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Glen Toner

Sustainable energy; sustainable production; institutional and policy innovation for sustainable development; innovation toward low carbon future

Phone:613-520-2600 x 2559
Email:glen.toner@carleton.ca
Office:5216 Richcraft Hall

Professor
Co-Director, Carleton Sustainable Energy Research Centre

Teaching Concentration: Innovation Science and Environment, Sustainable Energy Policy
Courses Taught: 
Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance, Sustainable Energy Policy, The Science, Economics and Politics of Global Climate Change, Industrial Policy, Innovation and Sustainable Production

Current Research

In 2012 Professor Toner along with Carleton colleagues Professors James Meadowcroft and Alexandra Mallett were awarded a SSHRC Partnership grant for a project on Policy for Smart Grids. Colleagues from several other universities across Canada are also involved.

Carbon Management Canada awarded Professor Toner and colleagues Professor James Meadowcroft (Carleton) and Doug MacDonald (University of Toronto) major funding for a three year project on Governance Innovation and the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy. Research teams comprising PhD and M.A. students from Carleton and the University of Toronto have produced 8 research papers that are being developed for submission to academic journals.

The following papers by the Carleton team are being revised for submission:

J. Meadowcroft, G. Toner, L. Steiner, D. Kutziubas and M. Simikian, “Mint To Be Green: The Essential Role of Public Banks in Mobilizing Capital Towards a Low-Carbon Economy”

J. Meadowcroft, G. Toner, L. Steiner and J. Mckee, “Governance Innovation in the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Critical Role of Policy Assessment”

J. Meadowcroft, G. Toner, D. Rosenbloom, and D. Cherniak,” Rethinking renewable energy policy in Canada: Exploring governance innovations to promote the diffusion of renewable energy technologies and bring about a low-carbon transition,”

J. Meadowcroft, G. Toner, H. Berton, L. Steiner, D. Kutziubas and M. Simikian, “Agency for Change: The Promotion of Energy Efficiency through Institutional Innovation”

Graduate Teaching

  • PADM 5115 Sustainable Energy Policy
  • PADM5116 Policy Analysis and Contemporary Governance
  • PADM5612 Industrial Policy, Innovation and Sustainable Development
  • PADM5620 The Science, Economics and Politics of Global Climate Change
  • PADM5617 Implementing Sustainable Development in Industrialized Countries

Selected Publications

  • G. Toner and J. Mckee, “Harper’s Partisan Wedge Politics: Bad Environmental Policy AND Bad Energy Policy,” in G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney, eds., How Ottawa Spends: 2014-2015: The Harper Government – Good to Go? (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014): 108-121.
  • G.Toner, J. Meadowcroft and D. Cherniak, “The Struggle of the Canadian Federal Government to Institutionalize Sustainable Development,” in Debora L. VanNijnatten (eds.), Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics 4th Edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  • S. Boutros, L. Hayward, A. Montambault and L. Smallwood and G. Toner, “Growing the Children of Brundtland: The Creation and Evolution of the NRTEE, IISD, CESD, and SDTC,” in G. Toner, L.A. Pal, and M.J. Prince, eds. Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – A Book in Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).
  • L.A. Pal, M.J. Prince and G. Toner, Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – Essays in Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern, in G. Toner, L.A. Pal, and M.J. Prince, eds. Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – A Book in Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).
  • G. Toner, L.A. Pal and M.J. Prince, eds. Policy: From Ideas to Implementation – In Honour of Professor G. Bruce Doern (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).
  • G. Toner and F. Bregha, “Institutionalizing Sustainable Development: The Role of Governmental Institutions,” in G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, eds. Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).
  • G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, eds. Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).
  • G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, “Engaging With Sustainable Development: The Canadian Experience,” in G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, eds. Innovation, Science and Environment: Special Edition – Charting Sustainable Development in Canada 1987-2027 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009).
  • G. Toner and J. Meadowcroft, “The struggle of the Canadian government to move from rhetoric to action on the institutionalization of sustainable development,” in D. VanNijnatten and R. Boardman, eds. Canadian Environmental Policy: Context and Cases (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  •  Innovation, Science, and Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, 2008 – 2009 Editor (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008)
  •  “The Harper Minority Government: Second Year – Second Thoughts,” in G. Toner (ed.), Innovation, Science, and Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, 2008 – 2009 (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008), 3-29.
  •  Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. Editor (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006).
  • G. Tone and D. V. J. Bell, “New Century Ideas and Sustainable Production,” in Glen Toner (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. Editor (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006).
  • G. Tone and D. V. J. Bell r, “Whither Sustainable Production? Sustainable Enterprise and the Role of Government,” in Glen Toner (ed.) Sustainable Production: Building Canadian Capacity. Editor (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006).
  • G. Toner and C. Frey, “Governance for Sustainable Development: Next Stage Institutional and Policy Innovations,’ in G. B. Doern, How Ottawa Spends 2004-05 (Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2004).
  •  “Contesting the Green; Canadian Environmental Policy at the Turn of the Century,” in Uday Desai (ed.), Environmental Politics and Policy in Industrialized Countries (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2002), pp. 71-120.
  •  “Canada: From Early Frontrunner to Plodding Anchorman,” in William Lafferty and James Meadowcroft (eds.), Implementing Sustainable Development: Strategies and Initiatives in High Consumption Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp. 53-84.
  • G. Toner  and L. Juillet, “From Great Leaps to Baby Steps: Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Under the Liberals,” in Gene Swimmer (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1997-98: Seeing Red–A Liberal Report Card (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1997) pp.179-210.
  • “Environment Canada’s Continuing Roller Coaster Ride, ” in Gene Swimmer (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1996-1997: Life After the Cuts–Doing Less With Less (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1996), pp. 99-132.
  • G. Toner  and T. Conway,“Environmental Policy,” in G.Bruce Doern, Les Pal and Brian Tomlin (eds.) Border Crossings: Internationalization of Canadian Public Policy (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 108-144.
  • “The Fisheries Act,” “Environment Canada,” “Canada’s Green Plan,” and “Rafferty-Alameda Dams” in Robert Paehlke (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Conservation and Environmentalism (New York: Garland, 1995); pp. 218-219; 277-278; 327-328; 543-544.
  • “The Green Plan: From Great Expectations to Eco-backtracking to…Revitalization? ” in Susan Phillips (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1994-95: Ideas and Innovation (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1994), pp. 229-260.
  • G. Toner, J. Desveaux and E.Lindquist, “Organizing for Policy Innovation in Public Bureaucracy: Aids, Energy and the Environment,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, XXVII:3 (September, 1994), pp. 493-528.
  • G. Toner and G.B. Doern, “Five Policy and Political Imperatives in Green Plan Formulation: The Canadian Case,” Environmental Politics, 3:3 (Autumn, 1994), pp. 395-420.
  • “ENGOs and the Policy Process,” in Paul Griss (ed.), Environmental Groups: Adapting to Changing Times (Ottawa: NRTEE, Spring 1993), pp. 4-6.
  • “Passionate Politics: Canada’s Green Plan for Social Change?,” ECODECISION 1:1, (Spring, 1991), pp. 31-34.
  • G. Toner and G. Legare, “Canadian Energy Security: The State of Canada’s Emergency Preparedness System,” Canadian Public Administration 33:1, (Spring, 1990), pp. 67-90.
  • “The International Energy Agency and the Development of the Stocks Decision,” Energy Policy XV:1, (Jan/Feb 1987), pp. 40-58.
  • G. Toner and G.B. Doern, “The Two Energy Crises and Canadian Oil and Gas Interest Groups: A Re-examination of Berry’s Propositions,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, XIX: 3, (September, 1986), pp. 467-496).
  • “Stardust: The Tory Energy Program,” in Michael Prince (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1986-87: Tracking the Tories (Toronto: Methuen, 1986) pp. 119-149.
  • G. Toner and G.B. Doern, The Politics of Energy: The Development and Implementation of the National Energy Program (Toronto: Methuen, 1985).
  • G. Toner and G.B. Doern, “Energy Budgets and Canadian Oil and Gas Interests,” in Allan Maslove (ed.), How Ottawa Spends 1984: Sharing the Pie (Toronto: Methuen, 1985) pp. 58-90.
  • “Oil, Gas and Integration” in Jon Pammett and Brian Tomlin (eds.) The Integration Question: Political Economy and Public Policy in Canada and North America (Toronto: Addison-Wesley, 1984), pp. 226-248.
  • G. Toner and F. Bregha, “The Political Economy of Energy” in Michael Whittington and Glen Williams (eds.), Canadian Politics in the 1980s: Introductory Readings (Toronto: Methuen, 1981). Extensively Revised for the Second Edition, 1984, pp. 105-136.
  • “The Government and Politics of Canada’s North: Yukon and Northwest Territories,” in Allan Revill (ed.), The Arctic Encyclopedia (Ottawa: Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 1982).

Appointments / Activities

  • 1997-2008 re-appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Commissioner of Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD).
  • 2003-05, the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee, Environment Canada.
  • 2002-03, Facilitator and Member of Organizing Committee for the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy research program on “Ecological Fiscal Reform and Energy”.
  • 2003, the Advisory Committee for the third Natural Resources Canada Sustainable Development Strategy.
  • 2003, appointed to the Advisory Committee for the third Industry Canada Sustainable Development Strategy.
  • 2002-2006
    • Founded the SIGNALS (Students, Interested parties and Graduates, Networking And Liaising around Sustainability) Group linking SPPA graduates and students.
    • Arranged the Delphi Group Scholarship for Excellence in Research in Environment and Sustainable Development, (Chris Henderson, President of the Delphi Group) and the Resource Futures International Scholarship for Environmental Governance ( Dr. Tom Conway, President, RFI Group).