Experts to debate energy issues in Kitimat on Saturday

Current energy trends will be debated in Kitimat at the Rod and Gun on Saturday. The Kitimat Museum and Archives Kitimat Questions Energy project has invited Kathryn Harrison of the University of British Columbia and Andrew Leach from the University of Alberta to think and discuss“outside the box” thinking on the economy and the environment. The event takes place at the Rod & Gun from 2 pm to 4:30 pm., Saturday, October 4, 2014.

harrisonKathryn Harrison is the author of Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy and co-author (with George Hoberg) of Risk, Science, and Politics. She has also edited three volumes, most recently Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change (MIT Press, 2010), co-edited with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom. She has published over 50 journal articles and chapters in edited volumes.

As Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, she pursues two strands of research. The first employs comparative analysis to understand why governments adopt the policies they do. The second evaluates the efficacy of alternative policy instruments. Although Harrison’s research focuses primarily on environmental policy, she is also interested in comparisons across other policy areas, and welcomes the opportunity to work with students with other substantive policy interests.

Harrison 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. She is the 2006-2007 recipient of the Gilbert White Fellowship at Resources for the Future.

leach1Andrew Leach  is the Enbridge Professor of Energy Policy, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta, and an affiliated researcher with CIRANO and CABREE.

He writes: “I am an environmental economist, energy enthusiast, and passionate advocate for good environmental policy (read: passionate critic of bad policy)…My research interests span climate and energy economics.”

For three years he has acted as a referee for the European Economic Review, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Resource and
Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Environmental Modeling and Assessment, Climate Policy, and Energy Policy. I am currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.”

Leach is active on Twitter as @andrew_leach

(Disclaimer: I am co-curator of the Kitimat Questions: Energy exhibit and chair of the board of the directors of the Kitimat Museum and Archives)