Plenary speakers

Our keynote speakers are influential scholars, who join the conference to make crucial contributions in keynote sessions. In our 2021 conference, we are honoured to welcome the following speakers:

Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development at American University’s School of International Service and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. She heads SIS’s International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on rethinking globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She has a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the US Treasury Department and US Congress to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines and El Salvador. Her most recent work is a book called The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country From Corporate Greed (2021) co-authored with John Cavanagh.


As a Canada Research Chair-Indigenous Environmental Justice, cross-appointed with Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Professor McGregor has been at the forefront of Indigenous environmental justice and Indigenous research theory and practice. Over the years, she has achieved international recognition through her creative and innovative approach using digital and social media to reach Indigenous communities and the public. Her work has been shared through the IEJ project website and UKRI International Collaboration on Indigenous research.