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International environmental politics and human rights powerhouse Peter Stoett, PhD, is changing the social justice landscape. Renowned for his tireless advocacy of social inclusion and sustainable development initiatives, he is passionate about promoting interdisciplinary research to mitigate critical issues. His diverse personal research agenda focuses on transnational environmental crime, marine pollution prevention, climate justice, and Canadian-American environmental relations. He has also worked extensively on genocide and war crimes prevention and punishment. On the global stage, he is collaborating on the development of a flagship United Nations (UN) publication, Global Environmental Outlook, and recently co-developed two UN-based MOOCs with the UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya. While in Tasmania on a recent sabbatical, he worked on marine plastic pollution prevention policies. Dr. Stoett also helped establish Future Earth, a major research consortium housed by Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. At UOIT, he aims to expand graduate and post-doctoral programs in burgeoning areas including environmental criminology, as well as undergraduate programs linked to sustainability studies, and to reaffirm the strong role of humanities in a highly technological age by exploring the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and mass surveillance. Previously, Dr. Stoett was Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montréal. He has taught in many countries including Costa Rica, Italy, the Netherlands, and England, as well as at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, and several Ontario universities. He has written, co-written and co-edited more than 10 books including the best-selling international relations textbook Global Politics; published over 50 journal articles and chapters in edited books. An early introduction to George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian image of the future prompted his lifelong interest in themes of state power and legitimacy, democracy and human rights, and resistance to oppression. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in International Development and Canadian Government and Politics from the University of Guelph. Inspired by the birth of his first child, he moved into the study of global environmental sustainability and received his Doctorate in Political Studies from Queen's University in 1994.

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Global Contributor, GEO-6

January 1, 2015

Nominated by the Government of Canada to contribute to the United Nations Environment Programme's flagship publication Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), Dr. Stoett is a Global Contributor in Governance, Outlooks and Policy sections as well as Regional Contributor/Lead Author in the Regional Assessment for North America. He is also the Co-ordinating Lead Author on the Biodiversity section for the Global Report due in 2018.

Taskforce Leader, Conceptual Foundations, Earth System Governance Platform

February 1, 2016

Dr. Stoett serves as a Co-convener of the Earth Systems Governance Representations of and Rights for the Environment Workgroup.

Alumni Council Member, Fullbright and U.S. State Department International Visitor's Program

January 1, 2013

Appointed to the Alumni Council of the Fulbright and U.S. State Department International Visitor’s Program of United States Consulate in Montréal.

Distance Mentor, University of Sussex, Brighton

January 1, 2012

Funded by the university's Institute of Development Studies, Dr. Stoett provides mentorship for Support to Improve Climate Research and Information Systems in South Asia.

Working Group Member, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

January 1, 2012

Dr. Stoett has been appointed to the Working Group on Invasive Alien Species Indicators, Biodiversity Indicators Partnership with the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Sustainable Cities Advisory Committee Member, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy

January 1, 2009

Dr. Stoett was appointed to the Sustainable Cities Advisory Committee of McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, Montréal.

Editorial Board Member, Islamabad Law Review

December 31, 1969

Dr. Stoett is an Editorial Board Member for Review of Policy Research: the Politics and Policy of Science and Technology; International Wildlife Law and Policy; Islamabad Law Review (International Islamic University, Pakistan).

Queen's University

PhD - International Relations; Comparative Politics of Developing Countries

University of Guelph

MA - International Development; Canadian Government and Politics

University of Guelph

BA (Honours) - Political Studies (Major), History (Minor)

Harvard University

Certificate - Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership
  • Botanic Gardens as Actors in Global Environmental Governance

    $230000  | January 1, 2016

    Awarded by: SSHRC Insight Grant
    This four-year research project focuses on the role of botanic gardens in communities around the world. The research will explore how botanic gardens are interacting with each other, assess their scientific potential and output, as well as whether they can be used as agents of change.

  • Canadian Association of the Club of Rome

  • Pugwash Canada Group

  • Commission on Education and Communication, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

  • Alumni Council of the Fulbright and U.S. State Department International Visitor’s Program, United States Consulate in Montréal

  • Sustainable Cities Advisory Committee, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

  • Scientific Council, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention Centre, Faculty of Law, University in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • Media appearances

    Environmental policy expert weighs in on iceberg break off Antarctica
    UOIT News online

    July 13, 2017

    On July 12 scientists from U.K.-based research team Project MIDAS announced that a one trillion-tonne iceberg broke off the Antarctic peninsula. The iceberg is 5,800 square km —larger than Prince Edward Island—and its volume is twice that of Lake Erie. The news has researchers not only wondering about the long-term impact of the break (also known as ‘calving’), but also about what the future holds for Antarctic research and policy.

    Distinguished academic leader and sustainable development advocate appointed new Dean of Social Science and Humanities
    UOIT News online

    March 3, 2017

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology announces the appointment of Peter Stoett, PhD, as Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, effective Monday, July 17. Dr. Stoett is a highly respected academic leader, program builder, mentor and champion of social inclusion and sustainable development initiatives. He joins the university after teaching at Concordia University in Montreal.

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Earth Law, and Environmental Justice: Integrating Knowledge and Reconceptualising Law and Governance

      Montréal, Québec
      May 24, 2017

      57th Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

    • Taskforce on Conceptual Foundations, Earth Systems Governance Representations of and Rights for the Environment Workgroup

      Montréal, Québec
      April 13, 2017

      Future Earth and UNESCO Partners

    • Responses to Transnational Environmental Crime

      Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
      September 12, 2017

      Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania

    • Governing the Plastic Plague

      Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
      March 29, 2017

      Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

    • People and Plastic: The Oceans Plastic Crisis, Global Governance, and Development Norms

      Fordham University, New York City, New York
      June 18, 2016

      2016 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System

    • Marine Obligations Ergo Omnes: Reducing the Plastic Heritage of Humankind

      The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague, Netherlands
      April 1, 2016

      Global Governance Reform Initiative: Oceans Governance Conference

    • Greening the Grey Zone: Global Wildlife Crime Enforcement and Sustainable Development

      The Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands
      June 13, 2015

      2015 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System

    • Codifying Ecocide or Promoting Environmental Justice: Towards a More Effective Contribution from Global Governance

      University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario
      June 2, 2015

      2015 Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association

    • A Mid-Range Theoretical Framework: The Internet in International Relations

      Montréal, Québec
      July 20, 2014

      International Political Science Association World Congress

    • Bioinvasion Policy Integration in North America and Europe

      Madrid, Spain
      July 4, 2012

      International Political Science Association World Congress

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