Historian, Professor, Sustainability Advocate

Jeremy L. CaradonnaPhD

"Fortes fortuna adiuvat"

"Fluctuat nec 

"In vino veritas" 



I hold a PhD in History and teach Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. My interests include the history of sustainability, sustainable food systems, and the green economy. In addition to my work in academia, I am the former CEO of an organic food company. I am married with two kids and enjoy soccer, playing music, cooking, gardening, and fermenting foods. In Victoria, I volunteer at a public food forest, on my local biodiesel co-op, and serve on the garden committee of my kids' school. 

My research & CV

In broad terms, my research deals with the relationship between human beings and the natural world. What do people think about the environment and how has history shaped these views? Where did sustainability come from and where is it going? How can we learn from the past -- and past mistakes -- to create a sustainable food system that benefits ecosystems, human health, and the climate? My research draws on history, cultural studies, anthropology, agriculture and agroecology, business, and more, and seeks to provide practical knowledge for the wider public. My current work is on organic food systems, and I will be lead-authoring a new transition handbook for farmers looking to switch from conventional to organic (diversified vegetable) farming in Canada. 

Buy a book! 

My latest book is called Sustainability: A History (OUP, 2014/2016) and covers the history of sustainability from 1700 to the present. It is available on amazon.com and in national bookstores.


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Shop for Sustainability: A History at Amazon, Chapters Indigo, Barnes and Noble, and Audible.com. 

An edited excerpt of the book ran on theatlantic.com. Click here to read it.

The Boston Globe ran a Q&A on the book and its author. Read it here

NEWS: Sustainability: A History appeared as a paperback edition in 2016, with some updates and revisions. The Spanish translation will also appear in 2017. 

Other News: Jeremy is a contributor to a recently published volume (2017) called History of the Future of Economic Growth. Buy it via Routledge or Amazon!

Speaking Engagements: Jeremy regularly gives public lectures, workshops, and seminars on sustainability efforts, the history of environmental thought, and green business. For information on speaking engagements, please contact Jeremy at [email protected] 

Watch Sustainability: A History come to life in this short video presentation!