Dr. David Rossiter


Environmental Studies

Associate Professor

(360) 650-2821


AH232, MS9085

Office Hours:

Summer 2019 - by appointment.

A broadly-trained human geographer with interests in cultural, historical, and political sub-fields, Rossiter received his PhD in Geography from York University in 2005. In addition to teaching and writing in these fields, he serves as Associate Editor for Book and Film Reviews for BC Studies​.

2019-20 courses:

Winter   - ENVS 204 Human Geography

              - ENVS 331 | C/AM 331 Canada: Society and Environment

Research Interests

Dr. Rossiter's research focuses on historical geographies of settler colonialism in northwestern North America, with particular emphasis on the politics of land and resources in the territory that has come to be known as British Columbia. His projects have investigated constructions of settler resource geographies, intersections of environmental and indigenous politics, and political geographies of indigenous land claims. Presently, he is studying historical geographies of nature and recreation in the mountainous North Shore region of Vancouver, BC.


Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, "The Politics of Refusal: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 61(2), 2017, 165-177.

David A. Rossiter and Patricia Burke Wood, "Neoliberalism as Shape-shifter: the Case of Aboriginal Title and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," Society and Natural Resources 29(8), 2016, 900-915.

David A. Rossiter, "Introduction: The ‘Nature’ of Canadian Studies in the United States," American Review of Canadian Studies 45(3), 2015, 259-65.

David A. Rossiter, "The Nature of a Blockade: Environmental Politics and the Haida Action on Lyell Island, British Columbia" in Y.D. Belanger and P.W. Lakenbauer (eds.) Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015, 70-89.

David A. Rossiter, "Crossing the Line: Reflections on a Transnational Lifeworld" in R. Tremblay and S. Hardwick (eds.) Transnational Borders, Transnational Lives: Academic Mobility at the Borderland. Quebec City: Presses de l' Université du Québec, 2014, 41-52.

David A. Rossiter, "British Columbia: Geographies of a Province on the Edge" in R. Tremblay and H. Chicoine (eds.) The Geographies of Canada. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013, 453-478.

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, “Unstable Properties: British Columbia, Aboriginal Title and the ‘New Relationship,’” The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 55(4), 2011, 407-425.

David A. Rossiter, “Leave the Lemons at Home: Towards a Political Ecology of Border Space,” Geopolitics 16(1), 2011, 107-120.

David A. Rossiter, “Resource Geography” in B. Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Vol. 5.Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2010, 2446-2451.

David A. Rossiter, “Negotiating Nature: Colonial Geographies and Environmental Politics in the Pacific Northwest,” Ethics, Place and Environment 11(2), 2008, 113-128.

David A. Rossiter, “Producing Provincial Space: Crown Forests, the State, and Territorial Control in British Columbia,” Space and Polity 12(2), 2008, 215-230.

David A. Rossiter, “Land Claims” in W.A. Darity (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Vol. 4. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, 340-341.

David A. Rossiter, “Topography” in W.A. Darity (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Vol. 8. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, 389-390.

David A. Rossiter, “Lessons in Possession: Colonial Resource Geographies in Practice on Vancouver Island, 1859-65,” Journal of Historical Geography 33(4), 2007, 770-790.

David Rossiter and Patricia K. Wood, “Fantastic Topographies: Neo-Liberal Responses to Aboriginal Land Claims in British Columbia,” The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 49(4), 2005, 352-366.

David Rossiter, “The Nature of Protest: Constructing the Spaces of British Columbia’s Rainforests,” Cultural Geographies 11(2), 2004, 139-164.


PhD and MA Geography, York University; BA Hons. Geography, University of British Columbia