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Mark Stoddart

Mark CJ Stoddart

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of British Columbia)


CSA Environmental Research Caucus Profile

Sociological Specialties/Areas of Interest

  • Environmental sociology
  • Social movements
  • Communication and culture
  • Recreation, sport and tourism

Dr. Stoddart’s research encompasses three inter-related areas: the political ecology of nature tourism and outdoor sport, media representations of environmental conflict, and the cultural dynamics of environmental movement participation.  He is currently the Principal Investigator on two SSHRC-funded research projects. The first project, “Puffins, Kayaks and Oil Rigs: Shifting modes of society-environment interaction on the Newfoundland coast” examines how social practices of nature tourism and outdoor recreation are reshaping cultural conceptions of the Newfoundland coastal environment. The project also pays particular attention to the tensions between tourism and the offshore oil industry, which offer divergent models for society-environment interaction. The second project, “Canadian News Media and Climate Change Discourse Networks, 1997-2010,” adds to our understanding of climate change policy-making by focusing on mass media discourse related to climate change, as well as the network of actors that gain access to media coverage of climate change policy debate. This research is linked to the international COMPON (Comparing climate change policy networks) research project (


Selected Publications

  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2013). "It's the Largest, Remotest, Most Wild, Undisturbed Area in the Province': Outdoor Sport and Environmental Conflict in the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Nova Scotia." Social Transformation in Rural Canada: Community, Cultures, and Collective Action (pp. 327-345). J.R. Parkins and M.G. Reed, Eds. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. and Howard Ramos (2013).  "Going Local: Calls for Local Democracy and Environmental Governance at Jumbo Pass and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area." Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 5(1): 229-252
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2012). Making Meaning out of Mountains: The Political Ecology of Skiing. UBC Press.  More details are available at:
  • Stoddart, Mark C. J. , David B. Tindall, and Kelly L. Greenfield (2012). "'Governments have the Power'? Interpretations of Climate Change Responsibility and Solutions among Canadian Environmentalists." Organization and Environment 25(1): 39-58.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2011). “Constructing Masculinized Sportscapes: Skiing, Gender and Nature in British Columbia, Canada.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2011). “Grizzlies and Gondolas: Animals and the Meaning of Skiing Landscapes in British Columbia, Canada.” Nature and Culture. 6(1).
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2011). "If We Wanted to be Environmentally Sustainable, We'd Take the Bus": Skiing, Mobility and the Irony of Climate Chage. Human Ecology Review 18(1): 19-29.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2011) "Leisure, Nature and Environmental Movements in the Mass Media: Comparing Jumbo Pass and the Tobeatic Wilderness Area, Canada." Leisure Studies 30(4): 407-422.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. and MacDonald, Laura (2011). "'Keep it Wild, Keep it Local': Comparing News Media and the Internet as Sites for Environmental Movement Activism for Jumbo Pass, British Columbia." Canadian Journal of Sociology 36(4): 313-335.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. and David B. Tindall (2011). “Eco-feminism, Hegemonic Masculinity and Environmental Movement Participation in British Columbia, Canada, 1998-2007: ‘Women always Clean Up the Mess.’” Sociological Spectrum. 31(3): 342-368.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. and David B. Tindall (2010). “Feminism and Environmentalism: Perspectives on Gender in the British Columbia Environmental Movement.” BC Studies 165: 75-100.
  • Stoddart, Mark C.J. and David B. Tindall (2010). “‘We’ve also become Quite Good Friends’: Environmentalists, Social Networks and Social Comparison in British Columbia, Canada.” Social Movement Studies 9(3): 253-271.