Teresa Kramarz: Environmental Shocks and Responses – A Typology of Vulnerability Profiles

There is widespread recognition that environmental disasters disproportionately affect the poor in developing countries, yet certain kinds of violence also strip white, middle class communities in industrialized countries of vital resources to respond. Social vulnerability as a mutually constitutive relationship between distinct types of shocks and capacities to respond requires further research.  I explore how […]

by The Environmental Governance Lab March 26, 2021

Christopher Campbell-Duruflé: A Substance-Oriented Approach to State Accountability for Parties’ Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Changes

  Christopher Campbell-Duruflé, an SJD Candidate at the University of Toronto, presented his research assessing the accountability of the Paris Agreement, and how these interactions influence the treaty Parties. The research highlights three arguments: how greater clarity is needed regarding the notion of state accountability for treaty implementation actions, how a substance-oriented approach to assessing […]

by The Environmental Governance Lab March 5, 2021

Michaela Pederson-Macnab: The Pitfalls of Success – Scaling Pressures for Voluntary Carbon Registries

In cases where governments are unable or unwilling to engage the private sector to reduce their emissions, non-governmental actors have stepped in to fill this governance gap. While the global environmental governance literature has produced a breadth of studies focused explaining the emergence of these actors, we still know relatively little about the internal dynamics […]

by The Environmental Governance Lab February 12, 2021

Amy Janzwood: The Contentious Politics of Mega Oil Sands Pipeline Projects

Amy Janzwood, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, presented her research on the politics behind mega oil pipeline projects. She began by discussing how many actors have scrutinized the oil sands, especially social movement campaigns against pipelines. Her research outlines how these campaign coalitions influenced change […]

by The Environmental Governance Lab January 22, 2021

Kathryn Chelminski: Rebalancing the Established Institutional Order – The Rise of Global South Institutions in Driving Clean Energy Development

Kathryn Chelminski, an affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy discussed her research on the role of the Global South in driving clean energy developments. Her research aims to contribute to the energy and climate governance literature by expanding on the role of emerging donors and […]

by The Environmental Governance Lab December 4, 2020