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Simon Granovsky-Larsen

Associate Professor
PhD, York University (Political Science); MA, York University (Social and Political Thought); BA Hon., Dalhousie University (International Development and Spanish)

Office: CL 215
Phone: (306) 585-5679
Fax: (306) 585-4815

Current classes
Winter 2020 - IS 303 Social Movements and Alternative to Global Capital, IS 420 Advanced Topics in International Development

Research interests
Critical development studies, Latin American politics, Guatemala, Central America, social movements, political violence, post-conflict transitions, extractive industries. 

Dr. Simon Granovsky-Larsen is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina. With a background in Political Science, International Development, and Latin American Studies, Simon’s writing is interdisciplinary and has been focused on Guatemala, and on Central America more broadly. His research explores social movements and political violence across Central America during the period of regional democratic and neoliberal reform since the 1990s. Recent projects have looked at violence against land and environmental defenders; changes to paramilitary violence; the militarization of extractive industries, including the security practices of Canadian companies; and the role of social movements and agrarian conflicts in the Guatemalan peace process. His research has appeared in Latin American Perspectives, Journal of Peasant Studies, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, NACLA Report on the Americas; in various books; and in online and magazine publications including The Conversation, Canadian Dimension, Briarpatch, Upside Down World, and NACLA.

Simon released two books in 2019. Dealing with peace: The Guatemalan campesino movement and the post-conflict neoliberal state (University of Toronto Press) looks at how the Guatemalan campesino (peasant) social movement participated in the country’s peace process and neoliberal transition from the mid-1990s through the present day. Organized violence: Capitalist warfare in Latin America (University of Regina Press; co-edited with Dawn Paley) is an interdisciplinary collection of research on the relationship between capitalism and repressive violence in contemporary Latin America. In 2019, Simon began a new research project comparing the security practices of Canadian-owned extractive projects across four Central American countries.

Simon teaches courses in the International Studies program, with an emphasis on the Development Studies stream. He supervises honours theses and graduate work on a range of topics, including Latin American politics, social movements, extractive industries, peace processes, rural development, migration, and more.

Recent Publications


  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2019). Dealing with peace: The Guatemalan campesino movement and the post-conflict neoliberal state. University of Toronto Press.
  • Paley, D., & Granovsky-Larsen, S. (Eds.). (2019). Organized violence: Capitalist warfare in Latin America. University of Regina Press.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2007). La CICIACS: Defensores de derechos humanos y el estado de derecho en la posguerra (The CICIACS: Human rights defenders and the post-war rule of law). Guatemala: Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo and Oxfam-Novib.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. Unknown assailants: Parainstitutional violence and the assassination of rights defenders. Journal article under review.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S., & Santos, L. From the war on terror to a war on territory: Corporate counter-insurgency at extractive sites in Guatemala and the United States. Journal article in progress.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S., & Weisbart, C. Violent norms in the implementation of Tahoe Resources’ San Rafael mine. Book chapter accepted for publication.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. Institutionalized terror: Paramilitaries and the Guatemalan state. Book chapter accepted for publication.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S., & Paley, D. (2019). Organized violence and the expansion of capital. In Organized violence: Capitalist warfare in Latin America (pp. 1-20)University of Regina Press.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S., & Paley, D. (2019). Violence, expansion, resistance. In Organized violence: Capitalist warfare in Latin America (pp. 261-270)University of Regina Press.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2019). Tierra y la reconfiguración del poder en la Guatemala posconflicto. In C. Pastor (Ed.), Concentración económica y poder político en América Latina (pp. 249-276). CLACSO.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2018). In  Guatemala, security forces square off against social movements. NACLA Report on the Americas, 50(1), 15-18.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2017). The Guatemalan campesino movement and the post-conflict neoliberal state. Latin American Perspectives, 44(5): 53-73.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2017). Land reform and the reconfiguration of power in post-conflict Guatemala. In L. North & T. Clark (Eds.), Dominant elites in Latin America, from neo-liberalism to the ‘pink tide’ (pp. 181-204). Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2013). Between the bullet and the bank: Agrarian conflict and access to land in neoliberal Guatemala. Journal of Peasant Studies, 40(2), 325-350.

Online articles

  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2019). Guatemalan elections: Corruption, violence – and hope. The Conversation, June 25.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2018). Farmers in Guatemala are destroying dams to fight ‘dirty’ renewable energy. The Conversation, September 5.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2018). Terror in Guatemala.NACLA, June 21.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2017). Los defensores del agua guatemaltecos y la lucha por liberar sus ríos. Upside Down World, September 27.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2017). Guatemalan water protectors fight to free their rivers. Upside Down World, September 18.
  • Granovsky-Larsen, S. (2017). The Ottawa connection. Briarpatch, January 16.