Episode 11: Environmental Political Economy


What needs to change in order to truly tackle climate change? In this episode Dr. Laurie Adkin, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta, provides us with some answers by looking at the intersections of political, economic and environmental justice. From properly funding a public broadcasting system that is free from corporate power, to understanding the multifaceted reasons why there's so much resistance to greening the economy in places like Alberta, this episode will leave you with a lot to think about!


Dr. Laurie Adkin
Professor of political science, University of Alberta

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Ryan M. Katz-Rosene
Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa


Peter Andrée
Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University

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Dr. Laurie Adkin

Laurie Adkin is a professor of political science at the University of Alberta and a frequent contributor to public debate. As a comparativist and a political economist, her research and teaching areas have ranged broadly over the years, but are connected by commitments to advancing social justice, democratization, and solutions to global and local ecological crises. Since the early 2000s, she has worked to bring the theoretical framework of political ecology into the discipline of political science and the field of Canadian environmental studies. Adkin’s publications in the area of environmental politics include:  Politics of Sustainable Development: Citizens, Unions, and the Corporations (Black Rose Books, 1998); Environmental Conflict and Democracy in Canada (UBC Press, 2009), First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta (UToronto Press, 2016), and contributions to edited books and journals (most recently: Socialist Studies, Review of Policy Research, and Environmental Politics). Her recent work has focused on the nature of innovation policy and discourse in Canada and the implications of government- and corporate-driven priorities for the kinds of knowledge produced by universities. Specifically, she is interested in bringing attention to the political ecology of knowledge production and the potential for universities to advance green transition. The report, Knowledge for an Ecologically Sustainable Future? Innovation Policy and Alberta Universities, was published in June 2020 by the Parkland Institute and the Corporate Mapping Project.