From 2018 -, I was a fellow at the Independent Media Institute's globetrotter project.

In 2014-15 I was a columnist for TeleSUR English's Opinion section.

I also run a blog,, and a podcast called the Anti-Empire Project.

Lecture Series

A series of lectures on international politics topics on youtube from the past few years.

For the latest material, check out my podcast on history and international conflicts.

October 28, 2013: Afghanistan Perils and Possibilities

On October 28, 2013, Justin Podur gave a lecture for the Toronto Public Library's "Thought Exchange" series titled "Afghanistan: Perils and Possibilities". The lecture was based on his trip to Kabul in March 2013 and his chapter in the 2013 University of Toronto Press book, "Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan". Before the lecture, Podur screened his short documentary, "Waiting for 2014 in Afghanistan", which he refers to at the beginning of the lecture.

July 25, 2013: The future of India's conflict zones: a lecture

The world's largest democracy currently has several zones under some kind of low-intensity, protracted conflict. What is behind these seemingly intractable problems? Who is benefiting from them, how might they be solved, and how might friends of India help? Justin Podur spent January-April 2013 based in Delhi, from where he visited Kabul, Srinagar, and Chhattisgarh, studying the conflicts of the region. On July 25, 2013, at Hart House, at the University of Toronto, Podur presented some background notes and observations on the indigenous (adivasi) struggle in Central India and the Kashmir conflict.

November 13, 2012: Haiti's New Dictatorship Montreal Book Launch

Justin Podur, author of Haiti's New Dictatorship (Pluto Press 2012, BTL Books and Palgrave-Macmillan co-publishers) discusses Haiti and the book at Concordia University in Montreal on November 13, 2012

September 28-30, 2012: Nature, Capital, and Commodification: Ecology and the Capital as Power Framework

At the 2012 forum on Capital as Power: Environmental and ecological economics offer the critique that mainstream economics fails to understand that economic activity takes place in a natural envelope and within ecological constraints -- human societies are based on the appropriation of biomass and energy from nature. Approaches to addressing this gap have included the valuation of natural capital or ecosystem services, the generation of carbon and other commodity markets, and programs like the World Bank's debt exchange. How do these approaches look when a political economy framework is applied? What happens to assessments of the value of natural capital when capital is understood as a mode of power? This paper explores some of these questions.


To convey some of the things I wanted to convey, I learned to write fiction and have published some political fiction.

Under the Mountain - A short story on India's occupation of Kashmir, August 28 2019

Siegebreakers: A novel - September 2019

International Politics

I have focused my politics research on how the world's poorest countries (Haiti, Afghanistan, the DRC) are governed, mostly by external powers. Despite the extraordinary diversity in these countries and their peoples, there are consistent patterns in the way international institutions treat them. See my books section for some publications on these matters, including the latest:

Podur, J. (2015). Critical Thinking for the Modern Muslim Woman Psychology Student: A Summer in Islamabad. Radical Teacher, 101, 32-39. doi:

Podur, J. (2014). A Short Course on Development in “Post-conflict” Congo. Radical Teacher, 98, 52-57. doi:10.5195/rt.2014.70

Landscape Ecology

Recent scientific research efforts have been in the area of applying spatial analysis methods to problems of wildlife conservation.

Up to now, my scientific research has focused on modeling Forest Fires in Canada. I am a graduate of, and affiliated with, the University of Toronto's Forest Fire Management Systems Laboratory. We collaborate with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and the Canadian Forest Service (CFS).

Recent Research:

*Podur, Justin J., Wotton, B.M. (2011). "Defining fire spread event days for fire growth modeling." International Journal of Wildland Fire 20(4) 497-507

* Podur, Justin J., Wotton, B.M. (2010). "Will climate change overwhelm fire management capacity?" Ecological Modeling 221 (2010): 1301-1309.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., Stanford, David A. (2010). “A compound Poisson model for the annual area burned by forest fires in the province of Ontario”. Environmetrics 21 (5): 457-469, August 2010.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L. (2009). “The influence of weather and fuel type on the fuel composition of the area burned by forest fires in Ontario 1996-2006”. Ecological Applications 19 (5): 1246-1252.

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L. (2007). “A simulation model of the growth and suppression of large forest fires in Ontario.” International Journal of Wildland Fire 16, 285-294.

* Hirsch, Kelvin G., Podur, Justin J., Janser, Robert F., and McAlpine, Robert S. (2003). “Productivity of Initial Attack Fire Crews: Results of an Expert Judgement Elicitation Study.” Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34 (3) pp. 705-716. Citations: 7

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., and Csillag, Ferenc (2003) “Spatial Patterns of Lightning Caused Forest Fires in Ontario, 1976-1998”. Ecological Modeling 164 (2003) pp.1-20. Citations: 19

* Podur, Justin J., Martell, David L., and Knight, Keith (2002) “Statistical quality control analysis of forest fire activity in Canada”. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 32 (2) pp.195-205. Citations: 28