Associate Director, Arts First
Areas of specialization
BA (Ottawa), MA (Carleton), MA (Cornell), PhD (Cornell)
My research has focused on environmental policy and politics surrounding oil extraction in Canada’s major oil producing provinces: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland & Labrador. I have analyzed how environmental policy is developed and contested, emphasizing tensions between environmental/community impacts and economic imperatives. This work was primarily supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Strategic Research Grant, “The Environmental Assessment Processes of Canadian 'Frontier' Oil and Gas,” with Drs. Gail Fraser and Anna Zalik at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies.
I am now extending this work in an international comparative project on supply-side climate policy, focused on political conditions necessary to wind down fossil fuel extraction in developed-world states. I am particularly intrigued by the rise of “keep it in the ground” movements and legislation. See here for a quick description of the project.
2018-2020: "The Politics of Leaving Fossil Fuels in the Ground: Building and Testing Comparative Theory in Major Producing States." Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Principal Investigator.
2015-2021: “Mapping the Power of the Carbon-Extractive Corporate Resource Sector.” Partnership Grant, SSHRC. Co-Investigator; project led by William Carroll (University of Victoria) and Shannon Daub (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC).
2019-2025: “Offshore Oil Exploratory Drilling and Marine Protected Areas: Assessing Decision-Making Processes and Outcomes in Comparative Developed State Cases.” Insight Grant, SSHRC. Co-Investigator with Joanne Ellis (University of Waikato); project led by Gail Fraser (York University).
Carter, A. 2020. Fossilized: Environmental Policy in Canada’s Petro-Provinces. Vancouver: UBC Press.
*Shortlisted for the 2021 Donald Smiley Prize
Strauch, Y., A. Carter, and T. Homer-Dixon. 2020. “However the Pandemic Unfolds, It’s Time for Oil Use to Peak—and Society to Prepare for the Fallout.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 76:5, 238-243.
Carter, A. and J. McKenzie. 2020. "Amplifying ‘Keep It in the Ground’ First-Movers: Toward a Comparative Framework." Society and Natural Resources.
Carter, A. Forthcoming 2020 (in-press). “Canadian Ecological Political Economy” in Whiteside, H. (ed.) Canadian Political Economy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Carter, A. 2017. “Engaging the Public to Avert the Risks of Oil Dependency” in Marland A., Moore, L. (eds.), The Democracy Cookbook: Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador. ISER Books, St. John’s. 314-316.
Carter, A. 2016. “Environmental Policy and Politics: The Case of Oil.” In Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics: The Challenges of Austerity and Ambivalence (4th Ed.), D. VanNijnatten (ed.). Don Mills: Oxford University Press. 292-306.
Carter, A. 2016. “The Petro-Politics of Environmental Regulation in the Tar Sands.” In First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta, L. Adkin (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 152-189.
Carter, A., and A. Zalik. 2016. “Fossil Capitalism and the Rentier State: Towards a Political Ecology of Alberta’s Oil Economy.” In First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta, L. Adkin (ed). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 51-77.
Haluza-DeLay, R. and A. Carter. 2016. “Social Movements Scaling Up: Strategies and Opportunities in Opposing the Oil Sands Status Quo.” In First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta, L. Adkin (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 456-498.
Carter, A., 2014. “Petro-Capitalism and the Tar Sands” in Black, T., D’Arcy, S., Weis, T., Kahn Russell, J. (eds.), A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice. Between the Lines Press, Toronto, pp. 23-35.
Haluza-Delay, R., Carter, A., 2014. “Joining Up and Scaling Up: Analyzing Resistance to Canada’s ‘Dirty Oil’” in Bencze, L., Alsop, S. (eds.), Activist Science and Technology Education. Springer Netherlands, pp. 343-362.
Peters, J., Carter, A., Cadigan, S., 2014. “The Political Economy of the Labour Market in Newfoundland and Labrador” in Marland, A., Kerby, M. (eds.), First among Unequals: The Premier, Politics, and Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador. McGill-Queen's UP, Montreal, pp. 247-264.
Le Billon, P., Carter, A., 2012. “Securing Alberta's Tar Sands: Resistance and Criminalization on a New Energy Frontier” in Schnurr, M., Swatuk, L. (eds.), Natural Resources and Social Conflict: Towards Critical Environmental Security. Palgrave MacMillan, London, pp. 170-192.
- Arts First 140 - Solving the Climate Crisis
Political Science 303 - Environmental Policy and Politics
Political Science 334 - Public Policy
- Political Science 391 - Political Economy of Energy in Canada
- Political Science 428 - The State and Economic Life
- Arts 490 Global Engagement Seminar - The Future of Nature, co-taught with Dr. Brendon Larson, with fellows Mike Davis and Edward Burtynsky
Master of Public Service (MPS) Program teaching:
- Public Service 623 - Government, Business, and Civil Society
University of Waterloo Accredited Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor (ADDS) status awarded in 2018.
Doctoral Research Projects
2020-present Supervisor, Choyon Saha, Global Governance Program, Balsillie School of International Affairs: "Assessing and Amplifying the Role of Least Developed Countries in Confronting the Climate Crisis via Winding Down Fossil Fuel Supply"
2017-present Supervisor, Justine Salam, Global Governance Program, Balsillie School of International Affairs: “Analyzing Major Royalty Debates in Alberta’s Oil Sands: Corporate Power at Play in a Subnational Resource-Cursed Petrostate”
2019-present Committee Member, Roger Boyd, Global Governance Program, Balsillie School of International Affairs (supervised by Dr. Simon Dalby): "Climate Change: Societal Resilience & Transformation”
2019-present Committee Member, Truzaar Dordi, School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (supervised by Dr. Olaf Weber): “Financing a Sustainable Low-Carbon Transition: Systematic Climate Risk in Asset Pricing and Portfolio Allocation”
2018-present Committee Member, Janetta McKenzie, Department of Geography & Environmental Management (supervised by Dr. Sarah Burch): “How the Energy Sector Governs Critical Infrastructure Against Climate Change”
2017-present Committee Member, for Yonatan Strauch, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (co-supervised by Drs. Thomas Homer-Dixon and Stephen Quilley): “From Carbon Lock-In to a Lock-In of Decarbonization: A Theory of Change”
2017-present Committee Member, Alexander Suen, Global Governance Program, Balsillie School of International Affairs (supervised by Dr. Simon Dalby): “Political Culture: An Unexplored Factor in Climate Change Diplomacy.”
2012-2020 Committee Member, Leah Fusco, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (supervised by Dr. Scott Prudham): “Crude Regulation: Environmental Assessments and the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Oil Industry”
Master’s Research Projects
MA in Global Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs:
2019-2020 Major Research Paper Supervisor, Carly MacArthur
2019-2020 Major Research Paper Supervisor, Shawna-Rae McLean
MA in Political Science:
2020-present Thesis Supervisor, Danielle LaBrash, "Changes to Provincial Environmental Regulation During of the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic"
2020-present Major Research Paper Supervisor, Alanna Benson
2020-present Major Research Paper Supervisor, Emily Lorentz, "Just Transition Policy Implementation"
2019-2020 Major Research Paper Supervisor, Sukhneet Kahlon, "Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Canada: A Policy Roadmap"
2017-2018 Thesis Supervisor, Bradley Noonan: “The Nordic Approach: How Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are Facilitating Sustainable Water Development in Developing African States.”
2016-2017 Second Reader, Michelle Vello (supervised by Dr. Heather Whiteside): “To Save or To Spend Oil Wealth: A Comparative Analysis of the Sovereign Wealth Funds of Norway and Alberta”
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