Jessica Dempsey on Enterprising Nature: Economics, Markets, and Finance in Global Biodiversity Politics

1118640608A great new book from Jessica Dempsey (UBC Geography). Description below and a short animated video from her website. The publisher’s description does not do the book justice (in my view).

Enterprising Nature explores the rise of economic rationality in global biodiversity law, policy and science. To view Jessica’s animation based on the book’s themes please visit

  • Examines disciplinary apparatuses, ecological-economic methodologies, computer models, business alliances, and regulatory conditions creating the conditions in which nature can be produced as enterprising
  • Relates lively, firsthand accounts of global processes at work drawn from multi-site research in Nairobi, Kenya; London, England; and Nagoya, Japan
  • Assesses the scientific, technical, geopolitical, economic, and ethical challenges found in attempts to ‘enterprise nature’
  • Investigates the implications of this ‘will to enterprise’ for environmental politics and policy


Water security in the Anthropocene: planetary hydrology, global finance, and the new development nexus

A bit of self-promotion for an upcoming talk at the University of East Anglia if you happen to be in the UK in late October.

UEA poster

Corporate water risk: confusion and ambiguity

An interesting podcast from the Oxford Water Group on corporate water risk here. Thanks to dmfant for the link.

Also, a new article on the financialization of water was posted at Review of Radical Political Economics yesterday. You can get it here, abstract below.

The Financialization of Water
Kate Bayliss
This paper aims to locate developments in water delivery within broader financialization trends
by considering three aspects of water management. First, despite clear failings of privatization
over the past twenty years, state support for the private sector continues. Second, innovations
have emerged so that water consumption generates wealth for private investment finance. Finally,
private enterprises have gained increasing influence in sector policy. The paper demonstrates
that financialization is incompatible with social objectives in water delivery.