Joanna L. Robinson

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology

Interim Director, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs

Sociology

   C120 York Hall
   416-736-2100x88166
   joannar@yorku.ca

My research interests include social movements, labour and inequality, globalization, the environment and climate change. I completed a study of anti-water privatization movements in the U.S. and Canada and a comparative study on environmental-labour coalitions and green jobs. My current research examines workers in traditional carbon-intensive sectors and the transition to a low-carbon economy (funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant) and the changing nature of the Canadian Environmental Movement (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant).

Climate Change
Employment, Labour and Training
Environment
Globalization
Social Movements

Doctorate:
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California Berkeley

Social Movements; Labour and Work; Environment; Climate Change; Globalization; Inequality; Canada-U.S. Comparative Research

Les mouvements sociaux contre la privatisation de l’eau aux Etats-Unis et au Canada

Les mouvements sociaux et la justice climatique
 
Le travail et l’économie verte

Le mouvement écologiste au Canada

Books

Robinson, Joanna. 2013. "Contested Water: The Struggle against Water Privatization in the United States and Canada." Cambridge, MA: MIT Press   Maison d'édition 

Journal Articles

Robinson, Joanna. 2020. “Building a Green Economy: Advancing Climate Justice through Labour-Environmental Alliances.” Mobilization 25(2): 245-264.

Tindall, David, Robinson, Joanna and Mark Stoddart. 2018. “Lessons from Clayoquot Sound for the Trans Mountain Protest.” The Conversation August 27.

Tindall, David and Joanna L. Robinson. 2017. “Environmentalist Social Networks and Collective Action to Save the Ancient Temperate Rainforests of British Columbia: The Case of Clayoquot Sound.” Ecology and Society 22(1).

Robinson, Joanna, David Tindall, Erin Seldat and Gabriella Pechlaner. 2007. “Support for First Nations’ Land Claims Amongst Wilderness Preservation Movement Participants: The Potential for an Environmental Justice Movement in British Columbia”. Local Environment 12(6): 579-598.



Book Chapters

Robinson, Joanna. 2016. “Contested Water: Risk, Resilience and the Politics of Conservation” in Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Beatrice F. Frank and Manuel Vallee (eds.). Resilience, Environmental Justice and the City. New York: Routledge. 157-176.

Tindall, David and Joanna Robinson. 2015. “The Concept of Social Movement Revisited.” In Protest and Politics: The Promise of Social Movement Societies, edited by Howard Ramos and Kathleen Rodgers. Vancouver: UBC Press: 208-232. 

Tindall, D.B., Joanna L. Robinson, Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2015. “A View from Sociology: Environmental Movement Mobilization Over Old Growth Temperate Rainforests in British Columbia.” In Conflicts in Conservation: Navigating Towards Solutions, edited by Stephen Redpath, Ralph Gutierrez, Kenvi Wood, and Juliette Young. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Tindall, D.B., Joanna L Robinson, and Mark C.J. Stoddart. 2014. “Social Network Centrality, Movement Identification, and the Participation of Individuals In a Social Movement: The Case of the Canadian Environmental Movement.” In Quantitative Graph Theory: Mathematical Foundations and Applications, edited by Matthias Dehmer and Frank Emmert-Streib. Oxford, UK: Chapman and Hall/CRC. 407-424.


Other Publications

Christmas, Candice and Joanna Robinson. 2015. “Towards a Green Economy in Canada” Work in a Warming World Working Paper 2015-02. 47 pages.   

Principal’s Research Excellence Award, Glendon College, York University (2015)

Honorable Mention, Best Dissertation Award, American Sociological Association (2011)



Building a New Environmentalism: Changing Opportunities, Frames and Tactics in the Canadian Environmental Movement” SSHRC Insight Grant, Principal Investigator 2018-2021

“Working a Green Job: Workforce Development and the Experience of Workers in the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy” SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Principal Investigator 2014-2017

“Adapting Canadian Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change” SSHRC Partnership Grant, Co-Investigator  (PI, Dr. Carla Lipsig- Mummé, York University) 2014-2020

“Work in a Warming World” SSHRC Community University Research Alliance Grant, Co-Investigator (PI, Dr. Carla Lipsig- Mummé, York University) 2013-2017


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