Joanna L. Robinson

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

School of Public and International Affairs


   C120 York Hall

My research interests include climate change, just transition, social movements, labour and inequality, globalization, environmental politics and social policy. 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

Social Policy
Environmental Politics
Social Movements

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

Social Movements;  Climate Change; Just Transition; Labour and Work; Environmental Politics; Inequality; Canada-U.S. Comparative Research; Social Policy and Well-being Frameworks


Tienhaara, Kyla and Joanna Robinson (eds.). 2022. Routledge Handbook on the Green New Deal. New York: Routledge.

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

Allan, Kori and Joanna Robinson. 2022. “Working Towards a Green Job? Autoworkers, Climate Change and the Role of Collective Identity in Union Renewal." Journal of Industrial Relations 64(4). 

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. 2022. “Jobs, Justice and the Green New Deal.” in Kyla Tienhaara and Joanna Robinson (eds.). Routledge Handbook on the Green New Deal. New York: Routledge.

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 2018-2023

“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