Ben Parfitt is a long-time researcher and writer, specializing in natural resource management issues. He has written numerous award-winning investigative feature articles for magazines, and is the author of two books on forest and land-use issues—Forestopia: A Pracitical Guide to the New Forest Economy (co-authored with Michael M’Gonigle) and Forest Follies: Adventures and Misadventures in the Great Canadian Forest. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed reports on forest management and water and energy issues in his capacity as a resource policy analyst with the B.C. office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). He currently devotes much of his working time to the water-energy nexus as part of a joint research initiative between the CCPA and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. He is frequently called on to provide commentary to media outlets, briefings to government agencies, and lectures and public talks on environmental and resource management topics.