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Malcom Ferdinand

Dr. Malcom Ferdinand

Carson Fellow


Malcom Ferdinand is an environmental engineer from University College London and doctor in political philosophy from Université Paris Diderot. He is now a researcher at the CNRS (IRISSO/University Paris Dauphine). At the crossroad of political philosophy, postcolonial theory and political ecology, his research focuses on the Black Atlantic and particularly the Caribbean. He explores the relations between current ecological crises and the colonial history of modernity. He recently published a book based on his PhD dissertation entitled A Decolonial Ecology: Thinking of Ecology from the Caribbean World.

RCC Research Project: A World beyond the Toxic Ruins of Slavery and Colonization: The Struggle against Chlordecone in the French Antilles (1969-2019)

Selected Publications:

  • "Bridging the divide to face the Plantationocene: The chlordecone contamination and the 2009 social events in Martinique and Guadeloupe." In Neoliberalism in the Caribbean and the French Antillean Uprisings of 2009, edited by Adlaï Murdoch. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2019.
  • Une écologie décoloniale, Penser l'écologie depuis le monde Caribéen. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 2019.
  • "De l'usage du Chlordécone aux Antilles : l'égalité en question." In Environnement et inégalités sociales, edited by F. Augagneur and J. Fagnani. Paris: La documentation française, 2015.
  • "Subnational climate justice for the French Outre-mer: postcolonial politics and geography of an epistemic shift." Island Studies Journal 13, no. 1 (2018): 119-134.