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Matt Hoffmann

University of Toronto
Email matt.hoffmann [at] utoronto [period/dot] ca

Matt Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also co-editor of the journal Global Environmental Politics. His research on climate change and environmental politics has been published in 4 books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. Professor Hoffmann is also the chair of the board of directors for the environmental NGO, Green Economy Canada.

Matthew Hoffmann’s website.


Heather Millar, Eve Bourgeois, Steven Bernstein, & Matthew Hoffmann. 2020. “Self-reinforcing and self-undermining feedbacks in subnational climate policy implementation,”

Environmental Politics (October 2020).

Sara Hughes & Matthew Hoffmann. 2020. “Just urban transitions: Toward a research agenda,”

WIREs Climate Change Change (February 2020).

Steven Bernstein & Matthew Hoffmann. 2019. “Climate politics, metaphors and the fractal carbon trap,”

Nature Climate Change (December 2019).

Steven Bernstein & Matthew Hoffmann. 2018. “The Politics of Decarbonization and the Catalytic Impact of Subnational Climate Experiments,”

Policy Sciences (June 2018).

James Patterson et al. 2018. “Political feasibility of 1.5°C societal transformations: the role of social justice,”

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (April 2018).

Hamish van der Ven, Steven Bernstein, & Matthew Hoffmann. 2017. “Valuing the Contributions of Non-State and Subnational Actors to Climate Governance,”

Global Environmental Politics (February 2017).

Matthew Hoffmann. 2016. “The Analytic Utility (and Practical Pitfalls) of Accountability,”

Global Environmental Politics (May 2016).

Matthew Paterson, Matthew Hoffmann, Michele Betsill, & Steven Bernstein. 2014. “The Micro foundations of Policy Diffusion towards Complex Global Governance: An Analysis of the Transnational Carbon Emission Trading Network,

Comparative Political Studies (2014).

Harriet Bulkeley et al. 2014. “Transnational Climate Change Governance,”

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (August 2014).

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2011. “Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response After Kyoto,”

New York: Oxford University Press (May 2011).

Matthew J. Hoffmann. 2007. “Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response,”

Albany: State University of New York Press (December 2007).

Media Coverage

Don’t forget 98% of the Canadian Economy (again) in the Green Recovery,” Michaela Pedersen-Macnab & Matthew Hoffmann, Smart Prosperity Institute, October 7, 2020.

COVID-19 Recovery is a Chance to Build a Greener, More Inclusive Society,” Matthew Hoffmann, Christina Hoicka, Alison Kemper, & Cheryl Teelucksingh, First Policy Response, June 1, 2020.

Why Action on Climate Change Gets Stuck and What to do About It,” Matthew Hoffmann & Steven Bernstein, The Conversation Canada, January 16, 2020.

Using Language to Make Fossil Fuels Strange and Ugly,” Matthew Hoffmann, The Conversation Canada, July 18, 2019.

So it’s all just too late, right? Studying Climate Politics in a Time of Despair,” Kate Neville & Matthew Hoffmann, Duck of Minerva, December 11, 2018.

Any common ground on Canada’s pipeline problem? Matthew Hoffmann, Open Canada, June 1, 2018.

Dealing with Climate Change Means Transforming Society,” Matthew Hoffmann, Toronto Star, September 5, 2017.

Hurricane Harvey is a disaster. It is also political — here’s why,” Matthew Hoffmann, Open Canada, August 28, 2017.

Matthew Hoffmann’s comments on US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement featured by Josh Busby.Duck Forum on the Paris Withdrawal,” Duck of Minerva, June 1, 2017.

On climate change, the U.S. had ‘already jumped ship,’” Matthew Hoffmann & Eva Salinas, Open Canada, May 31, 2017.

Why it might be best if Trump Quit the Paris Climate Deal,” Matthew Hoffmann, The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2017.

Should we try to convince Trump to Stay in the Paris Agreement? Matthew Hoffmann, Duck of Minerva, May 7, 2017.

Fighting for Sustainability in a Post (national) Regulation Era,” Matthew Hoffmann, Duck of Minerva, March 16, 2017.

How to shape a ‘just’ future for both proponents and critics of Canada’s pipelines,” Matthew Hoffmann, Open Canada, December 19, 2016.

The Paris Paradox,” Matthew Hoffmann, The Globe and Mail, November 30, 2015.

The Challenge of Climate Change,” Graeme Auld, Steven Bernstein, Matthew Hoffmann, & Matthew Paterson, Policy Options, September 9, 2015.

The Real Reason Obama’s Climate Policy Could Change the Game,” Matthew Hoffmann & Steven Bernstein, The Globe and Mail, June 5, 2014.

Progress on Climate Change Will Be Led from the Bottom, Not the UN,” Matthew Hoffmann, The Globe and Mail, November 15, 2013.