Fred Gale (BA, MA, PhD) is Senior Lecturer in the School of Government, University of Tasmania. His research focuses on global and national environmental governance systems with a particular emphasis on the political economy of forestry and wood products. Projects include investigations into the structure and operation of forest and fisheries certification systems in developed and developing countries and the ecological political economy of consumption and production relations. Recent books include Global Commodity Governance: State Responses to Sustainable Forest and Fisheries Certification (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), Pulp Friction: A Review of the Environmental Assessment of Gunns’ Proposed Pulp Mill (Pencil Pine Press 2011), and Setting the Standard: Certification, Governance, and the Forest Stewardship Council (University of British Columbia Press 2008).
This book documents the failure of Gunns Limited, a giant wood chip exporter, to build a massive pulp mill in Tasmania, Australia. A dramatic lesson in corporate social irresponsibility, the book highlights how government-industry collusion led to serious deficiencies in the environmental assessment process, which generated a massive and so far successful campaign against the mill.