Ravi de Costa

Associate Professor, Associate Dean Research

Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

BA Hons (Government & Public Administration) Sydney, PhD (Politics) Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Indigenous politics; Indigenous-settler relations and reconciliation
  • Globalization and Indigenous rights
  • Environmental/Indigenous conflicts and alliances

I originally came to Canada from Australia to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Prior to joining FES in 2007, I also taught at Trent University in the Department of Political Studies.

My research and teaching interests are in comparative and global approaches to the legacies of colonialism and Indigenous politics. My PhD dissertation was a comparative study of treaty-making in Canada and reconciliation in Australia. During my postdoctoral work I  broadened my research to include Indigenous politics beyond the nation-state and to examine Indigenous peoples’ activism both in transnational networks and in global institutions. My current projects include collaborative work on Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission as well as research that examines the conflicts and alliances between Indigenous communities and environmental actors.


Ravi de Costa