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.