Dr. Daniel Tubb

Annex C, Rm. 22
13 Macaulay Lane Annex C
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3

Email: dtubb@unb.ca

Phone: (506) 458-7654

Fax: (506) 453-5071

Professor Tubb teaches and conducts research on economic and environmental anthropology, agrarian studies, extractivsm and extractive industries, artisanal and small-scale gold mining, critical development studies, and political economy. He is particularly interested in rural change caused by oil palm plantations for biofuels in post-conflict Colombia and on rural livelihoods and resource extraction projects in New Brunswick and the Canadian Maritimes.

He joined the University of New Brunswick Fredericton in 2016. Before this, he was a fellow at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University from 2014 to 2016, where he worked on a project on the social life of oil palm and rural capitalism in Colombia. He earned a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from Carleton University in 2014, where he conducted eighteen months of fieldwork on gold mining and the political economy of natural resource extraction with Afro-descendant communities in northwest Colombia.

Dr. Tubb has two ongoing research projects. The first is about oil palm, biofuels, and agrarian change in post-conflict Colombia. The second is about contemporary rural issues in New Brunswick. His research and publications have focused on artisanal and small-scale gold mining by Afro-descendant communities in the Colombian Pacific; on human rights, violence, citizenship, and narratives of whiteness in Colombia’s second largest city Medellin; and on internal displacement in Colombia. He has completed a book about gold mining in Colombia's Pacific, which is under advance contract with the University of Washington Press.

Dr. Tubb has received various research grants, including SSHRC fellowships at the MA, Ph.D., and Postdoctoral level. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and on the editorial board of Nokoko, the journal of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.

Before coming to UNB Fredericton, Dr. Tubb wrote in New Haven, CT, lectured at Carleton University, lived in Spain and Ecuador, conducted fieldwork in Colombia, taught English with migrant Mexican farmworkers, grew up on small family farm in Eastern Ontario, and immigrated to Canada from Scotland.

Professor Tubb is always interested in supervising graduate work in sociocultural anthropology, especially in political, economic, or environmental anthropology on urban or rural issues with a regional focus on Colombia and Latin America or the Canadian Maritimes. UNB has graduate programs at the MA level in Anthropology, and at the Ph.D. level in Interdisciplinary Studies. If you are interested in Professor Tubb as a potential graduate supervisor, please be touch with him over email.


Dr. Tom Beckley

Forestry/Geology, Rm. 212

Email: beckley@unb.ca 

Phone: (506) 453-4917

Dr. Tom Beckley has been working in the field of natural resource sociology in Canada since 1993. Since his undergraduate studies in sociology/anthropology and environmental studies he has been interested in the intersection of culture and social processes on resource management.

Dr. Beckley received both his Master’s degree in Rural Sociology and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA). Since 2000, he has been teaching in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at UNB in Fredericton. Dr. Beckley’s teaching focuses on human dimensions of natural resource management. This includes macro social structures and systems as well as systems of values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. He deals extensively with the role of ethics and values and how they combine with science in management processes. He also focuses on practical skills of writing, oral communication, critical thinking, critical writing, and ethical reflection.

Prior to joining UNB, he worked as the first research sociologist ever hired by the Canadian Forest Service, first in Alberta and New Brunswick. His research has focused on social dynamics in community sustainability, social indicators, sense of place, community forestry, public engagement in forest management, planning and policy and most recently, energy and climate change.

Dr. Beckley served as co-editor of Society and Natural Resources from 2009-2011.

In his personal life, he tries to live his environmental values through managing his own 100 acre woodlot, making maple syrup, foraging, and growing much of his own food.