroinvestments – on-going)
Dawn Hoogeveen (PhD – extractive sectors and indigenous land rights – on-going*)
Ian Baird (PhD - resources, identities and territorialities – now Assistant Professor, Madison)
Simon Springer (PhD – liberal peace and post-conflict violence – now Assistant Professor, NUS*)
Samuel Spiegel (MA - political ecology of gold rush in Africa – now Assistant Professor, Edinbrough*)
Sarah Panofsky (MA – Aboriginal ontologies and environmental impact assessments in oil industry*)
Jessica Lehman (MA - Post-tsunami coastal communities in Sri Lanka*)
Sara Helder (MA, Fair trade coffee and producer health in Rwanda*)
Arno Waizenegger (MA, Natural disasters and conflict termination)
Estelle Levin (MA – Conflict diamonds and artisanal mining in Sierra Leone*)
Political Geography (GEOG329); Geography of Africa (GEOG496); Environment, Development and Security (GEOG519).