David Anthony Carten

Associate faculty

Environment & Sustainability
Leadership Studies
Humanitarian Studies

Environmental conflict management

Indigenous rights and policy

Technology and energy development

David is a scholar-practitioner of environmental conflict management. His work is at the nexus culture, risk and the environment, where he designs strategies, structures and financial instruments that will uphold and align Indigenous rights and interests with project objectives and goals, while creating sustainable, generational wealth for communities. 

David also works in the development of socially sophisticated, technology driven processes in conflict prevention and that enable collaboration across and between stakeholders for major projects seeking to operate within the territories of Indigenous nations.


A social entrepreneur, David has led companies from start-up to multinational, in the clean technology and renewable energy infrastructure development industries. He founded one of Canada’s first renewable energy companies and for more than 25 years has collaborated with some of the world’s most innovative and significant companies in these spaces. 

Through this work, he has originated, negotiated and managed partnerships with and between governments, corporations, institutions and communities, across Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and North America. David is also multi-lingual, possessing native fluency in English, Spanish and French.

Memberships and Committees
  • International Association of Conflict Management (IACM)


International Program on Indigenous Peoples' Rights and Policy

Columbia University in the City of New York

Master of Science in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Columbia University in the City of New York

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in International Development Studies

Dalhousie University


Research interest

Social – ecological systems

Collaborative governance regimes

Technology & conflict prevention