Graduate Supervisor, Public Policy and Program Evaluation
Comparative and global environmental politics and policy; international political economy; transnational private governance and private regulation; corporate social responsibility; climate change; natural resource governance
- Elected Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, November 2017
- Recognizes early and mid-career achievements for emerging Canadian intellectual leader
- Co-Winner “Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize,” September 2016
- Awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best book on environmental politics and policy for Constructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification, Yale University Press, 2014.
- “Emerging Young Scholar Award,” September 2016
- Awarded by the American Political Science Association in recognition of a researcher, within ten years of their PhD degree, who is making notable contributions to the field of science, technology, and environmental politics.
- Honourable Mention “Harold and Margaret Sprout Award,” February 2016
- Awarded by the International Studies Association for the best book in the field of international environmental policy and politics; received honourable mention forConstructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification (Yale University Press, 2014)
- Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University, August 2014 – June 2015
- Winner “Harold and Margaret Sprout Award,” March 2005
- Awarded by the International Studies Association for the best book in the field of international environmental policy and politics; co-winner with Benjamin Cashore and Deanna Newsom for Governing through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority (Yale University Press, 2004)
Lecture and Interview Videos
“Towards a Policy Analysis Approach for Addressing the Super Wicked Problem of Climate Change.” Presented to the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium, University of Northern British Columbia, February 14, 2014, Prince George, Canada.
“Reflections on knowledge of VSS performance” Presented as part of Webinar on Sustainability Standards and Environmental Concerns: An Academic Roundtable Discussion, UN Forum on Sustainability Standards, February 10, 2021
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Graeme Auld Publishes Article on Patagonia and Business Responsibility
Has Patagonia defined a new gold standard for business responsibility? By Graeme Auld and Janina Grabs Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard made headlines recently with the decision to give his family’s $3 billion company, and its future profits, to the fight against climate change. In his words, “Earth is now the company’s only...
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Philanthropy and the Sustainable Seafood Movement
For several decades, American private philanthropic foundations have invested extensively in organizations and projects supporting nature conservation and sustainable resource management. In a recently published piece in Conservation Science and Practice, Laurenne Schiller — a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at SPPA — and co-authors examine the...
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Governing Artificial Intelligence Through Ethical Standards
Major efforts are afoot to govern the ethics of artificial intelligence. In a recent paper, Graeme Auld, Amanda Clarke, Ashley Casovan, and Benjamin Faveri offer a dynamic look at pathways along which private governance is engaged to shape future AI governance. Taking lessons from other private governance cases for sustainability, the pathways...
Digital Era Decentred Governance Lab
This project lab investigates the intersection of two macro-level changes – the increasing centrality of digital technologies and the rise of decentred governance – that are transforming how we govern and are governed. The project lab is designed to explore the characteristics and consequences of these intersecting changes for governance. We ask: What are the characteristics and consequences of decentred governance in a digital age? While existing research explores these two trends separately, we know little about their intersection. This research requires considerable computing power and data storage for data collection, storage, and analysis given the millions of documents and connections generated by decentred, digital governance interactions. The issues and trends this project will examine are at the cutting-edge of public administration studies. Does digital, decentred governance improve or undermine citizenship and our collective problem-solving capacity? Who gains and suffers from these effects? How do power and change operate in this new governance model? The lab will wield unique data collection capacity to track online data sources and processing power to aggregate, join, modify, and analyze existing datasets to answer these governance questions and create a research hub in the School of Public Policy and Administration on these issues.
Research Team: Amanda Clarke, Graeme Auld, Nathan Grasse
Transnational Private Regulatory Governance
I have dedicated nearly two decades to understanding the rise and implications of private regulation. What is this? It takes main forms. From credit rating agencies that determine the credit worthiness of companies, governments, and nations to a wide array of private sustainability and ethical standards and certification programs like fairtrade, sustainable seafood and wood products, conflict free minerals, responsible palm oil and tea, etc… My existing and ongoing work contributes to understanding the importance of this governance phenomena by answering questions like: why do companies sign up to comply with costly rules that are voluntary; how do shifting patterns of trade affect the power of private regulation; how and why has form of governance developed and evolved differently across sectors and issue areas; and how do private governance systems it interact with governments and with what effects?
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.
Green-Lite: 50 Years of Canadian Environmental Policy, Democracy and Governance
Anchored in the core literature on natural resources, energy production, and environmental analysis, Green-lite is a critical examination of Canadian environmental policy, governance, and politics drawing out key policy and governance patterns to show that the Canadian story is one of complexity and often weak performance.
Making a compelling argument for deeper historical analysis of environmental policy and situating environmental concerns within political and fiscal agendas, the authors provide extended discussions on three relatively new features of environmental policy: the federal-cities and urban sustainability regime, the federal-municipal infrastructure regime, and the regime of agreements with NGOs and businesses that often relegate governments to observing participants rather than being policy leaders. They probe the Harper era’s muzzling of environmental science and scientists, Canada’s oil sands energy and resource economy, and the government’s core Alberta and Western Canadian political base.
Constructing Private Governance: The Rise and Evolution of Forest, Coffee, and Fisheries Certification
An exploration of product certification programs and the factors that explain their varied success in becoming global governors equipped to tackle environmental and social problems effectively.
Consumers now encounter organic or fair-trade labels on a variety of products, implying such desirable benefits as improved environmental conditions or more equitable market transactions. But what do we know about the origins and development of the organizations behind these labels? Why have some flourished while others faltered? And why are some sectors rich with labeling organizations while others have very few? This book compares the rise and evolution of certification programs in the coffee, fishery, and forest industries to arrive at a model that reveals how market and political conditions, as well as the characteristics of program founders, shape the early character of the governance rules and certification standards that programs adopt.
Governing through Markets: Forest Certification and the Emergence of Non-State Authority
In recent years a startling policy innovation has emerged within global and domestic environmental governance: certification systems that promote socially responsible business practices by turning to the market, rather than the state, for rule-making authority. This book documents five cases in which the Forest Stewardship Council, a forest certification program backed by leading environmental groups, has competed with industry and landowner-sponsored certification systems for legitimacy.
The authors compare the politics behind forest certification in five countries. They reflect on why there are differences regionally, discuss the impact the Forest Stewardship Council has had on other certification programs, and assess the ability of private forest certification to address global forest deterioration.
- November 15, 2021
CANADALAND #729 The Most Monotonous Emergency, Ever (CANADALAND Podcast)
- August 11, 2021
Carleton Research Projects Receive $578,000 from CFI to Tackle Challenges Facing all Canadians (Carleton Newsroom)
- July 22, 2021
Seeing Is Believing: Building Customer Trust with Transparency (Sap Insights)
- Febuary 25, 2021
Incoming Carleton Postdoc Wins Prestigious Liber Ero Fellowship (CU Graduate Student News)
- December 21, 2020
Why eco-labelling is so difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic (The Conversation)
- November 23, 2020
Robert Slater Receives CSPC Exceptional Contribution to Science Policy Award (FPA News)
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- July 18, 2018
Graeme Auld Named FPA Research Excellence Chair (FPA News)
- June 21, 2018
SPPA Doctoral Student Chosen as 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar (FPA News)
- Febuary 16, 2018
An International Graduate Student Reflects on Her Time at Carleton (FPA News)
- February 7, 2018
Faculty of Public Affairs Names First Research Excellence Chair (FPA News)
- November 12, 2017
Forests Carbon Projects Can Narrow Emissions Gap, But Not All Are Created Equal (Ecosystem Marketplace)
- September 15, 2017
Environmental Policy Researcher Named to Royal Society (FPA News)
- Febuary 3, 2017
Climate Policy Champions (FPA News)
- September 1, 2016
Ottawa Zibi development stirs controversy over green labels, First Nations rights (National Observer)
- June 16, 2016
Renowned Journals Set Up Shop at School of Public Policy and Administration (FPA News)
- November 5, 2014
From Fair Trade to Fresh Fish: The Eco-label Phenomenon (FPA News)
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