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Laurie E Adkin

University of Alberta

Based in

North America

Laurie Adkin has been studying social movements and the political economy of environmental conflicts since the 1980s. For many years, she has been working to integrate an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the study of ecological crisis (i.e., political ecology) into the discipline of political science and the field of Canadian environmental studies. In addition to her work on climate policy and the forces obstructing green transition, she teaches in several areas of comparative politics, including the populist far-right in Europe and the political economy of Alberta.

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First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. [Editor and contributor]

Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2009. [Editor and contributor]

The Politics of Sustainable Development: Citizens, Unions, and the Corporations. Montreal; New York; London, U.K.: Black Rose Books, 1998. [Sole Author]

Major Research Reports

Knowledge for an Ecologically Sustainable Future? Innovation Policy and Alberta Universities. Edmonton, AB: Corporate Mapping Project and Parkland Institute, June 24, 2020. With Laura Cabral.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

Petro-Universities and the Production of Knowledge for a Post-Carbon Future,” in William K. Carroll, ed. Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy. Athabasca University Press, forthcoming (2021).

Technology innovation as a response to climate change: The case of the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation of Alberta.” Review of Policy Research vol. 36, no. 5 (2019). E-published July 5, 2019.

Crossroads in Alberta: Climate Capitalism or Ecological Democracy.” Socialist Studies vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2017), 2-31.

Can public engagement democratize environmental policymaking in a resource-dependent state? Comparative case studies from Alberta, Canada,” co-authored with Lorelei L. Hanson, David Kahane, John R. Parkins & Steve Patten. Environmental Politics vol. 26, no. 2 (2017). Published online: 27 Oct 2016.

Political Ecology and Counter-hegemonic Politics,” in William K. Carroll and Kanchan Sarker, eds. A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-hegemony, 93-110. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Press, 2016.