Since May 2020, the ISEMA Executive and the Editorial Board have worked diligently to bring together the journal’s 14th volume. This year, ISEMA received 18 nominated papers from the 2019-2020 academic year written by students at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. Each of the nominated papers was thoughtful, persuasive, and exceptionally well-written. Following a rigorous double-blind peer-review process, we have selected four papers for publication in this year’s edition. Each paper offers a unique perspective on topics within the energy, environment, and innovation sectors.
- Silke Popescu examines the political challenge of energy transitions through a hybrid framework that combines the multi-level perspective and framing strategies. Popescu explores the dominant framing strategies used by both niche and regime actors in the sphere of energy transitions in Canada. While findings suggest that a transition is underway, niche actors are currently not taking advantage of more effective framing strategies that could facilitate this transition.
- Samantha Jarvis explores the design and implementation of the Ontario Cyber Security Framework. To address its aging electricity grid and increased demand for electrical energy, Ontario has chosen to modernize the grid through increased use of smart grid applications. While bulk-system assets are required to comply with cyber security standards, a consistent set of standards for non-bulk transmitters and distributors did not exist in Ontario. Jarvis examines the aspects of the Ontario Cyber Security Framework that contributed to its successful movement through the policy cycle, including problem identification, instrument choice, policy design, implementation and evaluation.
- Patrick Russell explores how urban agriculture can help alleviate water scarcity in water-stressed regions by shifting production to urban spaces and increasing efficiencies. This exploration opens with describing and defining the scope of water scarcity and water stress to present a case for how urban agriculture can address water stress. Russell conducts a systematic review of how water efficiency and clean technology options are embraced, explores the barriers to adopting urban agricultural systems, and evaluates real-world policy options for adopting water-efficient agriculture in urban settings.
- Leia Jones compares the governance structures of two protected areas on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Jones outlines the importance of biodiversity and protected areas for ecosystem preservation before exploring the management of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park. A comparative analysis of the two regions demonstrates how different epistemologies shape perceptions and definitions of biodiversity and the ultimate outcomes that ultimately implicate biodiversity management. Jones assesses which of the analyzed epistemologies is more conducive to enhanced biodiversity management.
The ISEMA Executive and the Editorial Board would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all those who graciously volunteered their time and effort to the internal and external review processes. You have played an integral role in publishing this year’s edition. To the authors, we would like to thank you for your unwavering dedication and enthusiasm throughout the review and editing processes – congratulations on your well-deserved achievement. The Executive and Board would also like to thank Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration for their continued support. We hope you enjoy this edition of ISEMA and come away having gained new perspectives.