Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in comparative public policy from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1996 and my MA in political science was also from Queen’s.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow with the eco-research chair at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University (1995-1997), and an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor (1997-2000).
In 2004, I was on leave from Laurier to take up a post as visiting associate professor in the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan. In 2005, I was Visiting Fulbright Chair in Canadian Studies at Duke University.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research and publications have focused on transboundary environmental governance in North America (at bilateral Canada-U.S. and U.S.-Mexico; continental; and subnational levels). In particular, I have been interested in the operation of “transgovernmental” networks in the continental context.
I have worked on climate change and air quality issues and, more recently, on aquatic invasive species as a cross-border environmental challenge.
Much of my recent work has been done in association with the Great Lakes Policy Research Network (GLPRN), where I am a Research Partner. The GLPRN is a Canada-U.S. collaborative venture, aimed at developing new policy research infrastructure and tools for studying environmental governance and policy in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin. With colleagues, I have been working on a project which is designing governance indicators for the Great Lakes. We have produced a special issue of International Journal of Water Governance which is devoted to applying a set of governance indicators for measuring Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes.
Awards and Achievements
Wilfrid Laurier University Academic Merit Award, 2015.
Nomination, Teaching Scholar Award, Faculty of Arts, 2010.
Wilfrid Laurier University Academic Merit Award, 2009.
Wilfrid Laurier University Academic Merit Award, 2007.
Wilfrid Laurier University Students Union Teaching Excellence Award, 2007.
Canada-United States Fulbright Visiting Chair, Duke University, 2005.
Wilfrid Laurier University Academic Merit Award, 2002.
Co-Applicant (Network and Institutional Analysis team), SSHRC Partnership Development Grant: “Toward the Development of a Great Lakes Policy Research Partnership”, 2012.
Co-Applicant/Co-Organizer, SSHRC Public Outreach Grant (Canadian Environmental Issues), “Designing Integration: North American Cooperation on Climate Change Governance” 2010.
North American Linkages Grant, “Climate Change Cooperation in North America” Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 2008.
SSHRCC Standard Grant, “Economic Integration and Cross-Border Policy Convergence at the Subnational Level?: Environmental and Social Policy in the Canadian Provinces and American States, 1980-2000,” 2002.
SSHRCC Strategic Research Grant – Federalism and Federations, 2002.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of public policy, environmental policy, Canadian-American relations, cross-border diplomacy and network studies.
I have research assistantship opportunities for graduate students interested in Governance Indicators for the Great Lakes. Contact me for more information.
Robert G. Healy, Debora L. VanNijnatten and Marcela López Vallejo (2014), North American Environmental Policy: Capacity, Approaches and Transboundary Issue Management. University of Toronto Press.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2016), ed., Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy: Austerity and Ambivalence. 4th edition, Oxford University Press (publication date: Nov. 2015) [completely revised edition]
Neil Craik, Isabel Studer and Debora VanNijnatten (2013), eds., North American Climate Change Policy: Designing Integration in a Regional System. University of Toronto Press.
Debora L. VanNijnatten and Robert Boardman (2009), eds., Canadian Environmental Politics and Policy: Prospects for Leadership and Innovation. 3rd edition, Oxford University Press [completely revised edition]
Debora L. VanNijnatten and Robert Boardman (2002), eds., Canadian Environmental Policy: Context and Cases. 2nd edition, Oxford University Press [completely revised edition]
Special Journal Issues Edited
Kathryn Bryk-Friedman and Debora VanNijnatten (2016), eds., “Assessing Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Basin,” International Journal of Water Governance 1 (Jan.).
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Debora VanNijnatten and Neil Craik (2014), “Bundled Transgovernmentalism and Environmental Governance in North America” Chp.2 in Brian Bow and Greg Anderson, eds. Building without Architecture: Regional Governance in Post-NAFTA North America. Routledge.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2014), “Environmental Policy in Canada and the United States: Climate Change and Continuing Distinctiveness” in David Biette and David Thomas, eds. Differences That Count 4th ed. University of Toronto Press.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2013), “Standards Diffusion: The Quieter Side of North American Climate Policy Cooperation?” in Neil Craik, Isabel Studer and Debora VanNijnatten, eds. North American Climate Change Policy: Designing Integration in a Regional System. University of Toronto Press.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2012), “From the International Joint Commission to Copenhagen: Bilateral Environmental Management in a North American Regional Context,” in Greg Anderson and Chris Sands, Forgotten Partnership: The Canada-United States Relationship Twenty-Five Years Later. London: Ashgate.
Debora L. VanNijnatten and Neil Craik (2012), “Environment and Energy: Prospects for New Forms of Continental Governance,” in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Political Economic Turbulence. Toronto: UTP Press.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2011), “North American Environmental Regionalism: Multi-level, Bottom-heavy and Policy-led,” in Lorraine Elliot and Shaun Breslin, (eds.) Comparative Environmental Regionalism. Routledge/GARNET Series.
Douglas Macdonald and Debora L. VanNijnatten (2010), “Climate Change Policy and the North American Influence,” in Monica Gattinger and Geoffrey Hale, eds., Borders and Bridges in North America. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
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Debora L. VanNijnatten, Carolyn Johns, Kathryn Friedman, Gail Krantsberg, “Assessing Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Basin: The Role of Institutions and Networks.” International Journal of Water Governance Special issue on “Assessing Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Basin": 7-32.
Debora L. VanNijnatten (2016), “The Aquatic Invasion: Assembling Transboundary Governance Capacity for Prevention and Detection,” International Journal of Water Governance Special issue on “Assessing Adaptive Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Basin":
Neil Craik and Debora VanNijnatten (2016), “‘Bundled’ Trangovernmental Networks, Agency Autonomy and Regulatory Cooperation in North America,” North Carolina Journal of International Law Vol XLI: 1-40. In print.