political ecology Alberta Canada; European politics
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.
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.
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
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)
Examines the concepts and approaches used to compare political issues across countries and regions. Not to be taken by students with credit in POL S 230 or 240. Prerequisite: POL S 101 or consent of Department.Winter Term 2022
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 2021
The study of selected aspects of Alberta government and politics. Topics may range from political institutions, through political parties, to areas of public policy. Prerequisite: One of POL S 224, 225 (or 220) or Department consent.Fall Term 2021
The interface between the political system, policy development, and implementation of public policy in Alberta.Fall Term 2021
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:
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]
This five-year study, which received some SSHRC funding, has so far produced: