James Meadowcroft is on sabbatical until June 30, 2022.

James Meadowcroft is a Professor in both the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy and Administration. He recently completed a 14-year term as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development. Meadowcroft has written widely on environmental politics and policy, democratic participation and deliberative democracy, national sustainable development strategies, and socio-technical transitions.

James Meadowcroft


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.

Active Initiatives

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Refereed Book Chapters

Lecture Videos

Energi Media
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.

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