Explaining Variation in Oil Sands Pipeline Projects,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, May 2020, 1-20.

While the vast majority of oil pipeline projects in Canada have been successfully built, several mega oil sands projects within and passing through Canada have been cancelled or significantly delayed. This article explains why these delays and cancellations have occurred. A systematic cross-case analysis is used to provide insight into the changing politics of oil sands pipelines. Qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) is used to identify combinations of causal conditions that co-occur across cases of proposed new oil pipelines and pipeline expansion projects. The pipeline projects were proposed to the federal regulator— the National Energy Board—between 2006 and 2014. The QCA reveals that social mobilization and major regulatory barrier(s) are necessary conditions in explaining variation in pipeline project outcomes. The analysis of sufficiency reveals more complex configurations of conditions. This article contributes to the literature on the politics of oil sands pipelines by using a comparative approach to identify the impacts of socio-political and legal dynamics that have emerged around pipelines in the last 15 years.

“Orchestration” in Architectures of Earth System Governance: Institutional Complexity and Structural Transformation, edited by Frank Biermann and Rakhyun E. Kim. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming (with Kenneth W. Abbott and Steven Bernstein), April 2020

Global Business Leadership on Carbon Pricing: The Case of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC),” Environmental Governance Lab (EGL) Working Paper 2020-04, Munk School of Global Affairs, February 2020

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

Carbon Disclosure and Global Decarbonization: The Case of CDP,” Environmental Governance Lab (EGL) Working Paper Series, Munk School of Global Affairs, 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 (with Michael Faubert)

In progress

“Contesting Infrastructure – Pipeline Finance and Claim-Making” (with Sarah Martin and Kathryn Neville)

“Policy Feedbacks, Sequencing and Pacing, Oh My! The Role of Time in Energy Politics” (with Heather Millar)

“Transnational Private Rule-Makers as Lobbyists” (with Stefan Renckens and Kristen Pue)

Working papers and reports

Conceptualizing Change in the International Investment Regime Complex,” International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, 4 April 2018

Pipelines, Paris, and Decarbonization: The Future of Canadian Energy and Climate Policy, Workshop Report, Environmental Governance Lab, 2017 (with Matthew Hoffmann and Steven Bernstein)

Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), Council of Canadians, 2016 (with Sujata Dey)

“CETA and the Buy-Local Provision,” In 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,” In 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)


Interview on Canadian pipeline politics with Markham Hislop of Energi Media, 1 August 2019 (available here)