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Nathan Lemphers

University of Ottawa
Email nlempher [at] uottawa [period/dot] ca

Nathan Lemphers is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. His research focusses on the power and politics that hinder and hasten the necessary transition towards a decarbonized and more just society. His book project examines the contested politics of climate change in three petro-states: Australia, Canada, and Norway. It argues the need for a strong and democratic state to disrupt entrenched status-quo interests in order to swiftly implement a Green New Deal.

Nathan Lemphers’s website.


Nathan Lemphers. 2019. “Rolling the Snowball: Norway’s efforts to electrify transportation,” EGL Working Paper, Environmental Governance Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto (2019).

Nathan Lemphers. 2019. “Strengthening Canada’s Governance Foundation for Decarbonization,” Smart Prosperity Institute Working Paper, Smart Prosperity Institute, University of Ottawa (November 2019).

Nathan Lemphers, Steven Bernstein, & Matthew Hoffmann. 2018. “The Global Subsidies Initiative: Catalytic Actors and the Politics of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform.” In Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Their Reform: The Politics of a Global Problem, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (August 2018).

Clare Demerse & Nathan Lemphers. 2016. “The Environmental Movement in Canada: Current challenges.” In Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics, 4th edition, Don Mills: Oxford University Press (2016).

Media Coverage

Look Before You Leap: Three Governance Challenges for Taxpayer-Funded Cleanup of Oil and Gas Wells,” Daniel Raimi & Nathan Lemphers, Resources, September 9, 2020.

It’s well past time to modernize Alberta’s oil and gas rules,” Nathan Lemphers & Martin Olsyznski, Calgary Herald, July 24, 2020.

Canada’s recovery needs experimentalist governance and flexible regulations,” Nathan Lemphers & David Wolfe, Smart Prosperity Institute, July 7, 2020.

Nathan Lemphers quoted on COVID affecting electric and autonomous vehicle policy by Luke Sarabia. With a “radically changed” policy environment for electric and autonomous vehicles, what form should post-COVID stimulus take? Electric Autonomy Canada, April 22, 2020.

Four reasons why cheap gas prices will not stall the electric vehicle market, Nathan Lemphers, Smart Prosperity Institute, March 17, 2020.

Nathan Lemphers featured in news clip. CTV News Channel: Interview on Wet’suwet’en opposition to the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline,” CTV News, February 12, 2020.

Nathan Lemphers quoted on emissions goals of fossil fuel companies by Carl Meyer. Oilsands giant Cenovus commits to limiting carbon pollution — just not from its own product,” National Observer, January 9, 2020.