Laurie Adkin, PhD, MA, BA Hons

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept
Email
ladkin@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0958
Address
12-27 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

political ecology Alberta Canada; European politics


About

Laurie Adkin grew up in Ontario and Saskatchewan, completed graduate studies in Ontario, and held a post-doctoral position in France before coming to Alberta in 1991. 

 She received her doctorate in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her first field of specialization (through her BA Hons., MA, and Ph.D. programs) was the Comparative Politics of Developing Societies, with area studies including Latin America and East Africa. Her second field was the Comparative Politics of Industrialized Societies, with area specializations in British and Italian politics. At the doctoral level she made a research shift to the study of social movements in the context of the advanced capitalist societies of Europe and North America. By tutoring in the Women’s Studies Program at Queen’s University, and through various research project choices, she also studied feminist theory.

 From January 1990 to June 1991 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherches en Sciences Sociales de Travail, Université de Paris XI, Paris, France. In 1991 she was hired at the University of Alberta, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts. From January to May 1998, she was a Visiting Professor at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Her research in France has studied the relations between the labour movement and the anti-nuclear movement as well as the relationship of the French Green Party (Les Verts) with social movements. 

 Dr. Adkin currently teaches primarily in the fields of Comparative Politics (European politics, social movements, populist far right parties) and Canadian Politics (political ecology of Alberta; political economy of climate change policy and public consultations in Alberta and Canada). She has also taught feminist theory (a course cross-listed with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies) and regularly offers a course on Political Ecology that is part of the requirements for the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies BA program. (This program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.)  She is a strong supporter of interdisciplinary studies and research.

 Dr. Adkin’s areas of research include political ecology, climate change policy, and democratic theory. However, she has also published work on social movement theory, ecology and political economy, and comparative family policy. Recent research has focused on the implications of federal and provincial “innovation” priorities for knowledge production and the transition to a post-carbon economy.



Research

Dr. Adkin's current areas of research include political ecology, Canadian climate change policy, and democratic theory. However, she has also published work on social movement theory, the integration of ecological thought into Canadian political economy, and comparative family policy. Recent research has focused on the implications of federal and provincial “innovation” priorities for knowledge production and the transition to a post-carbon economy.

2015- 2021 Core member of the Mapping Corporate Power (SSHRC Partnership Grant) project, based at the University of Victoria, BC, and involving scholars from multiple universities and four policy think-tanks.

Other collaborations:

RePublicU (Critical University Studies) (2015-2016)

Citizen and Stakeholder Roles in Public Consultations (2011-2014)

Alberta Climate Dialogue (2010-2014)

FOR A LIST OF PUBLICATIONS PLEASE REFER TO THE CV


Teaching

Current teaching roster

Pol S 235 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Pol S 333 Ecology and Politics

Pol S 429 Government and Politics of Alberta

Pol S 486 Issues in European Politics: The Populist Far Right 

Pol S 600 Ph.D. Seminar on Comparative Politics: Methods and Theories (co-instructor)



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Courses

POL S 333 - Ecology and Politics

This course examines different approaches to understanding the links between politics, society and ecology. Prerequisites: One of POL S 235 (or 230 or 240) or Department consent.

Fall Term 2020
POL S 486 - Topics in European Politics

Current debates in Europe, including the emergence of new radical right parties, green parties and movements, market liberalization and political change in Eastern and Central Europe, and the resurgence of nationalist discourses. A variable content course, which may be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One of POL S 235 (or 230) or Department consent.

Fall Term 2020
POL S 580 - European Politics

Fall Term 2020

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Climate Change Policy in Alberta

This work examines a range of drivers of Alberta’s “climate change” policy since the 1990s, including: government-initiated public consultations and public opinion, international climate change negotiations and agreements, policy and political developments in the United States, policy and political developments at the federal level in Canada, political-economic developments in Alberta, corporate, environmental, indigenous organizations’ campaigning/influence, and climate science. The findings are that climate change policy in Alberta has been principally an adjunct to the government’s prioritization of energy sector development, and that its formation has been driven by developments and pressures that are external to the province. Selected research products include:

  • Adkin, Laurie E. “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). Epublished July 5, 2019. 
  • “Resources and Directions for Green Transition in Alberta,” presentation to the Financial Management Institute, Edmonton, 5 October 2018. 
  • “Climate Change and Energy Policy in Alberta,” presentation to the Symposium on Public Policy in Alberta, University of Alberta, Edmonton, July 10, 2017.
  • Adkin, Laurie E. “Crossroads in Alberta: Climate Capitalism or Ecological Democracy.” Socialist Studies vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2017), 2-31.
  • Adkin, Laurie E., Lori Hanson, David Kahane, John Parkins, and Steve Patten, “Can public engagement democratize environmental policymaking in a resource-dependent state? Comparative case studies from Alberta, Canada,” Environmental Politics vol. 26, no. 2 (2017). Published online: 27 Oct 2016.
  • "Making Climate Change Policy in Alberta,” paper presented to the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) annual conference, Political Economy section, Brock University, May 29, 2014.
  • "Comparing the 2002 and 2007 climate change consultations in Alberta,” paper presented to the Canadian Political Science Association Conference, University of Alberta, June 2012.

Research - Ecology, Democracy, Citizenship

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]


Research - Political Ecology of Knowledge Production

This five-year study, which received some SSHRC funding, has so far produced

  • a major report published by the Parkland Institute (University of Alberta) and the Corporate Mapping Project (June 2020)
  • a chapter in the edited book, Regime of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy. Athabasca University Press, December 2020.
  • keynote speech at the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) Conference, Saskatoon, May 11, 2019
  • research presentation to the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, November 28, 2019
  • paper presented at Canadian Political Science Association conference, Political Economy section, Calgary, June 1, 2016