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Kathryn Harrison is Professor of Political Science. She 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.
Dr. Harrison 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 Dr. 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.
Dr. Harrison is the author of the book Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy and co-author (with George Hoberg) of Risk, Science, and Politics. In addition, she has edited three volumes, the most recent of which is 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.
Dr. Harrison's awards include Fulbright Fellowships in 1999-200 and 2006-7, a Gilbert White Fellowship at Resources for the Future, the UBC Killam Research Fellowship, the KD Srivastava Prize from UBC Press, the John Vandercamp prize for the best article in Canadian Public Policy, the JCPA-APPAM prize for the best comparative paper at the APPAM annual meeting, and the Edward Clarence Dyason Fellowship at Melbourne University.
From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Harrison served as Associate Dean, Strategy and Communications, in the Faculty of Arts. Her diverse portfolio included responsibility for interdisciplinary programs, IT, implementation of online teaching evaluations, communications, collective bargaining, departmental reviews, international students, distance education, and community service programs.
She is a member of the publications board of UBC Press and has served on the editorial boards of Canadian Public Policy, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, and Regulation and Governance.
I am currently or have supervised graduate student research on a variety of topics including business-government relations, municipal climate policy, comparative pharmaceutical policy, drinking water protection, renewable energy policy, children's environmental health, endangered species legislation, welfare policy, and earthquake preparedness policy.