School of Public Policy and Administration Professor Graeme Auld’s work on global environmental policy and politics has earned him a spot in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
The Royal Society recognizes scholars who “represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.” They have already received recognition for research excellence and serve as ambassadors of their academic fields.
“I am thrilled and honoured that to receive this recognition for the research that I am, of course, passionate about,” said Professor Auld. “I’d also really like to thank all of my colleagues at the School and in the Faculty of Public Affairs. Carleton is lucky to have such a vibrant academic community in my area of work. I’ve benefited tremendously from the collective energy and knowledge of this community.”
Professor Auld is the author of Constructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification, in which he delves into the creation of environmental certification programs that were intended to promote responsible business practices. He reveals how the early decisions of programs on governance and standards affected the path along which they evolve.
“Some are backed by monitoring, some not. Some are governmental, some not,” says Auld of the 150 to 200 different certifications in the marketplace. “We need to recognize that the differences in how these programs work matter. They can have consequences for how well they address environmental and social problems.”
In addition to this project, Professor Auld is involved in a comparative project of natural resource governance focused on mining and forestry.
He is also the editor of the international journal, Review of Policy Research.