Degrees: BA (McGill) DPhil (Oxford)
Low-carbon transition; environmental policy; sustainable development; energy policy; climate change; comparative environmental politics and policy
Honorary Doctor of Administrative Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland (2010)
- The award was for scholarly contributions to the understanding of the politics and policy involving the environment and sustainable development. Read more.
Refereed Book Chapters
- January 28, 2021
Why experts argue governments must take risks — besides pipelines — to restart economic growth (CBC News)
- November 16, 2020
La région d’Edmonton veut mener l’exploitation de l’hydrogène au Canada (Ici Radio-Canada)
- June 24, 2020
Timing is everything: how Canada got into a pandemic economy — and how it might get out (CBC News)
- July 8, 2019
Why planting one trillion trees won’t solve climate change (CTV News)
- November 21, 2015
Climate Change Undermines Security (Ottawa Citizen)
- March 26, 2015
Here’s How Canada Could Have 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035 (The Narwhal)
- March 7, 2015
Castles in the air: Canada’s unexploitable hydrocarbon ‘resources’ (The Hill Times)
- May 2, 2012
Alberta steps up battle to shed ‘dirty oil’ image (The Globe & Mail)
- October 7, 2008
Canada Productive But Should Do More, Experts Say (Montreal Gazette)
Carleton News Room
- January 26, 2021
Interview on Transition Accelerator Report “Pathways to Net Zero” (Energi Media)
- September 24, 2020
Pathways to Net Zero in Canada (Governing Energy Transitions Seminar Series, University of Stavanger)
- February 9, 2018
Where Next for Canada’s Low Carbon Transition? (Centre for European Studies Policy Workshop, Carleton University)
- November 27, 2015
Canada’s Transition to a Low Carbon Emission Society (Centre for European Studies, Carleton University)
- November 2, 2015
Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations of Earth System Governance (Earth System Governance TV)
- May 22, 2014
Let’s Get This Transition Moving! (Big Ideas for Sustainable Prosperity Conference, Ottawa)
- May 16, 2012
PV Policy Regulation and Law (Canadian Photovoltaics Graduate School workshop, University of Ottawa)
- March 9, 2012
Pushing the Boundaries: Governance for Sustainable Development and a Politics of Limits (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) Workshop in Vancouver, British Columbia)
- September 9, 2020
Episode 2: Introduction to EcoPolitics (The EcoPolitics Podcast)
- January 5, 2017
BZE speaks to Prof James Meadowcroft (Beyond Zero – Science and Solutions)
Markham interviews Dr. James Meadowcroft, research director of The Transition Accelerator, about his new study, Pathways to Net Zero: A Decision Support Tool.
Jean Monnet Network Carleton CANEUNET
“Where Next for Canada’s Low Carbon Transition?” On February 9th, 2018, the Centre for European Studies hosted a policy workshop, “Clean Energy & Climate Policy in Canada and the EU: an Exchange of Experiences, Views, and Visions for the Future,” at Carleton University.
Smart Prosperity Institute
James Meadowcroft speaks of the need to frame the discussion as a socio-technical transition towards a low carbon emission energy sector. He describes how our economic and political institutions are currently in a technological lock-in (path dependence) on current fossil fuel.
Who is Efficiency Canada?
“Efficiency Canada is the national voice for an energy efficient economy. We envision a future where Canada uses energy efficiency to its fullest potential. This means maximizing the benefits of energy efficiency resulting in a sustainable environment, a productive economy, and a just and equitable society.
Efficiency Canada is housed at Carleton University’s Sustainable Energy Research Centre, which is located on the traditional unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.”
“Efficiency Canada is mission driven and fiercely independent, embracing an entrepreneurial attitude to our work. Our employees have each other’s back and promote each other’s success. We practice integrity, honesty, open communication, and discipline. At Efficiency Canada, we believe in giving back as well as having fun at work. Above all, we respect each other’s differences and embrace what we can accomplish together.”
- January 25, 2021
News Release: New Report Recommends Paradigm Shift in Approach to Tackling Climate Change
- January 2021
Report – Pathways to Net Zero: A Decision Support Tool
Meadowcroft, J. and contributors. 2021. Pathways to net-zero: A decision support tool. Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 3, Iss. 1. Pg 1-108
- November 9, 2020
News Release: New Initiative to Support a Robust National ZEV Supply Chain
- November 2020
Report – The Rise Of The Automobile: Lessons From Historical Canadian Transportation Transitions
Roberts, C, Meadowcroft, J, Layzell, DB. 2020. The Rise of the Automobile: Lessons from Historical Canadian Transportation Transitions. Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 2, Iss. 4, Pg. 1-35.
- August 2019
Report – The Transition Accelerator: Building Pathways to a Sustainable Future
Meadowcroft, J, Layzell, DB, Mousseau, N. 2019. The Transition Accelerator: Building Pathways to a Sustainable Future. Transition Accelerator Reports Vol. 1, Iss. 1, Pg. 1-65.
- September 2017
Report: Re-Energizing Canada: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Future
- November 2016
Report: Let’s Get This Transition Moving!
Multilevel Environment Governance Managing Water and Climate Change in Europe and North America
The literature on Multi-level governance (MLG), an approach that explicitly looks at the system of the many interacting authority structures at work in the global political economy, has grown significantly over the last decade. The authors in this volume examine how multilevel governance (MLG) systems address climate change and water policy.
Conceptual Innovation inEnvironmental Policy
Concepts are thought categories through which we apprehend the world; they enable, but also constrain, reasoning and debate and serve as building blocks for more elaborate arguments. This book traces the links between conceptual innovation in the environmental sphere and the evolution of environmental policy and discourse. It offers both a broad framework for examining the emergence, evolution, and effects of policy concepts and a detailed analysis of eleven influential environmental concepts.
What Next for Sustainable Development? Our Common Future at Thirty
This book examines the international experience with sustainable development since the concept was brought to worldwide attention in Our Common Future, the 1987 report of the World Commission on Environment and Development. Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds engage with three critical themes: negotiating environmental limits; equity, environment and development; and transitions and transformations. In light of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, they ask what lies ahead for sustainable development.
Governance, Democracy and Sustainable Development: Moving Beyond the Impasse
The contributors explore the difficulties developed countries are experiencing in coming to terms with environmental limits and the resultant challenges to the democratic polity. They engage with different dimensions of the governance challenge including norms, public attitudes, citizen engagement, political conflict, policy design, and implementation, and with a range of environmental problems such as climate change, biodiversity/nature protection, and water management.
Caching the Carbon: The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage
Over the past decade carbon capture and storage (CCS) has increasingly come to the fore as a possible option to manage carbon dioxide emissions that are currently contributing to human induced climate change. This book is concerned with the politics of CCS. The authors examine the way CCS has been brought into the political realm, the different interpretations of the significance of this emerging technology, and the policy challenges government and international institutions face with respect to its development, deployment and regulation.
Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition: Charting Sustainable Development 1987-2027
This special edition of Innovation, Science, Environment includes reflections from a number of Canada’s leading sustainable development thinkers, two decades after the 1987 publication of the seminal United Nations report Our Common Future. Published by the World Commission on Environment and Development – and often referred to as the Brundtland Commission Report after its Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland former Prime Minister of Norway – the report popularized the concept of sustainable development which continues to influence economic, environmental, and social policy decisions and structures in individual countries and international organizations.
Implementing Sustainable Development: Strategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies
This volume examines the response of governments in the industrialized countries to the challenge of sustainable development. It focuses on the response of central governments in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, the USA, and the EU.
Environmental sustainability has become one of the most salient issues on the policy agenda of nation-states. This book argues that planning is seldom credited by advocates of environmental politics. The authors, leading scholars in the field, explore the relationship between environmental sustainability – one of the most important innovations in recent political discourse and planning, an idea which has slipped from public attention recently.
Democracy and the Environment: Problems and Prospects
A complex relationship exists between democratic politics and the management of the environment. Democracy and the Environment presents major new work on the challenges and dilemmas which environmental problems pose for the processes of democratic politics.
Conceptualizing the State: Innovation and Dispute in British Political Thought 1880-1914
This book is concerned with the way in which the concept of the state was invoked in British political argument between 1880 and 1914. It central claim is that the decades bracketing the turn of the century witnessed a significant change in the prevailing terms of British political discourse – that the concept of the state, hitherto a relative stranger to British debate, emerged as a key component of the idiom in which critical reflection on politics was cast. James Meadowcroft surveys the ways in which the state was understood in this period, and also presents a detailed analysis of the conceptions of the state in the work of six prominent theorists: Herbert Spencer, Hugh Cecil, Bernard Bosanquet, L T Hobhouse, J A Hobson and Ramsay MacDonald.
- September 17, 2020
Carleton’s James Meadowcroft Contributes to Final Report of Task Force for a Resilient Recovery
- May 21, 2020
Professor James Meadowcroft on National Recovery Taskforce (News)
- May 20, 2020
Carleton’s James Meadowcroft is on National Task Force on Economic Recovery Post-COVID
- February 20, 2020
Carleton’s Author Meets Readers Panel to Discuss the Evolution of Modern Environmental Policy
- January 13, 2020
How to Fix the Climate: Accelerate Social Change (Another Take)
- December 17, 2019
Carleton Ranks 2nd in Canada and 35th in the World for Campus Sustainability
- June 19, 2019
Global Gathering: Carleton Hosts International Sustainability Conference
- June 3, 2019
Carleton-Based Energy Efficiency Think Tank Launches National Campaign to Showcase Workers Behind the Boom in Green Jobs
- April 29, 2019
Energy Efficiency Policy: Teaching Effective Policy
- May 26, 2017
Carleton Contributes to Major Report on Using Vast Low Carbon Energy Resources for Major New Economic Engine
- May 29, 2017
Robo-wars and Driverless Cars: New Course Covers Technology, Nature, and Power (News)
- February 3, 2017
Climate Policy Champions (FPA Voices)
- October 21, 2014
Nature Draws a Hard Line: Govts vs. Climate Change (News)
- April 24, 2014
Multilevel Environmental Governance (News)
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