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Stephan Schott

Natural resource management; air quality control policy; northern development; common pool resources; experimental economics; energy policy and strategies

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2557
Office:5141 Richcraft Hall

Associate Professor

Graduate Supervisor, MA in Sustainable Energy

BA Social Science Honours in Economics (University of Ottawa, Canada)
MA in Economics (University of Guelph, Canada)
PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (University of Guelph, Canada)
Postdoc, Behavioral and Experimental Economics (McMaster University, Canada)

Research Brief

Dr. Schott’s research focuses on alternative energy and sustainable development in the Arctic, the economic impacts of mining on local communities and local business development, food security and the integration of traditional knowledge and science, behavioural experiments in common pool resource environments and energy strategies and carbon emission reduction programmes.

I am interested in developing and applying sustainability principles to energy systems, natural resource management and economic development. My belief is that we need to act on a number of urgent issues such as climate change, fish stock declines, food insecurity and declining community well-being. My research closely involves end users such as communities, individual harvesters and local governments to come up with practical bottom up solutions to pressing public policy issues. My research methods combine field work with experimental and empirical methods to provide solutions and advance academic theories in more meaningful directions.

Recent funded research

Genome Canada ($ 5.6 million): “Towards a Sustainable Fishery for Nunavummiut”

Virginia K. Walker (PI), Queen’s University; Stephen C. Lougheed, Queen’s University;Peter Van Coeverden de Groot, Queen’s University; Stephan Schott (co-lead), Carleton University.

Arctic Net ($296,595): “Mining Economies, Mining Families: Extractive Industries and Human Development in the Eastern Subarctic”, April 2015-2018, principal investigator with Thierry Rodon and Ben Bradshaw.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC($ 81,249)): “Report on the State of Domestic Energy Provision in the Arctic”, 2014-1015, co-principal investigator with Alexandra Mallett.

Select recent publications

Buckley, S. Mestelman, R.A Muller, M.Rogers, S. Schott and J. Zhang (2015). “Appropriation from a common pool resource: effects of the characteristics of the common pool resource, the appropriators and the existence of communication”, chapter in Global Society and the Environment, World Scientific Publisher, forthcoming.

A.Pappin, M. Mesbah, A. Hakani and S. Schott (2015). “Diminishing Returns or Compounding Benefits of Air Pollution Control? The Case of NOx and Ozone” Environmental Science & Technology (July 2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00950.

Morteza Mesbah, Amir Hakami, and Stephan Schott (2015). “Optimal Ozone Control with Inclusion of Spatiotemporal Marginal Damages and Electricity Demand”, Environmental Science and Technology (June 2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01178.

Retallack and S. Schott (2014). “Cultural Values and Ecosystem Management at the Subwatershed Level”, Environmental Policy and Governance, 24, 351-363.

Sedoff, S. Schott and B. Karney (2014). “Sustainable power and scenic beauty: The Niagara River Water Diversion Treaty and its relevance today”, Energy Policy, 66 (2014) 526–536.

Stephan Schott and Graham Campbell (2013). “National Energy Strategies of Major Industrialized Countries”, International Handbook of Energy Security, edited by Hugh Dyer and Julia Trombetta, Edward Elgar: 174-205.

S. Morteza Mesbah, Amir Hakami, and Stephan Schott (2013). “Optimal Ozone Reduction Policy Design Using Adjoint-Based NOx Marginal Damage Information”, Environmental  Science and Technology, 47 (23), pp 13528–13535.

Schott (2013). “Carbon Pricing Options for Canada”, Canadian Public Policy, Volume 39, S109-S124.

Rodon and S.Schott (2013). “Towards a Sustainable Future for Nunavik”, Polar Record, 1-17, March 2013.

R. Ozkan and S. Schott (2013). “Sustainable Development and Capabilities for the Polar Region”, Social Indicators Research, Vol. 114:1259-1283.

Mesbah, S. M., Hakami, A., Schott, S., (2012). “Improving NOx cap-and-trade system with adjoint based emission exchange rate”, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 46, 11905–11912, 2012.

Recent teaching

Dr. Schott teaches graduate courses in natural resource management (PADM 5614), environmental and ecological economics (PADM 5618), social benefit cost analysis, energy economics (PADM 5510) and economic theory (PADM 6111).

Recent supervisions (PhD)

Anteneh Belayneh (Public Policy), supervisor, in progress.

Elen Lemaitre-Curri (Public Policy), supervisor, in progress.

Matthew Retallack (Public Policy), co-supervisor (with Graeme Auld), in progress.

Mohammad Zebian (Public Policy), supervisor, in progress.

Morteza Mesbah (Civil & Environmental Engineering), joint supervision with Amir Hakami, successfully defended thesis in March 2014. “Application of Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis for Performance Enhancement of Power Plants’ Nitrogen Oxides Control Policies.”

Recent editorships

Sustainability Science, Editorial Board, April 2015-2018

Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics Editorial Board, July 2012-June 2015