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Mark CJ Stoddart

Memorial University of Newfoundland
Email: mstoddart [at] mun [period/dot] ca

Mark Stoddart has worked in the sociology of climate change for over a decade, with diverse interests in media and communication, social movements, policy networks, tourism, and oil and energy. He is co-lead of the Canadian team of COMPON (COMParing climate change POlicy Networks). He is co-author of the recent book, Industrial Development and Eco-Tourisms: Can Oil Extraction and Nature Conservation Co-Exist? (Palgrave Macmillan). Through a comparative approach to the North Atlantic region (Denmark, Iceland, Newfoundland & Labrador, Norway, and Scotland), this book examines how coastal societies navigate different development pathways and may forge more sustainable social-ecological futures in the context of climate change.

Mark CJ Stoddart’s Website.


Stoddart MCJ, Ramos H, Foster K, Ylä-Anttila T. 2021. “Competing Crises? Media Coverage and Framing of Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Environmental Communication. August 25, 2021:1-17.

Howe AC, Tindall DB, Stoddart MCJ. 2021. “Drivers of tie formation in the Canadian climate change policy network: Belief homophily and social structural processes,” Social Networks. July 9, 2021.

Kukkonen, Anna, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Tuomas Ylä-Anttila. 2021Actors and Justifications in Media Debates on Arctic Climate Change in Finland and Canada: A Network Approach.” Acta Sociologica 64(1): 103-117.

Yang, Yixi, and Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2021. “Climate Change Communication Networks on Weibo: Public Engagement in Authoritarian Environmentalism in China.” Politics and Governance 9(2): 146-158.

Howe, Adam C., Mark C.J. Stoddart, and David B. Tindall. 2020. “Media Coverage and Perceived Policy Influence of Environmental Actors: Good Strategy or Pyrrhic Victory?” Politics and Governance 8(2): 298-310.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and B. Quinn Burt. 2020. “Energy Justice and Offshore Oil: Weighing Environmental Risk and Privilege in the North Atlantic.” Environmental Sociology 6(4): 390-402.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Alice Mattoni, and John McLevey. 2020. “Industrial Development and Eco-Tourisms: Can Oil Extraction and Nature Conservation Co-Exist?” Palgrave Macmillan.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Patrick McCurdy, Natalie Slawinski, and Cory G. Collins. 2020. “Envisioning Social Futures in the North Atlantic Oil Industry: Avoidance, Persistence, and Transformation as responses to Climate Change.” Energy Research & Social Science 69: 101662.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., John McLevey, Vanessa Schweizer, and Catherine Wong. 2020. “Climate Change and Energy Futures – Theoretical Frameworks, Epistemological Issues, and Methodological Perspectives.” Society & Natural Resources 33(11): 1331-1338.

Tindall, David B., Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Adam Howe. 2020. “Social Networks and Climate Change Policy Preferences: Structural Location and Policy Actor Support for Fossil Fuel Production.” Society & Natural Resources 33(11): 1359-1379.

Kukkonen, Anna, Tuomas Ylä-Antilla, Pradip Swarnakar, Jeffrey Broadbent, Myanna Lahsen, and Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2018. “International Organizations, Advocacy Coalitions, and Domestication of Global Norms: Debates on Climate Change in Canada, the US, Brazil, and India.” Environmental Science and Policy 81: 54-62.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Paula Graham. 2018. “Offshore Oil, Environmental Movements and the Oil-Tourism Interface: The Old Harry Conflict on Canada’s East Coast.” Sociological Inquiry 88(2): 274-296.

Ylä-Antilla, Tuomas, Antti Gronow, Mark C.J. Stoddart, Jeffrey Broadbent, Volker Schneider, and David B. Tindall. 2018. “Climate Change Policy Networks: Why and How to Compare Them Across Countries?” Energy Research and Social Science 45: 258-265.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., David B. Tindall, Jillian Smith, and Randolph Haluza-DeLay. 2017. “Media Access and Political Efficacy in the Eco-politics of Climate Change: Canadian National News and Mediated Policy Networks.” Environmental Communication 11(3): 386-400.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, and David B. Tindall. 2017. “Media, Politics, and Climate Change: The ASA Task Force Report and Beyond.” Environmental Sociology 3(4): 309-320.

Broadbent, Jeffrey, John Sonnett, Iosif Botetzagias, Marcus Carson, Anabela Carvalho, Yu-Ju Chien, Christofer Edling, Dana Fisher, Georgios Giouzepas, Randolph Haluza-Delay, Koichi Hasegawa, Christian Hirschi, Ana Horta, Jun Jin, Dowan Ku, Myanna Lahsen, Ho-Ching Lee, Tze-Luen Alan Lin, Thomas Malang, Jana Ollmann, Diane Payne, Sony Pellissery, Stephan Price, Simone Pulver, Jaime Sainz, Keiichi Satoh, Clare Sanders, Luisa Schmidt, Mark CJ Stoddart, Pradip Swarnakar, Tomoyuki Tatsumi, David Tindall, Philip Vaughter, Paul Wagner, Sun-Jin Yun, and Sun Zhengyi. 2016. ʺConflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse.ʺ Socius 2: 1-17.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Randolph Haluza-DeLay, and David B. Tindall. 2016. “Canadian News Media Coverage of Climate Change: Historical Trajectories, Dominant Frames and International Comparisons.” Society & Natural Resources 29(2): 218-232.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Jillian Smith. 2016. “The Endangered Arctic, the Arctic as Resource Frontier: News Media Narratives of Climate Change and the North.” Canadian Review of Sociology 53(3): 316-336.

Finnis, Joel, Atanu Sarkar, and Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2015. “Bridging Science and Community Knowledge? The Complicating Role of Natural Variability in Perceptions of Climate Change.” Global Environmental Change 32: 1-10.

Sodero, Stephanie, and Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2015. “A Topology of Diversion: Legitimating Discourses of Oil Extraction, Tourism Attraction, and Climate Action.” Environmental Sociology 1(1): 59-68.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. and David B. Tindall. 2015. “Canadian News Media and the Cultural Dynamics of Multilevel Climate Governance.” Environmental Politics 24(3): 401-422.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., David B. Tindall, and Kelly L. Greenfield. 2012. “‘Governments have the Power’? Interpretations of Climate Change Responsibility and Solutions among Canadian Environmentalists.” Organization and Environment 25(1): 39-58.

Media Coverage

Interviewed on tourism and sustainability, “The EcoCentric,” Kootenay Coop Radio, Nelson, BC; February 16, 2021.

Interviewed and research featured in Andrew Robinson, “How Newfoundland and Labrador compares to North Atlantic Countries in Balancing Interests of Energy, Eco-Tourism Sectors,” The Telegram, St. John’s, NL, October 23, 2020.

Interviewed on Black Friday and Climate Change. “St. John’s Morning Show,” CBC radio, St. John’s, NL, November 29, 2019.

Research on oil development and social movements profiled in Marjeta Kralj, , “Dr. Mark C. J. Stoddart, Profesor Sociologije: Naftni Konflikti so Nekoliko Drugačni od Drugih Sporov o Izkoriščanju Naravnih VirovDnevnik (Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 7, 2018.

Research on oil development and social movements profiled in Borut Tavčar, “Vrednost Narave Lahko Prepreči Črpanje NafteDelo, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 22, 2018.

Tindall, David, Joanna Robinson, and Mark CJ Stoddart. “Lessons from Clayoquot Sound for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Protests,” The Conversation, August 27, 2018. Note: Versions of this story appeared in the National Post and the Tyee.

Ramos, Howard, Mark Stoddart, and Catherine Potvin, “Canada needs to Rethink Energy,” The Toronto Star, April 22, 2016.