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Gore, Christopher

Title:

Department Chair

Politics

Doctorate:

PhD (Political Science and Environmental Studies): Toronto

Office:

JOR728

Telephone:

(416) 979-5000 x 2703

Biography:

Christopher Gore is Associate Professor in, and Chair of, the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, where he is a graduate associate with the Environmental Applied Science and Management program and the PhD in Policy Studies program.  Dr. Gore holds a PhD and MA from the University of Toronto, both in Political Science and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. From 2013-16, he served as Undergraduate Program Director for both of the undergraduate programs delivered by the Department.

On 06 May 2015, Chris Gore received the Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching students from a wide variety of disciplines.

On 06 May 2015, Chris Gore received the Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching students from a wide variety of disciplines.
On 06 May 2015, Chris Gore received the Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching students from a wide variety of disciplines.

Research Interests:

Dr. Gore maintains an active research agenda relating to comparative urban and environmental politics; global environmental governance; urban and environmental policymaking and administration; the politics of infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources; and Internet governance.  His work focuses mainly on sub-Saharan Africa and North America.  In 2009, Dr. Gore received the Norton Long Young Scholar Award, presented by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, to recognize “strong scholarship at an early career stage and exceptional promise for the future.”  His PhD research, focused on the politics of energy and infrastructure in Uganda, was supported by an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award.

Present and recently completed externally-funded research projects include:

  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Comparative Urban Governance in East Africa: The case of food security”, 2012-2015.  Principal Investigator [Collaborators, Diana Lee-Smith & Davinder Lamba, Mazingira Institute, Nairobi, Kenya].
  • Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Towards a Great Lakes Policy Research Partnership”, 2012-2014.  Collaborator [Principal Investigator, Carolyn Johns, Ryerson University].
  • Geoide Networks Centres of Excellence, “Participatory Geoweb for Engaging the Public on Global Environmental Change”, 2009-2012.  Collaborator.  [Principal Investigator Renee Sieber, McGill University].
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Canadian Municipal Response to Climate Change: A longitudinal study of barriers and opportunities”, 2009-2012.  Co-investigator [Principal Investigator, Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University].

Current Courses:

Dr. Gore teaches in the following areas: international politics and development; urban politics and governance; local government; environmental politics and policy; comparative politics and policy.

Selected Publications:

  • Electricity in Africa: The Politics of Transformation in Uganda.  African Issues series.  Suffolk, UK: James Currey Ltd., 2017. 
  • Expectations of Power: The politics of state-building and access to electricity in Uganda and Ghana” (with Lauren MacLean, Jennifer Brass and Elizabeth Baldwin).   Journal of African Political Economy & Development 1 (December 2016).
  • Advances in Urban Agriculture Policy in East Africa: Learning through Comparison.” Urban Agriculture Magazine 31 (September 2016): 35-37.
  • “Public and local government leader opinions on environmental federalism: Comparing issues and national contexts” (with Sarah Mills). State and Local Government Review 48:3 (September 2016): 165-174.
  • A  Web  of  Expectations:  Evolving  Relationships  in  Community  Participatory  Geoweb  Projects”  (with  Peter  Johnson,  Jon  Corbett,  Pamela  Robinson,  Patrick  Allen  and  Renee  Sieber).  ACME:  An  International  E-Journal  for  Critical  Geographies 14:3 (2015): 827-848.
  • “Municipal  climate  reporting:  Gaps  in  monitoring  and  implications  for  governance  and  action”  (with  Pamela  Robinson).  Environment  and  Planning  C:  Government  and  Policy 33 (30 September 2015): 1058-1075.
  • "Climate Change Adaptation and African Cities: Understanding the Impact of Government and Governance on Future Action." In The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime, ed. Craig Johnson, Noah Toly, and Heike Schroeder, 205-226.  New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Getting  to  ‘Yes’:    Governing  Genetically  Modified  Crops  in  Uganda”  (with  Matthew  Schnurr).  Journal  of  International  Development 27 (2015): 55-72.
  • “Infrastructure  and  Metropolitan  Reorganization:    An  exploration  of  the  relationship  in  Africa  and  India”  (with  Govind  Gopakumar).  Journal  of  Urban  Affairs 37:5 (2015): 548-567.
  • Environmental Policy in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion” (with Emma Maack, Sarah Banas Mills, Christopher Borick, Barry Rabe). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy 10 (April 2014): 1-25. Ann Arbor, MI: Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative - Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
  • Shale  Gas  and  Hydraulic  Fracturing  in  the  Great  Lakes  Region:  Current  Issues  and  Public  Opinion”  (with  Cassarah  Brown,  Christopher  Borick,  Sarah  Banas  Mills  and  Barry  Rabe).  Issues  in  Energy  and  Environmental  Policy  9  (April2014):  1-18.  Ann  Arbor,  MI:  Energy  &  Environmental  Policy  Initiative  -  Center  for  Local,  State  and  Urban  Policy,  Gerald  R.  Ford  School  of  Public  Policy,  University  of  Michigan
  • Wind  Energy  Development  in  the  Great  Lakes  Region:  Current  Issues  and  Public  Opinion”  (with  Sarah  Banas  Mills,  Christopher  Borick,  and  Barry  Rabe).  Issues  in  Energy  and  Environmental  Policy  8  (April2014):  1-18.  Ann  Arbor,  MI:  Energy  &  Environmental  Policy  Initiative  -  Center  for  Local,  State  and  Urban  Policy,  Gerald  R.  Ford  School  of  Public  Policy,  University  of  Michigan.
  • “Temporary  Measures:  Canadian  Refugee  Policy  &  Environmental  Migration”  (with  Eric  Omeziri).  Refuge:  Canada's  Journal  on  Refugees  29:2  (2014):  43-53.
  • “Translating  strong  principles  into  effective  practice:  environmental  assessment  in  Ontario,  Canada”  (with  Beth  Savan).  Journal  of  Environmental  Planning  and  Management 58:3 (2015): 404-422.
  • “Decentralization is Dead, Long Live Decentralization! Capital City Reform and Political Rights in Kampala, Uganda” (with Nansozi K. Muwanga).  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38:6 (2014): 2201-2216.
  • “Governance and Climate Change: Assessing and Learning from Canadian Cities” (with Pamela Robinson and Richard Stren). In Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda, Volume 2. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2012 pp. 538-563.
  • Review of The New Scramble for Africa, Pádraig Carmody. [Cambridge, UK, and Maiden, MA: Polity Press, 2011]. Global Environmental Politics 12:2 (May 2012): 117-119.
  • "Strengthening capacity for sustainable livelihoods and food security through urban agriculture among HIV and AIDS affected households in Nakuru, Kenya" (with  Nancy Karanja, Fiona Yeudall, Sanwel Mbugua, Mary Njenga, Gordon Prain, Donald Cole, Aimee Webb, Daniel Sellen, and Jennifer Levy).  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 8 (2010): 40-53.
  • "The Limits and Opportunities of Networks:  Municipalities and Canadian Climate Change Policy."  Review of Policy Research 27:1 (2010): 27-46.
  • Review of The Limits of Boundaries.  Why City-Regions Cannot Be Self-Governing by Andrew Sancton.  Canadian Journal of Political Science 42:3 (September 2009): 811-813.
  • "Local Government Response to Climate Change: Our Last, Best Hope?" (with Pamela Robinson).  In Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking and Multilevel Governance, ed. Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer, 137-158.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press, 2009.
  • Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. (with Peter Stoett).  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009. 
    • “Introduction” (with Peter Stoett).  In Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. Christopher Gore and Peter Stoett, 1-12.  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009.
    • “Summary of Themes:  Moving Forward” (with Peter Stoett).  In Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. Christopher Gore and Peter Stoett, 327-331.  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009.
  • "Healthy urban food production and local government." In Healthy City Harvests: Generating Evidence to Guide Policy on Urban Agriculture, ed. Donald Cole, Diana Lee-Smith & George Nasinyama, 49-65.  Lima, Peru: CIP/Urban Harvest and Makerere University Press, 2008.
  • "Electricity and privatisation in Uganda: The origins of the crisis and problems with the response."  In Electric Capitalism:  Recolonising Africa on the Power Grid, ed. David McDonald, 359-399.  Cape Town:  Human Sciences Research Council; London: Earthscan, 2008.
  • “Environment and Development in Uganda: Understanding the Global Influence on Domestic Policy.” In Environmental management in global context: Perspectives from the South, ed. Jordi Díez & O.P. Dwivedi, 155-181. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2008.
  • “Barriers to Canadian Municipal Response to Climate Change” (with Pamela Robinson). Canadian Journal of Urban Research 14:1 (Summer 2005): 102-121.
  • “Shifts in environmental governance in Canada: how are citizen environment groups to respond?” (with Beth Savan and Alexis Morgan). Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 22:4 (August 2004): 605-619.
  • “Volunteer Environmental Monitoring and the Role of Universities: The Case of Citizens’ Environment Watch” (with Beth Savan and Alexis Morgan). Environmental Management 31:5 (May 2003): 561-568.
  • Decentralization in Global Perspective. A review of twenty-eight country experiences (with Richard Stren). Report submitted to UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya. October 2002.
  • Drinking Water Services: A Functional Review of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (with James Merritt). Commissioned Paper 5. Report submitted to the Government of Ontario, Walkerton Inquiry, 2002.
  • “Policy Implications of the Kyoto Protocol for Canada: An Overview” (with Steven Bernstein). Isuma: Canadian Journal of Policy Research 2:4 (Winter 2001): 26-36.
  • “Resource Security and the Canada-US Pacific Salmon Dispute.” Environment and Security 4 (2000): 57-72.

Professional Affiliations:

Dr. Gore serves on the editorial board of the journal, Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology, which  is the official journal of the Science, Technology and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of the American Political Science Association.  He is also Book Series co-editor [with Dr. Richard Stren (Emeritus, University of Toronto)] for a new Palgrave Macmillan book series, Urban Politics in a Global Society.

Spoken Languages:

English, French