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David R. Boyd

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Adjunct Professor, Resource and Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University

    David R. Boyd is the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment and an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

    He has a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC, a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a business degree from the University of Alberta. He served as the executive director of Ecojustice, argued cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, and worked as a special advisor on sustainability for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. He has advised many governments on environmental, constitutional, and human rights policy and co-chaired Vancouver’s effort to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. 

    Boyd is also the author of ten books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His most recent books include The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017) and The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015).

    He lives on Pender Island with his partner Margot Venton and their daughter Meredith, and loves to run, kayak, cycle and go to the beach!