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Laurie Adkin, PhD, MA, BA Hons



Political Science

About Me

Laurie Adkin grew up in Ontario and Saskatchewan, completed graduate studies in Ontario, and held a post-doctoral position in France before coming to Alberta in 1991. 

 She completed her doctorate in Political Studies in 1989 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her first field of specialization (through her BA Hons., MA, and Ph.D. programs) was the Comparative Politics of Developing Societies, with area studies including Latin America and East Africa. Her second field was the Comparative Politics of Industrialized Societies, with area specializations in British and Italian politics. At the doctoral level she made a research shift to the study of social movements in the context of the advanced capitalist societies of Europe and North America. By tutoring in the new Women’s Studies Program at Queen’s University, and through various research project choices, she also studied feminist theory.

 From January 1990 to June 1991 she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherches en Sciences Sociales de Travail, Université de Paris XI, Paris, France. In 1991 she was hired at the University of Alberta, where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts. From January to May 1998, she was a Visiting Professor at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologiques, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. Research in France in 2005 looked at the relations between Les Verts--viewed as a prototypical "post-modern" party--and social movements. 

 Dr. Adkin teaches in the fields of Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, and Canadian Politics (environmental policy, Alberta politics), as well as in the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies BA program. (This program is offered jointly by the Faculties of Arts, Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and Native Studies.)  

 Dr. Adkin’s areas of research include political ecology, climate change policy, and democratic theory. However, she has also published work on social movement theory, ecology and political economy, and comparative family policy. Her current research focuses on the implications of federal and provincial “innovation” investment for knowledge production and the transition to a post-carbon economy.


Dr. Adkin's current areas of research include political ecology, Canadian climate change policy, and democratic theory. However, she has also published work on social movement theory, political economy, and comparative family policy. 

2015- Collaborator in Mapping Corporate Power (SSHRC Partnership Grant) project, based at the University of Victoria, BC, and involving scholars from multiple universities, four research think-tanks, and indigenous partners. I am in the process of developing a research proposal related to the influence of petro-state imperatives on university research. Collaboration on other dimensions of the power and influence of large corporations in the energy sector are anticipated.

2015- Member of RePublicU, Critical University Studies Research Cluster with Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) funding, based at the University of Alberta. This group organized a roundtable on November 6, 2015, in the context of Academic Freedom Week, with British scholar, Thomas Docherty. The topic was “Shaping the Post-Neoliberal University.” RePublicU has also created a website with a public facing side and has organized two roundtables for the Canadian Sociology Association’s 2016 conference on “Critical University Studies as Pathways to a Post-Neoliberal University” (May 31, 2016, University of Calgary).

2011-14 Co-investigator in an interdisciplinary research cluster Citizen and Stakeholder Roles in Public Consultations funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (University of Alberta), involving five researchers from two universities and two RAs. This group published a comparative analysis of public and stakeholder consultation processes used by the provincial government in three areas of environmental policy. 

2010-14 Collaborator in the Alberta Climate Dialogue Community-University Research Alliance [SSHRC funded), including membership in the Coordinating Group and leadership of the Social Change (16 meetings in 2011-12 alone) and Policy Outcomes research group. I was involved in the drafting of the initial application, in preparation of the materials for the Edmonton Citizens’ Panel on Energy Transition and Climate Change, and attended many meetings to develop the research tools and questions for the Edmonton Citizens Panel as well as workshops on the research outcomes of the CURA over the five-year lifespan of the project. In 2013-2014 I co-edited ABCD’s Research Notes series. For examples, see:


Current teaching roster

Pol S 235 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Pol S 333 Ecology and Politics

Pol S 429 Government and Politics of Alberta

Pol S 486 Issues in European Politics: The Populist Far Right 

Pol S 600 Ph.D. Seminar on Comparative Politics: Methods and Theories (co-instructor)

Pol S 690 Ph.D. Seminar on Gender and Politics (occasional co-instructor)