ISEMA Volume 14 has Launched!

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.

JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF ISEMA VOL. 14!

You are invited to join us in launching the most recent publication of Carleton University’s ISEMA: Perspectives on Innovation, Science and Environment. The student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal is launching its 14th edition. ISEMA showcases some of the very best work from SPPA students in the fields of innovation, science and environmental policy from 2019-2020 courses. Instructions regarding how to purchase hard copies of the journal are provided below, but this publication will be available online on the ISEMA website by the end of February. 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Monday, February 1st, 2021

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm EST

Location: This event will be held virtually on Zoom. Please register to receive a link to access the event.

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HOW TO PURCHASE A HARD COPY OF THE JOURNAL

Hard copies of the journal are available for a minimum donation of $10 per copy. Please note that you will be responsible for any shipping costs if you are not in the Ottawa area. The final day to place your order is midnight on February 10th. Please place your order and we will follow-up with payment (and, if applicable, shipping information) after February 10th.

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ISEMA Vol. 12 has Launched!

For the last five months, the ISEMA executive and editorial board have been hard at work bringing together ISEMA Volume 12. Our editorial process began when we received 12 outstanding papers written by graduate students in the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Following ISEMA’s rigorous double-blind peer-review process, we selected four papers for publication in the 2018–2019 edition. Volume 12 comprises papers written during the 2017–2018 academic year. Each paper offers a unique perspective to ongoing debates within the energy and environmental sector:

  • Travis Dagg explores and analyzes a Canadian energy and climate paradox: How can the federal government support meaningful GHG emissions reductions while encouraging the development of the Canadian oil sands for export? Dagg contextualizes this paradox by exploring political, legal and technical dimensions, as well as implications for Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Josh Russell re-examines the development of Ontario’s electricity system through the multi-level perspective, challenging the conventional narrative by including an evaluation of Indigenous participation. Using the MLP, Russell shows how shifting regime and niche dynamics within a changing landscape transformed Indigenous participation. He also highlights the barriers Indigenous communities still face today.
  • Gabrielle Morrison analyzes the elements that led to the relative success of the Montreal Protocol, arguing for a reconceptualization of the framework within which international climate change policy is crafted.
  • Grace Martin, in her second consecutive year as a published ISEMA author, critically examines Bill C-68 An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in Consequence by evaluating the opportunities and challenges associated with meaningful integration of Indigenous knowledge and participation in the Fisheries Act.

The Editorial Board would like to thank all participants in the external and internal review process for dedicating their time and focus to the publishing of this collaborative endeavour. The board would also like to thank Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration for their continued support of ISEMA.

JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF ISEMA VOL. 12!

You are invited to join us in launching the most recent publication of Carleton University’s ISEMA: Perspectives on Innovation, Science and Environment. The student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal is launching its 12th edition. ISEMA showcases some of the very best work from SPPA students in the fields of innovation, science and environmental policy from 2017-2018 courses. Hard copies of the journal will be available at the event for purchase. We hope to see you there!

Event details:

Date: Friday, November 16

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Happy Goat Coffee, 35 Laurel Street

Please RSVP here.

ISEMA Vol. 11 – That’s a Wrap!

On November 10, 2017 students, professors, and alumni came out to celebrate the publication of the 11th edition of ISEMA: Perspectives on Innovation, Science and the Environment. Since 2006 the journal has been showcasing the best student work from Carleton in innovation, science, environmental and sustainable energy policy and after a long summer, the ISEMA Executive was incredibly happy to contribute to the journal’s continued publication.

Volume 11 – which includes papers from both the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years – covers a number of topics within a Canadian context, including sustainability, the environment, climate change, and energy. Grace Martin systematically examines the role of policy networks with regards to the implementation and modernization of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. David Chan meticulously explores the circumstances under which two separate National Energy Board redesigns took place, and questions the authority, legitimacy, and responsibility of these processes. Jonathan Lippett contextualizes Canada’s cleantech industry, evaluates it in its present state, and assesses the federal government’s strategy for supporting it via regulatory, microeconomic, and macroeconomic measures. Sasha Hanson Pastran uses social movement theory to illustrate the role of direct action in renewable energy transitions, as it relates to the lead up to the 2015 Conference of the Parties and the eventual signing of the Paris Agreement. Finally, Zak Jacques conducts a comprehensive assessment of contemporary climate, energy, and environmental policy in Canada by exploring the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Each paper provides its own unique value and perspective to this year’s edition.

The ISEMA Executive would like to congratulate the authors Grace Martin, David Chan, Jonathan Lippett, Sasha Hanson Pastron and Zak Jacques on their great work, as well as thank the professors of the Sustainable Energy program for all their continued support and enthusiasm.

A special thanks to the external reviewers, Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, Pressed for providing an amazing space for the launch, and all those who came out to help us celebrate. Without your continued support the journal would not be possible!

To purchase your copy of ISEMA, please visit the Office of the School of Public Policy and Administration, Room 5224, Richcraft Building.

Copies are $10.00.

If you are interested in contributing to Volume 12, please contact Travis Dagg at trdagg@hotmail.com.

Thanks!

-The ISEMA Executive

 

 

JOIN US FOR THE LAUNCH OF ISEMA VOL. 11!

You are invited to join us in launching the most recent publication of ISEMA:Perspectives on Innovation, Science and the Environment. The student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal is launching its 11th edition, which showcases some of the very best work from SPPA’s Sustainable Energy Policy’s 2015-2017 courses. Hard copies of the journal will be available at the Launch Event for purchase.

Event details
Date: Friday, November 10th    
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Location: Pressed Ottawa, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa
 
Light refreshments will be served. Wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at the bar. 

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ISEMA VOL.11: COMING SOON

We are excited to announce that preparations for the 11th edition of ISEMA are well underway! Stay tuned for more information.

If you are interested in volunteering as a reviewer please contact the Editor-in-Chief at trdagg@hotmail.com.

In the meantime, check out the 10th edition of ISEMA below.