Between 2009 and 2011, Adam was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Carbon Governance at Sauder S3i. Currently he is an Associate Fellow of Sauder S3i, and a lecturer in Sustainable Development and the Environment at the University of Melbourne. He is the lead researcher and manager of the International Carbon Governance Project – a collaboration between Sauder S3i, the University of Oxford, University of California, Berkeley and the University of Melbourne – focused on exploring transforming business to a low carbon future. Prior to coming to the Centre, Adam completed a Bachelor of Science (with honours) in Ecology, at the University of East Anglia, UK (with a year spent on exchange at UBC). Adam then worked for three years on climate change and media affairs in London while he finished his Master of Arts in Environment, Politics and Globalization at the University of London, King’s College. Seeing a need for a better understanding of the social and environmental implications of carbon offsets, Adam completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute in 2009.
In addition to fieldwork in both developed and developing world contexts (particularly in Latin America), Adam has spent time as a Visiting Scholar at both the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008) and at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues (2009). Primarily focusing on carbon markets and international development, Adam has published his work in several geography journals and has presented widely at academic- and policy-oriented international conferences.
In the first year of his doctoral studies, Adam also founded The Climate Consultancy, a consulting company dedicated to putting research into action in order to assist companies and governments in progressive approaches to carbon management. Adam aims to put both his academic and business credentials to good use at Sauder S3i as it further develops its work on carbon governance in BC and beyond.
Bumpus, A.G., Liverman, D.M. And Lovell, H. (2010) The Rise of Voluntary Carbon Offset Standards: Self-Regulation, Legitimacy and Multi-Scalar Governance. Available on the Social Science Research Network and submitted to Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.
Simon, G., Bumpus, A.G. and Mann, P. (2010) Win-Win Scenarios at the Climate-Development Interface: Challenges and Opportunities for Cookstove Replacement Programs Through Carbon Finance. World Bank Social Science Research Network and submitted to Global Environmental Change.
Bumpus, A. G. and Cole, J. C. (2010) How can the CDM deliver sustainable development? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.
Bumpus, A. G. and Liverman, D. M. (forthcoming). Offsets, greenhouse gas reductions, and sustainable development. In Peet et al. (eds.) Global Political Ecology, Routledge: New York
Boykoff, M., Bumpus, A. G., Liverman, D. M., & Randalls, S. (2009). Theorizing the carbon economy: Introduction to the special issue. Environment and Planning A, 41(10): 2299 – 2304.
Bumpus, A. G. & Liverman, D. M. (2008). Accumulation by decarbonization and the governance of carbon offsets. Economic Geography, 84(2), 127-55.
Sauder S3i Working Papers:
Bumpus, A. G. (2010) The matter of carbon: understanding the materiality of carbon reductions (tCO2e) in offsets.
Bumpus, A. G., Lovell, H. and Liverman, D. M. (2010) The rise of voluntary carbon offset standards: self-regulation, legitimacy and multi-scalar governance.
Conference Abstracts and Invited Presentations:
Carbon Management in a Shifting Landscape. Invited panelist presentation to Summer Institute in Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 8 July 2010.
Carbon Offsets: environment and development in a changing world. Invited presentation to Chinese Ministry Environmental Protection officials: China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 29 June 2010.
Possibilities for a Global Green Economy? Invited keynote panelist, G-20 Youth Summit, Vancouver, Canada. 13 May 2010.
Climate Change and Development: where do we want the world to be in 2100? Invited Keynote Speaker, British Council IYSC “Call for Action on Climate Change”. Smolenice Castle, Slovakia. 30 June 2009. (see here for PPS of presentation)
Offsetting for capital, climate or communities? A political ecology of carbon offsets in Honduras: transnational governance, material carbon reductions, and local development. The Liu Institute Presents: Adam Bumpus, Visiting Scholar. Environmental Seminars Series, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Canada. 8 April 2009.
The Matter of Carbon: understanding the materiality of tCO2e in carbon offset projects. Presented at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Carbon Economy and Governance Sessions (session co-organiser), 23 March 2009.