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Stephanie Sodero



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Research interests

Climate change
Environmental sociology
Urban issues



Master of Science, Geography University of Oxford, 2010
Master of Environmental Studies Dalhousie University, 2001
Bachelor of Arts, Honours Environmental Studies and English Trent University, 1999



Dr. Mark Stoddart


Thesis title

The social-ecological resilience of transport mobility networks: Lessons from Hurricanes Juan and Igor


Research description

In recent years, record-breaking hurricanes made landfall in Newfoundland (Igor 2010) and Nova Scotia (Juan 2003). In recognition of the hurricanes’ severity, the names ‘Juan’ and ‘Igor’ were retired by the World Meteorological Organization. Specific to mobility, road, marine, air, and rail networks experienced severe damage, disrupting numerous systems, including emergency services, commercial operations, and personal transport. These impacts brought daily life to a standstill. Taken-for-granted practices became concerted efforts, and the human relationship with the surrounding environment was disrupted. In some cases, alternate transport mobility networks (i.e. helicopters, off-road vehicles, boats, and simply people carrying other people) emerged, while in other cases immobility emerged as the best or only option. In my doctoral research, I explore both short-term coping mechanisms and longer-term policy implications of these two hurricanes in terms of mobility. Specifically, I ask: How do disruptions to transport mobility networks caused by hurricanes highlight areas of social-ecological resilience and vulnerability?


Select publications


  • Stoddart, M. and Sodero, S. 2013. From Fisheries Decline to Tourism Destination: Mass Media, Tourism Mobility, and the Newfoundland Coastal Environment. Mobilities. In press.
  • Sodero, S. 2011. Policy in motion: Reassembling carbon pricing policy development in the personal transport sector in British Columbia. Journal of Transport Geography 19: 1474-1481.


  • Sodero, S. 2012. Oil, ecotourism and climate change: The political economy of Newfoundland, 1992-2010. Report in preparation for Dr. Mark Stoddart, Memorial University for the SSHRC-funded project ‘Puffins, kayaks and oil rigs: Shifting modes of society-environment interaction on the Newfoundland coast.’ St. John's: Memorial University.
  • Sodero, S., Garrison, L. and Powley, J. 2008. Nova Scotia Green Mobility Strategy. Halifax, NS: Ecology Action Centre.
  • Sodero, S. 2007. Moving on the Economy. Chapter in Pathways to Sustainable Prosperity in Nova Scotia. Halifax, NS: Ecology Action Centre.