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Erick Lachapelle

University of Montreal
Email: erick.lachapelle [at] umontreal [period/dot] ca

Erick Lachapelle is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Montreal. He is the principal investigator for the Canadian Surveys on Energy and the Environment (CSEE). Broadly focused on the social and political responses to complex policy problems like climate change, his work examines the politics of risk and risk communication with an emphasis on the politics of environmental issues, attitudes, and behavior. This includes analysis of psychological, cultural, spatial and political factors that shape public opinion and policy using surveys, experiments, models, and GIS among other methods.

Erick Lachapelle’s website.


Gunterman, Eric et Erick Lachapelle. 2020. “Canadian Parties Matter More than You Think: Party and Leader Ratings Moderate Party Cue Effects.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 53, 839-852.

Morin-Chassé, Alexandre et Erick Lachapelle. 2020. “Partisan strength and the politicization of global climate change: a re-examination of Schuldt, Rob, and Schwarz 2015” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 10: 31-40.

Kiss, Simon, Éric Montpetit &. Erick Lachapelle. 2020. “Beyond Regions and Ideology: Using Cultural Theory to Examine Risk Perceptions in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 53(2): 439-460.

Lachapelle, Erick et Simon Kiss. 2019. “Opposition to carbon pricing and right-wing populism: The case of Ontario’s 2018 General Election.” Environmental Politics, 28(5): 970-976.

Lachapelle, Erick, Simon Kiss & Éric Montpetit. 2018. “Public Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) in Canada: Economic Nationalism, Issue Familiarity, and Cultural Bias.” Extractive Industries and Society, 5: 634 – 647.

Lachapelle, Erick. 2017. “Communicating about Carbon Taxes and Emissions Trading Programs.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication

Mildenberger, Matto, Peter Howe, Erick Lachapelle, Leah Stokes, Jennifer Marlon and Timothy Gravelle. 2016. “The Distribution of Climate Change Public Opinion in Canada” PLoS ONE 11(8): 1-14.

Gravelle, Timothy B. and Erick Lachapelle. 2015. “Politics, Proximity and the Pipeline: Mapping Public Attitudes toward Keystone XL” Energy Policy 83: 99-108.

Lachapelle, Erick, Eric Montpetit and Jean-Philippe Gauvin. 2014. “Public Perceptions of Expert Credibility on Policy Issues: The Role of Expert Framing and Political Worldviews.” Policy Studies Journal, 42 (4): 674-697.

Lachapelle, Erick and Matthew Paterson. 2013. “Drivers of National Climate Policy.” Climate Policy. 13(5): 547-571.

Lachapelle, Erick Christopher P. Borick and Barry Rabe. 2012. “Public Attitudes toward Climate Science and Climate Policy in Federal Systems: Canada and the United States Compared.” Review of Policy Research. 29(3): 334-57.

Media Coverage

Erick Lachapelle’s research on climate denial discussed by Beatrice Paez, “Conservatives face tougher political terrain in push to convince voters party can delivr on climate action, say experts,” The Hill Times, 26 March 2021.

Erick Lachapelle’s research on climate denial and climate voting discussed by Alastair Sharp, “Why would Australians vote for climate deniers,” The National Observer, 10 January 2021.

Erick Lachapelle’s research on the spatial distribution of climate attitudes in Canada discussed by Kerri Breen, “New map shows which parts of Canada lag on believing in climate change.” Global News, 24 November 2019.

Erick Lachapelle’s research on the salience of climate change for voters discussed by Michelle Lalonde, “Climate crisis as election catalyst: Will it change votes in Quebec?” Montreal Gazette, 30 September 2019.

Erick Lachapelle’s research on Canadians’ feeling the effects of climate change discussed by Kate McKenna, “Going into election rural Quebecers say they’re feeling the effects of climate change,” CBC News.