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.



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.


-The ISEMA Executive




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. 

Click here to RSVP.


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.