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Emily Eaton

University of Regina

Based in

North America

Emily Eaton is a full professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina, Canada. She studies the oil industry’s influence on rural institutions and culture in oil-producing municipalities and pathways to energy transition that prioritize equity-deserving communities and rectify Canada’s unjust relationship with Indigenous Nations. She is a white settler doing community based research.

Country(ies) of Specialty


Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Fossil fuels Social movements

How to Connect



Alook, Angele, Eaton, Emily, Gray-Donald, David, Laforest, Joel, Lameman, Crystal and Bronwen Tucker. (2023). The End of This World: Climate Justice in So-Called Canada. Toronto: Between the Lines.

Brooks, Darin, Angela Carter, Emily Eaton, Eric Pineault, J.P. Sapinski. (2023). Mapping Fossil Fuel Lock-In and Contestation in Eastern Canada. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: 1-32.

Eaton, Emily and Simon
Enoch. (2022). Implementing Equity: A Renewable Regina that Works for Everyone. Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy alternatives: 1-24.

Eaton, Emily and Simon Enoch. (2021). “Make
the Energy Sector Great Again”: Extractive Populism in Saskatchewan. In J.
Jaffe, P. Elliot and C. Sellers (Eds.), Divided: Populism, Polarization and Power in the New Saskatchewan. Nova Scotia: Fernwood.

Olive, Andrea, Besco, Randy and Emily Eaton. (2021). Public Opinion & Energy Politics in Saskatchewan and North Dakota. The Extractive Industries and Society 8(2): 1-10.

Eaton, Emily. (October 26, 2021). How Canada Can Leave 83 per cent of its Oil in the Ground and Build Strong New Economies. The Conversation Canada.

Eaton, Emily, Stevens, Andrew and Sean Tucker. (2021). Canadian Refinery Workers Face an Unjust Transition. Energy Humanities.

Emily Eaton. 2021. “Approaches to energy transitions: Carbon pricing, managed decline, and/or green new deal? Geography Compass (2021).

Emily Eaton & Simon Enoch. 2020. “The Oil Industry is Us: Hegemonic Community Economic Identity in Saskatchewan’s Oil Patch.” In Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy, Edmonton: University of Athabasca Press (2020).

Emily Eaton & Simon Enoch. 2020. “Renewable Regina: Putting Equity into Action,”  Regina Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (September 2020).

Simon Enoch & Emily Eaton. 2019. “Crude Lessons: Fossil Fuel Industry Influence on Environmental Education in Saskatchewan,” Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (December 2019).

Emily Eaton & Nick Day. 2019. “Petro-Pedagogy: Fossil Fuel Interests and the Obstruction of Climate Justice in Public Education,” Environmental Education Research (September 2019).

Emily Eaton & Simon Enoch. 2018. “Oil’s Rural Reach: Social License in Saskatchewan’s Oil-Producing Communities,” Canadian Journal of Communication (2018).

Simon Enoch & Emily Eaton. 2018. “A Prairie Patchwork: Reliance on Oil Industry Philanthropy in Saskatchewan Boom Towns,” Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (May 2018).

Andrea Olive, Emily Eaton, & Randy Besco. 2018. “Winds of Change: Saskatchewan’s Attitudes on Energy, Environment and Oil,” Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (April 2018).

Emily Eaton. 2017. “Climate Politics in the Patch: Engaging Saskatchewan’s Oil Producing Communities on Climate Change Issues,” Regina: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (October 2017).

Emily Eaton & Simon Enoch. 2017. “Petro-Partners: Energy and Education in Saskatchewan’s Rural Oil Communities,Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor (March 2017).

Emily Eaton. 2016. “Capturing Carbon for Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Climate Change Strategy?” In Environmental Change and Challenge: A Canadian Perspective, Fifth Edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press (2016).

Emily Eaton. 2016. “Oil, Democracy and Political Ecology in Alberta’s Tar Sands,” Journal of Canadian Studies (Fall 2016).

Angela Carter & Emily Eaton. 2016. “Saskatchewan’s ‘Wild West’ Approach to Fracking,” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor (September 2016).

Angela V. Carter & Emily Eaton. 2016. “Subnational Responses to Fracking in Canada: Explaining Saskatchewan’s ‘Wild West’ Regulatory Approach,” Review of Policy Research (July 2016).

Emily Eaton & Abby Kinchy. 2016. “Quiet Voices in the Fracking Debate: Comparing Rural Landowners’ Experiences and Grievances in Two Extractive Communities,” Energy Research and Social Sciences (June 2016).