Graduate Supervisor, MA in Sustainable Energy
Sustainable energy and climate policy; emerging economies / developing countries; low carbon technology cooperation; innovation, science and technology policies, changes in the Canadain North
- School of Public Policy and Administration Excellence in Teaching Award, Carleton University, 2016/2019
- Canadian Science Policy Fellow, NRCan, 2016
- Green Gown Award for Exceptional Environmental Research in the United Kingdom, 2009
- Instant Award, Policy and Communication, Environment Canada, Health and Environment Ministers of the Americas (HEMA) process, 2004
Books & Edited Collections
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Alexandra Mallett and Lisa Mills Publish Article in The Extractive Industries and Society
Environmental impacts of mining in Brazil and the environmental licensing process: Changes needed for changing times? Alexandra Mallett, Erica Lima, Barros Franca, Italo Alves, and Lisa Mills Abstract Brazil, a key mining producer globally, has a comprehensive system of environmental laws and institutions. Nevertheless, their effectiveness has...
Monday, November 22, 2021
Engaging Northern Youth in Climate Change, Energy and Sustainability
By Micah Ton, MA Sustainable Energy student SPPA Prof. Alexandra Mallett’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project explores the links between governance (how decisions are made) and energy system changes in communities in Northwest Territories. The central aim of the research is to find out if there are more...
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Alternative Forms of Innovation for a More Sustainable Society
As Canada works towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, capturing carbon or sustainable energy technology is often the focus. The role of public policy and the cooperation of governments, industry and local communities is also critical to accomplish the goal. The media also has a role to play in public acceptance of new technologies....
SSHRC Insight Development Grant on Governance and Energy System Change at the community level in Northwest Territories
Excerpt from Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre news story: “While problem identification and problem solving in the Northern communities have been at the core of these research projects, Dr. Mallett thinks there are lessons to be learned and brought to the broader Canadian context. For one, they provide new insight on how to get better technological uptake. A key finding is that local governance structures are crucial to getting people on board with new technology.”
Future Energy Shift
Future Energy Shift is an interdisciplinary research program at Carleton University studying the feasibility of a future gravity turbine system for tall buildings.
The Future Energy Shift research team spans Architecture, Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering. Together they work with community partners and those working in the housing industry to conduct public consultation and building modelling
Climate Compatible Growth
Climate Compatible Growth (CCG) is a £38m UK ODA-funded research programme, helping developing countries take a path of low carbon development whilst simultaneously unlocking profitable investment in green infrastructure, opening up new markets and supporting delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Left unchecked, climate change will cause major economic, social, and environmental damage, affecting global security, food systems, water resources, health, and ecosystems. Developing countries are at the most immediate risk. CCG can provide the right evidence at the right time on how developing countries can respond best to the low-carbon transition against a backdrop of Covid-19 economic recovery and rapid tech transformations.
In collaboration with national and international research partners, CCG will deliver the energy and transport system tools and decision support frameworks needed to create climate compatible growth and sustainable economic infrastructure. CCG aims to change the ‘rules of the game’, breaking away from siloed thinking to open new markets and jobs, shift financial flows, and make green transitions possible.
Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 6th Edition
With an authoritative and courageous approach, Beyond Policy Analysis examines public policymaking in Canada at all areas of governance, including Heath Care, Education, Economic Development and Trade. This title goes beyond conventional categories and concepts to examine how the world of policymaking has changed with the increasing pressures of globalization, information technology, changing public values and cultural assumptions, citizen distrust, and decentralization and subsidiary. The sixth edition investigates ever-evolving governance, and proactively discusses contemporary Canadian issues.
Renewable Energy Uptake in Urban Latin America: Sustainable Technology in Mexico and Brazil.
This book explores the perplexing question of how to increase sustainable energy technology use in the developing world, and specifically focuses on two megacities within Latin America.
Renewable Energy Uptake in Urban Latin America examines the market and uptake of two sustainable energy technologies (solar water heaters and biogas to produce electricity) in two locations, Mexico City, Mexico and São Paulo, Brazil in the 2000s. Drawing from three systems-based analytical frameworks – including one developed by the author for the purpose of this study – the book examines the varying factors affecting the implementation of renewable energy technologies (RETs) in urban Latin America. These frameworks emphasize the importance of examining socio-political dimensions; rather than conventional explanations that focus on technical and economic aspects only. By doing so, the research improves explanations about renewable energy technology (RET) adoption in the global South. These findings are useful for scholars, policy makers and practitioners working on RET adoption; resulting in a book which helps to inform wider debates regarding innovation, decarbonization, sustainability transitions and energy system change.
This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of energy transitions, energy policy, development studies and science and technology studies.
Low Carbon Technology Transfer: From Rhetoric To Reality.
Low carbon technology transfer to developing countries has been both a lynchpin of, and a key stumbling block to a global deal on climate change. This book brings together for the first time in one place the work of some of the world’s leading contemporary researchers in this field. It provides a practical, empirically grounded guide for policy makers and practitioners, while at the same time making new theoretical advances in combining insights from the literature on technology transfer and the literature on low carbon innovation.
The book begins by summarizing the nature of low carbon technology transfer and its contemporary relevance in the context of climate change, before introducing a new theoretical framework through which effective policy mechanisms can be analyzed. The north-south, developed-developing country differences and synergies are then introduced together with the relevant international policy context. Uniquely, the book also introduces questions around the extent to which current approaches to technology transfer under the international policy regime might be considered to be ‘pro-poor’. Throughout, the book draws on cutting edge empirical work to illustrate the insights it affords. The book concludes by setting out constructive ways forward towards delivering on existing international commitments in this area, including practical tools for decision makers.
- August 19, 2021
Research Spotlight: Alternative Forms of Innovation for a More Sustainable Society
- February 4, 2021
New Climate Change Collaborative Grad Program
- March 21, 2018
Recharging Northern Energy and Fish Resources
- March 29, 2017
Mitacs Fellows Pursue Science Policy in the Halls of Government (University Affairs)
- February 3, 2017
Climate Change Champions (FPA News)
- March 29, 2017
New program allows scientists to get involved in federal policy-making (The Globe and Mail)
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