Mark Leeming

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1B 3X9


As a historian studying the intellectual history of environmentalism and radical environmental ethics in Canada, my research deals with social activist organizations as well as globally influential philosophers and writers. In practical terms, it means I spend a lot of time reading arguments about the way societies use and conceive of knowledge, whether as the theoretically perfectible product of scientific inquiry, or as a mixture of scientifically verifiable data, individual experience, ethical and first principles, and acknowledged ignorance. The political debate about knowledge is remarkably consistent across eras and impinges upon virtually every policy decision governments pursue.

At MUN, I work with Dr. Dean Bavington on the late 20th & early 21st centuries’ various attempts to come to terms with the downside of industrial society while preserving (or, for some, undermining) the idea of science as constitutive of knowledge.


Ph.D. Dalhousie University, Department of History (2009-2013)
Dissertation: “In Defence of Home Places: Environmental Activism in Nova Scotia, 1970 – 1985”

M.A. McMaster University, Department of History (2008-2009)
Thesis: “Contested Conservation: Forestry and History in Nova Scotia”

B.A. (Honours) Saint Francis Xavier University, Department of History (2005-2008)
Thesis: “Liberty and Human Improvement: British New Liberals and the Eugenics Movement”

Research Interests

  • Environmentalism
  • Ethics
  • Science & Technology Studies
  • Industrialism
  • International intellectual networks


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000