Research

My research investigates how civil society actors interact with state and non-state actors in key areas of our political economy like energy, climate change and trade. In my doctoral research — supervised by Dr. Steven Bernstein and Dr. Kate Neville — I study the governance, evolution and outcomes of contested energy infrastructure projects in Canada. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.

My research interests more generally include global energy politics, international political economy, and international trade and investment. Below are some of my recent contributions.

Publications

What Kind of Civil Society? Debating Trade at the WTO Public Forum,” Journal of  World Trade 52(1): 113–142, 2018 (co-authored with Erin Hannah, James Scott and Rorden Wilkinson)

Carbon Disclosure and Global Decarbonization: The Case of CDP,” Environmental Governance Lab (EGL), University of Toronto, 2017

TTIP, ‘Truth’ and the Future of Global Trade” (Review of TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership by Ferdi de Ville & Gabriel Siles-Brügge), Global Justice 10(1), 2017

Regulatory Harmonization in International Trade: A Categorical or Conditional Imperative?” University of Toronto Journal of Political Science 1(1): 41-7, 2016 (co-authored with Michael Faubert)

Conference papers

“Explaining Variation in Contentious Energy Infrastructure Project Outcomes in Canada,” 2019 International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, 27-30 March

Conceptualizing Change in the International Investment Regime Complex,” International Studies Association, 4 April 2018

Policy analysis and opinion  

Redrawing the Battle Lines in the Fight over Canada’s Price on Carbon,” OpenCanada, 14 March 2019 (with Scott Janzwood)

Will Science-Based Targets Save Us? Insights from the Global Food Industry,” Global Policy Next Generation Opinion, 5 February 2019 (with Caitlin Scott)

Getting Socially Progressive Trade Right: How Canada ought to approach trade and gender with the Pacific Alliance,” The Signal Board, Canadian International Council, 6 March 2018 (with Erin Hannah)

Regulatory Harmonization in International Trade: A Categorical or Conditional Imperative?” Global Policy Opinion, 26 July 2016 (with Michael Faubert)

Reports

“CETA and the Buy-Local Provision,” Making Sense of the CETA: An Analysis of the Final Text of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Ed. Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew and Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, September 2014

“Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights,” Progress on Women’s Rights — Missing in Action: A Shadow Report on Canada’s Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform  for Action, prepared by a network of NGOs, trade unions and independent experts, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, October 2014

Trade Reform and the Development Deficit,” Institutional Reform Goals Project by Academics Stand Against Poverty, 2014 (Discussion Paper)