Professor

Kathryn Harrison is Professor of Political Science. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Political Science from MIT, and a PhD in Political Science from UBC.

Dr. Harrison studies environmental, climate, and energy policy, federalism, and comparative public policy. She is the author of the book Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy and co-author of Risk, Science, and Politics. In addition, she has edited or co-edited several volumes, including Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, and Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change. She has published over 50 chapters in edited volumes and journal articles, including in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Global Environmental Politics. Her google scholar profile can be found here.

Harrison is a regular commenter in print and broadcast media, and has written numerous op-eds published in the Vancouver Sun, Globe and Mail, and Macleans. She has advised local, provincial, and national governments.

Kathryn Harrison tweets at @khar1958.

Harrison was UBC’s acting Dean of Arts from 2016 to 2017, Senior Associate Dean, faculty and equity from 2015 to 2018, and Associate Dean, strategy and communications from 2008 to 2011. She has served on the editorial/publication boards of UBC Press, Canadian Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Regulation and Governance.

Dr. Harrison’s awards include Fulbright Fellowships in 1999-200 and 2006-7, a Gilbert White Fellowship at Resources for the Future, the UBC Killam Research Fellowship, the KD Srivastava Prize from UBC Press, the John Vandercamp prize for the best article of the year in Canadian Public Policy, the JCPA-APPAM prize for the best comparative paper at the APPAM annual meeting, the Edward Clarence Dyason Fellowship at Melbourne University, and the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society’s Just Desserts Award for contributions to student life at UBC.

Dr. Harrison welcomes opportunities to work with students with broad policy interests.  She has supervised graduate theses on diverse policy fields, including climate change, endangered species, drinking water protection, toxic substances, agriculture, education, welfare, and earthquake preparedness.

Before beginning an academic career, Harrison worked as an engineer in the oil industry, a public servant for the government of Canada and the US Congress, and a journalist.

Dr. Harrison is on administrative leave in 2018-9, during which time she will be a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa, University of Melbourne, and European University Institute.  She will return to teaching in September 2019.

I am currently or have supervised graduate student research on a variety of topics including business-government relations, municipal climate policy, comparative pharmaceutical policy, drinking water protection, renewable energy policy, children’s environmental health, endangered species legislation, welfare policy, and earthquake preparedness policy.

Recent Publications

Books

Passing the Buck:  Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy, (Vancouver, UBC Press, 1996).

Risk, Science, and Politics:  Regulating Toxic Substances in Canada and the United States, (Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994), with George Hoberg.

Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), co-edited with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.

Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005). – Edited

Managing the Environmental Union, (Kingston: Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, 2000), co-edited with Patrick Fafard.

Select Journal Articles

“International Carbon Trade and Domestic Climate Politics,” Global Environmental Politics, 15 (2015): 27-48.

“Federalism and Climate Policy Innovation: A Critical Reassessment,” Canadian Public Policy 39 (2013): S95-S108.

“Multilevel Governance and American Influence on Canadian Climate Policy: The California Effect vs. the Washington Effect,” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 32.2 (2012).

“Historical Legacies and Policy Reform: Diverse Regional Reactions to BC’s Carbon Tax,” BC Studies 173 (2012): 95-120, with Chelsea Peet.

“A Tale of Two Taxes: The Fate of Environmental Tax Reform in Canada,” Review of Policy Research 29 (2012): 383-407.

“The Comparative Politics of Carbon Taxation,” Annual Review of Law and Society, 26 (2010): 1-23.

“The Influence of Institutions on Issue Framing: Children’s Environmental Health Policy in the United States and Canada,” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 11 (2009): 287-307, coauthored with Katherine Boothe.

Canada’s Voluntary ARET Program: Limited Success despite Industry Co-Sponsorship,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 26 (2007): 755-773, with Werner Antweiler.

“Protecting Endangered Species in the US and Canada: The Role of Negative Lesson Drawing,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 40 (2007): 367-394, with Mary Illical.

“The Road not Taken: Climate Change Policy in Canada and the United States,” Global Environmental Politics, 7 (2007): 92-117.

“Incentives for Pollution Abatement: Regulation, Regulatory Threats, and Non-Governmental Pressures,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 22 (2003): 361-82, coauthored with Werner Antweiler.

“Toxic Release Inventories and Green Consumerism: Empirical Evidence from Canada,” Canadian Journal of Economics, 36 (2003): 495-520, with Werner Antweiler.

“Talking with the Donkey:  Cooperative Approaches to Environmental Protection,” Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2 (1998): 51-72.

“Is Cooperation the Answer?  Canadian Environmental Enforcement in Comparative Context,” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 14 (1995):  221-245.

Select Book Chapters

Kathryn Harrison, “Natural Resources, Federalism, and the Canadian Economy,” in Peter Loewn, Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, Sophie Borwein, and Andrew Potter, editors, Canada and its Centennial and Sesquicentennial: Transformative Policy Then and Now, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in press.

Kathryn Harrison, “The Challenge of Transition in Liberal Market Economies: The United States and Canada,” in Kurt Heubner, ed., National Pathways to Low Carbon Economies, Routledge, in press.

Kathryn Harrison and Sophie Harrison, “A Carbon Constrained Future,” in Philippe Tortell, Margot Young, and Peter Nemetz, eds, Reflections of Canada: Illuminating our Opportunties and Challenges at 150+ Years, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017.

Kathryn Harrison, “Regulatory Excellence and Democratic Accountability, in Cary Coglianese, ed. Achieving Regulatory Excellence, Washington, DC: Brookings, 2017.

Kathryn Harrison and Tyler Bryant, “The Provinces and Climate Policy,” in Christopher Dunn, ed., The Provinces: Canadian Provincial Politics, 3d ed., Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

Environmental Regulatory Incentives Underlying Canadian Industrial Performance,” in Zhiqi Chen and Marc Duhamel, eds., Industrial Organization in Canada: Empirical Evidence and Policy Challenges, (Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011), coauthored with Werner Antweiler.

“Introduction: Global Commons, Domestic Decisions, in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), cauthored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.

“The United States as Outlier: Economic and Institutional Challenges to US Climate Policy,” in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).

“The Struggle of Ideas and Self-Interest in Canadian Climate Policy,” in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010).

“Conclusion: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change,” in Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010), cauthored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom.

“Multilevel Governance and Carbon Pricing in Canada, the United States, and the European Union,” in Thomas Courchene, ed., Canada: The State of the Federation 2009 – Carbon Pricing and Environmental Federalism. (Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010).

“Challenges and Opportunities in Canadian Climate Policy,” in Steven Bernstein, Jutta Brunnee, David G. Duff, and Andrew Green, eds., A Globally Integrated Climate Policy for Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).

“Intergovernmental Regulation and Municipal Drinking Water,” in Bruce Doern and Robert Johnson eds., Rules, Rules, Rules: Multilevel Regulatory Governance in Canada, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006), coauthored with Carey Anne Hill.

“Provincial Interdepence: Concepts and Theories” in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).

“Follow the Leader and Dominoes: Games Provinces Play in Tobacco Taxation,” in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).

“Races to the Bottom vs. Races to the Middle: Minimum Wage Setting in Canada,” in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005), coauthored with David Green.

“Are Canadian Provinces Engaged in a Race to the Bottom? Evidence and Implications,” in Kathryn Harrison, ed., Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005).

Others

“The Political Economy of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax,” OECD Environment Working Paper 63 (October 2013).