Arthur Green

This is a website I developed as a McGill Major Fellow
and doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at McGill.
I completed my Phd in 2013.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at
The University of British Columbia.

You can find more current information on my research below:
Current CV
Personal website
Working papers
Recent publications
Email: (at) 

Research Interests
Property rights, legal geography, postwar and post-disaster reconstruction, land tenure, land policy reform and administration, participatory mapping, food security, and sustainable livelihoods in the context of agrarian change, forestry, and agroforestry.

I came to the discipline of geography via my work in agricultural development, conservation areas, and forestry and agroforestry projects in Africa and SE Asia. As a result, my research focuses on the intersection of natural resource management, law, and geography. I am specifically interested in critical geography approaches to and applied research on property rights. I believe that an understanding of the ways in which people struggle to access, define, and distribute the rights and responsibilities surrounding property is crucial for understanding how cultural, political, legal, and economic systems function.

The questions that guide much of my research are:

  • How do societies define property? What can and should be owned? What are the rights and responsibilities of ownership? How does property both reflect and change the way that we relate to each other?
  • In what way do market-oriented approaches to property rights support or undermine sustainable livelihoods?
  • In what ways can and do communities manage forest resources outside of formal government control? How can communities get governments to politically and legally recognize and protect these practices?
  • How are natural resources implicated in and impacted by violent conflicts? How can natural resources be managed in postwar scenarios and during conflicts to promote peacebuilding? How are different types of social identity linked to different types of natural resources and different types of conflicts?


2013 Ph.D. Geography
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.
Dissertation: A geography of peace an investigation of post-conflict property and land administration in Aceh

2005 M.Sc. Natural Resource Management - MIP
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.
Thesis: Ethnic and Geographic Distribution of Natural Resoruce Management Strategies in the Tchabal Mbabo Region of Cameroon
Minor: Geographic Information Systems

1999 B.Sc. Anthropology and International Relations (Cum Laude)
Guilford College, Greensboro N.C.

1997 Japanese Scholar Certification and Intensive Language Program
International Christian University. Tokyo, Japan.

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McGill Majors Fellowship (2007-2009)
United States-Indonesia Society Sumitro Fellow (2007)
Centre for Developing Area Studies Fellow (2006-2007)
NCSU Department of Forestry Fellowship (2002/2005)
NCSU Graduate School Grant (2002)
Bonner Service Scholar (1995-1998)
Dana Leadership Scholar (1996-1999)
Takase Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Japanese Studies (1996-97)

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