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Clay Dasilva’s research centers on the concepts of green growth and degrowth in global environmental governance. His dissertation analyzes the debate between their respective proponents in the field of sustainable development, hypothesizing that socio-cognitive differences among them—particularly in political ideology and in ontology—underwrite their differing assessments over the possibility of green growth, and of what constitutes progress in environmental and economic spheres. His research and other academic interests are thus proactively transdisciplinary, spanning political-economy, ecosystem ecology, and the philosophy of science.

Clay holds an MA in Global Governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, and a BA from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours Double-major in Sociology and in Cultural Anthropology. He has done fieldwork in Madagascar on energy poverty, as well as statistical analysis for the Waterloo Region Green Solutions REEP House for Sustainable Living, a net-zero-energy home in Kitchener.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship (2014), Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • Balsillie Fellowship (2012 – 2013), Balsillie School of International Affairs
  • CIGI Junior Fellowship (2012 – 2013)


  • Dalby, Simon, Daniel Scott, Clay Dasilva, and Alexander Suen. 2017. “Canada in a Climate Disrupted World.” Social Science and Humanities Research Council. Ottawa, ON.
  • Dasilva, Clay. 2015. “Exergonic Innovations: The History of Britain’s Coal Exploitation”. Occasional Paper through the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation.
Environment and Resources
  • Master of Arts, Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, 2009

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