Stewart Fast

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. (McGill), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Ottawa)

Stewart Fast is the manager of the policy team in the Strategic Policy, Governance and Communication Division of the Office of Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. His team provides advice and develops and implements policies to support a coherent and effective science and technology enterprise in a federal government department with over 2,000 scientists and technology professionals.

Stewart is a social scientist and human geographer with broad interests in human-environment relations, energy and environmental governance, science policy and rural change. His expertise concerns public and community engagement (including opposition and conflict) with renewable energy developments. His other main areas of professional and academic interest are science policy, science, technology and innovation studies and knowledge mobilization.

He is interested in co-supervising and evaluating students, building energy and environment connections with DGES and other faculty at Carleton and exploring possibilities for student exposure and engagement with NRCan science and science policy.

Recent peer reviewed journal articles

Fast S and L Nourallah (2018) Public Trust in Environmental Decision-Making: A Case Study of Shale Gas Regulation in Kent County, New Brunswick. Case Studies in the Environment. March 2018, DOI:

Gehman J, Lefsrud L and S. Fast (2017) Social License to Operate: Legitimacy by Another Name? Canadian Public Administration 60 (2) 293-317 [OPEN ACCESS]

Fast S (2016) Assessing public participation tools during wind energy siting. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 7(3), 386-393 doi:10.1007/s13412-016-0419-0

Fast S., Mabee W, Baxter J, Christidis C, Driver L, Hill S, McMurtry JJ and M Tomkow (2016). Lessons learned from Ontario wind disputes.  Nature Energy, 1, 15028.

Fast S (2015) Qualified, absolute, idealistic, impatient: The dimensions of host community responses to wind energy projects Environment and Planning A 47 (7) 1540-1557

Fast S, Mabee W. (2015) Trust-building and place-making: The influence of policy on host community responses to wind farms. Energy Policy (81) 27-37

Fast S, Mabee W and J Blair. (2015) Changing cultural and economic values of wind energy landscapes. The Canadian Geographer 59 (2) 181-193

Fast S (2013) Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy: Trends, Concepts and Geographies. Geography Compass. 7 (12) 853-856