Devin Holterman

Holterman, Dr. Devin

PhD, MES (York University)

Postdoctoral Fellow
Off Campus


Dr. Devin Holterman leads a collaborative research project with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) and the University of Northern British Columbia that looks to develop an evidence-based social science research program for Y2Y.

Devin's research interests include investigating the political, economic, and ecological dynamics of biodiversity conservation and the extractive industries and, in particular, where the two sectors converge.

In Tanzania, his doctoral research examined how transnational resource extraction benefits from the biodiversity crisis, how protected areas are becoming increasing fortified, and how protected and conserved areas affect the lives of people and wildlife.

Devin has also co-founded the Beyond Extraction Research Collective and has worked with various not-for-profit groups around the world.

He enjoys climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and exploring the world alongside his young son.

Research and Expertise

Research Fields
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Geography
Areas of Expertise
Biodiversity conservation, extraction, political ecology, conservation social sciences, territory, political geography.
Languages Spoken
  • English

Selected Publications

Youdelis, M., Douhaibi, D., Holterman, D., Paudel, K., Preston, V., Remmel, T. K., Lunstrum, E., Mensah, J. (2021). Out of bounds: The BHER bones of teaching geography across borders. In W. Giles and L. Miller (Eds), Borderless higher education for refugees: Lessons from the Dadaab Refugee Camps. Bloomsbury.

Massé, F., Lunstrum, E. & Holterman, D. (2018). Linking green militarization and critical military studies. The Journal of Critical Military Studies, 4(2), 201-221.

Holterman, D. (2014). The biopolitical war for life: Extractivism and the Ugandan oil state. The Extractive Industries and Society. 1(1) 28-37.

Holterman, D. (2014). Slow violence, extraction and human rights defence in Tanzania: Notes from the field. Resources Policy (40) 59-65.