James Meadowcroft holds a Canada Research Chair in Governance for Sustainable Development and is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and in the Department of Political Science, at Carleton University. His research focuses on reforms to structures and processes of governance to promote transitions towards sustainability. He has written widely on governance for sustainable development, environmental politics and policy, and on energy and climate policy, including recent work on carbon capture and storage, smart grids, the development of Ontario’s electricity system, the politics of socio-technical transitions, and negative carbon emissions.
Meadowcroft obtained his honours BA in Political Science from McGill University in 1985 and his D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University in 1991. He taught for many years in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, before taking up his current appointment at Carleton in 2004. He has served as co-editor of the International Political Science Review (1999-2007) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Ideologies (2006-). He holds an honorary doctorate from the University Tampere in Finland.
Publications related to CCS include:
- Kern, F., James Gaede, James Meadowcroft and Jim Watson, ‘The political economy of carbon capture and storage: An analysis of two demonstration projects’, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, doi 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.09.010.
- J. Meadowcroft, Exploring negative territory: carbon dioxide removal and climate policy initiatives, Climactic Change (2013), DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0684-1.
- Torvanger and J. Meadowcroft, The political economy of technology support: Making decisions about CCS and low carbon emission energy technologies, Global Environmental Change 21 (2) (2011): 303-312.
- K. Backstrand, J. Meadowcroft and M. Oppenheimer, The Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage: Framing an Emergent Technology, Global Environmental Change 21 (2) (2011): 275-281.
- J. Meadowcroft and M. Hellin, Policy making in the indeterminate world of energy transitions: carbon capture and storage as energy transition or enhanced carbon ‘lock in’, in G. Toner, L. Pal and M. Prince (eds.), Policy: From Ideas to Implementation, McGill Queens University Press, 2010, pp. 232-256.
- James Meadowcroft and Oluf Langhelle (eds.), Caching the Carbon: the Politics and Policy of Carbon Capture and Storage, Edward Elgar, 2009/2010, (Hb and Pb: pp. 300), (ISBN: 978-1-84844-412-6 and 978-0-85793-387-4)