Christopher Gore is Associate Professor in 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. He is Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, with responsibility for both of the undergraduate programs delivered by the Department.
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.
Dr. Gore is presently the Chief Editor of the journal, Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology. The journal 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.
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].
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.
- “Municipal climate reporting: Gaps in monitoring and implications for governance and action” (with Pamela Robinson). Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, forthcoming.
- “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, forthcoming.
- “Getting to ‘Yes’: Governing Genetically Modified Crops in Uganda” (with Matthew A. 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. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12180 (29 December 2014).
- “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 & 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. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.859572
- “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