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Dr. Angela Carter

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo

Climate emergency, climate crisis, politics and policy of climate change, oil and gas, fossil fuels


Politics and climate change expert discusses Andrew Scheer's climate plan and the future of carbon emissions in Canada

CBC News, June 19, 2019Television


Angela Carter is a professor and politics and climate change specialist at the University of Waterloo. She joins CBC News Network's Andrew Nichols to weigh in on environmental policy and the controversial government decision to approve the TMX pipeline expansion.

570 News The Mike Farwell Show, June 25, 2019Radio/Podcast


Interview begins at 77:05

How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Launch a fossil-free future

Canada's Energy-Crossroads Election

National Observer, October 18, 2019Online


Written in advance of the 2019 federal election with PhD students Truzaar Dordi and Yonatan Strauch.

Oil is On the Way Out, but NL is Going All-In

“Policy Pathways to Carbon Entrenchment: Responses to the Climate Crisis in Canada’s Petro-Provinces”

Published by Studies in Political Economy

September 22, 2018

This paper examines the diverse policy strategies that Canada’s largest oil-producing provinces have used to protect their oil sectors from constraints on emissions. Building from the literature on Canada’s staples/carbon trap, the paper explores how, over the most recent oil sector boom and bust period, Newfoundland and Labrador and Saskatchewan moved towards, but then avoided, constraining oil sector emissions. At the same time, Alberta implemented ostensibly pioneering climate policies but ultimately permitted significant emissions growth from the tar sands industry. The paper explains this variation by reviewing major institutional, interest group, and ideational conditions in each province, emphasizing the importance of non-oil interests contesting the oil sector and dominant notions of staples-led economic development.



Dr. Angela V. Carter is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo. Her current research is an international comparative project with Canadian case studies focused on understanding the political conditions fostering legislation to keep fossil fuels in the ground -- an important new approach to confronting the climate crisis. Carter has a PhD from Cornell University, and has been teaching in the field of environmental policy and politics since 2008.

Past Talks

Film screening panel

Beyond Crisis: A Screening and Community Dialogue for Climate Action

Princess Theatre, Waterloo, September 23, 2019

Climate Policy Panel

How well do the Federal Election Parties rank in terms of Climate Change?

University of Waterloo, October 10, 2019

Where Do Ontario Parties Stand on the Environment?

Kitchener, May 3, 2018

Peoples Town Hall on the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch, July 12, 2018

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Waterloo Region

Waterloo Town Square, September 8, 2018

Canada, Oil and World Politics

Balsillie School of International Affairs, February 27, 2019

Green New Deal Town Hall

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener, June 19, 2019

Pipelines, Tar Sands and the Climate

University of Waterloo, June 18, 2019

Research Grants

“Mapping the Power of the Carbon-Extractive Corporate Resource Sector”

Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Date: June 1, 2015


Partnership grant, led by William Carroll (University of Victoria) and Shannon Daub (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, BC)

"The Politics of Leaving Fossil Fuels in the Ground: Building and Testing Comparative Theory in Major Producing States"

Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Date: June 1, 2018


Principal investigator, Insight Development Grant


  • Climate emergency
  • Climate crisis
  • Politics and policy of climate change
  • Oil and gas
  • Fossil fuels


  • Cornell University

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