Mark C.J. Stoddart

Associate Professor

Research Interests
Environmental sociology, Social movements, Communication and culture, Tourism, sport and recreation
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-8862
Office: A-4070
Personal Profile

Dr. Stoddart`s current research orients around three main areas. 1) Relationships between offshore oil and nature-based tourism, which represent different development pathways for the North Atlantic region that often share social and ecological space, but less often share cultural or political space. 2) The possibilities and limitations for tourism development to contribute to social-ecological wellbeing for coastal communities. 3) Connections between Canadian climate change politics, social movements, and media discourse. His main areas of teaching and graduate supervision are environmental sociology, political sociology and social movements, and communications and culture.


The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic. Supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (Principal Investigator).

Regional Tourism Networks and Social-Environmental Wellbeing in Rural Coastal Communities. Supported by The Harris Centre Applied Research Fund (Principal Investigator).

Making Sense of Climate Action: Understanding Social Mobilization to Curb Anthropogenic Climate Change through Advances in Social Network Analysis. Supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator: David B. Tindall, University of British Columbia).

Perceptions of Change in Atlantic Canadian Cities. Supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator: Howard Ramos, Dalhousie University).

Perceiving Climate Variability: A Community-based Study to Identify Frameworks for Understanding and Interpretation. Supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator: Joel Finnis, Memorial University).

Building Resilient Rural Communities through Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons from the Shorefast Foundation on Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. Supported by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (Research Collaborator; Principal Investigator: Natalie Slawinski, Memorial University).

Advocacy Coalitions and Climate Policy in Corporatist and Pluralist Societies: Comparing Finland, Sweden, Canada and the UK. Supported by the Academy of Finland (Research Collaborator; Principal Investigator: Antti Gronow, University of Helsinki). This is part of the transnational COMPON (Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks) project.

Climate Change Policy Networks in World Society. Supported by University of Helsinki (Research Collaborator; Principal Investigator: Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, University of Helsinki). This is part of the transnational COMPON (Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks) project.

Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a network of 60+ researchers from across the environmental sciences and social sciences, from across Canada.


Kukkonen, Anna, Tuomas Ylä-Antilla, Pradip Swarnakar, Jeffrey Broadbent, Myanna Lahsen, Mark C.J. Stoddart (2018). "International organizations, advocacy coalitions, and domestication of global norms: Debates on climate change in Canada, the US, Brazil, and India." Environmental Science and Policy 81: 54-62.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Gary Catano, and Howard Ramos (2018). “Navigating Tourism Development in Emerging Destinations in Atlantic Canada: Local Benefits, Extra-Local Challenges.” Journal of Rural and Community Development 13(2): 57-75

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Max Chewinski, B. Quinn Burt, and Megan Stewart (2018). “Political Consumerism in the Oil and Mining Extractive Industries: Possibilities for Sustainability and Social Justice.” The Oxford Handbook of Political Consumerism. M. Bostrom, M. Micheletti, and P. Oosterveer, Eds. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190629038.013.18

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Paula Graham (2018). “Offshore Oil, Environmental Movements and the Oil-Tourism Interface: The Old Harry Conflict on Canada’s East Coast.” Sociological Inquiry 88(2): 274-296.

Potvin, Catherine, Divya Sharma, Irena Creed, Sally Aitken, Francois Anctil, Elena Bennett, Fikret Berkes, Steven Bernstein, Nathalie Bleau, Alain Bourque, Bryson Brown, Sarah Burch, James Byrne, Ashlee Cunsolo, Ann Dale, Deborah de Lange, Bruno Dyck, Martin Entz, Jose Etcheverry, Rosine Faucher, Adam Fenech, Lauchlan Fraser, Irene Henriques, Andreas Heyland, Matthew Hoffmann, George Hoberg, Meg Holden, Gordon Huang, Aerin Jacob, Sébastien Jodoin, Alison Kemper, Marc Lucotte, Roxane Maranger, Liat Margolis, Ian Mauro, Jeffrey McDonnell, James Meadowcroft, Christian Messier, Martin Mkandawire, Catherine Morency, Normand Mousseau, Ken Oakes, Sarah Otto, Pamela Palmater, Taysha Sharlene Palmer, Dominique Paquin, Anthony Perl, André Potvin, Howard Ramos, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Natalie Richards, John Robinson, Stephen Sheppard, Suzanne Simard, Brent Sinclair, Natalie Slawinski, Mark Stoddart, Marc-André Villard, Claude Villeneuve, and Tarah Wright (2017). “Stimulating a Canadian Narrative for Climate.” FACETS 2: 131-149

Stoddart, Mark C.J., David B. Tindall, Jillian Smith, and Randolph Haluza-DeLay (2017). “Does Media Visibility Amplify Political Efficacy? Climate Change Policy Networks in Canadian National News Media.” Environmental Communication 11(3): 386-400.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, and David B. Tindall (2017). “Media, Politics, and Climate Change: The ASA Task Force Report and Beyond.” Environmental Sociology 3(4): 309-320.

Broadbent, Jeffrey, John Sonnett, Iosif Botetzagias, Marcus Carson, Anabela Carvalho, Yu-Ju Chien, Christofer Edling, Dana Fisher, Georgios Giouzepas, Randolph Haluza-Delay, Koichi Hasegawa, Christian Hirschi, Ana Horta, Jun Jin, Dowan Ku, Myanna Lahsen, Ho-Ching Lee, Tze-Luen Alan Lin, Thomas Malang, Jana Ollmann, Diane Payne, Sony Pellissery, Stephan Price, Simone Pulver, Jaime Sainz, Keiichi Satoh, Clare Sanders, Luisa Schmidt, Mark CJ Stoddart, Pradip Swarnakar, Tomoyuki Tatsumi, David Tindall, Philip Vaughter, Paul Wagner, Sun-Jin Yun, and Sun Zhengyi (2016). "Conflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse." Socius 2: 1-17. Available online here. 

Ramos, Howard, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and David Chafe (2016). “Assessing the Tangible and Intangible Benefits of Tourism: Perceptions of Economic, Social, and Cultural Impacts in Labrador’s Battle Harbour Historic District.” Island Studies Journal 11(1): 209-226.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. and Paula Graham (2016). “Nature, History and Culture as Tourism Attractors: The Double Translation of Insider and Outsider Media.” Nature and Culture 11(1): 22-43.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Randolph Haluza-DeLay, and David B. Tindall (2016). “Canadian News Media Coverage of Climate Change: Historical Trajectories, Dominant Frames and International Comparisons.” Society and Natural Resources 29(2): 218-232.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Elahe Nezhadhossein (2016). "Is Nature-Oriented Tourism a Pro-Environmental Practice?: Examining Tourism–Environmentalism Alignments Through Discourse Networks and Intersectoral Relationships." Sociological Quarterly 57(3): 544-568. Available online here.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Jillian Smith (2016). “The Endangered Arctic, the Arctic as Resource Frontier: News Media Narratives of Climate Change and the North.” Canadian Review of Sociology 53(3):316-336

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Jillian Smith, and David B. Tindall (2016). “Blame Canada: Environmental Movements, National Media, and Canada’s Reputation as a Climate Villain.” A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony (pp. 250-266). W.K. Carroll and K. Sarker, Eds. ARP Books. More details are available here

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Liam Swiss, Nicole Power, and Lawrence F. Felt (2016). “Taking Care of Pets: Institutional Policies, Interpretive Frameworks, and Practices regarding Domestic Animals in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Society & Animals. Online first version, DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341425

Finnis, Joel, Atanu Sarkar, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2015). “Bridging Science and Community Knowledge? The Complicating Role of Natural Variability in Perceptions of Climate Change.” Global Environmental Change 32: 1-10.

Hroch, Petra and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2015). “Introduction: Mediating Environments.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 40(3): 295-308. Special issue on Mediating Environments, co-edited by P. Hroch and M.C.J. Stoddart.

Sodero, Stephanie, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2015). “A Topology of Diversion: Legitimating Discourses of Oil Extraction, Tourism Attraction, and Climate Action.” Environmental Sociology 1(1): 59-68.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2015). “Wilderness Revisited: Canadian Environmental Movements and the Eco-Politics of Special Places.” Protest and Politics: The Promise of Social Movement Societies (pp. 255-273). H. Ramos and K. Rodgers, Eds. Vancouver: UBC Press. More details are available here.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. and Howard Ramos (2015). “Communications Breakdown: To Move the Masses, Speak Boldly and Carry a Big Schtick.” Alternatives Journal 41(1): 71-72. This is part of a special issue devoted to the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, “Canada’s Map to Sustainability," available here.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Howard Ramos, and David B. Tindall (2015). "Environmentalists’ Media-work for Jumbo Pass and the Tobeatic Wilderness, Canada: Combining Text-centred and Activist-centred Approaches to News Media and Social Movements." Social Movement Studies 14(1): 75-91.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. and Stephanie Sodero. (2015). “From Fisheries Decline to Tourism Destination: Mass Media, Tourism Mobility and the Newfoundland Coastal Environment.” Mobilities 10(3): 445-465.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. and David B. Tindall (2015). “Canadian News Media and the Cultural Dynamics of Multilevel Climate Governance.” Environmental Politics 24(3): 401-422.

Tindall, David B., Joanna L. Robinson, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2015). “A View from Sociology: Environmental Movement Mobilisation over Old Growth Temperate Rainforests in British Columbia.” Conflicts in Conservation: Navigating Towards Solutions (pp. 152-167). S. Redpath, R. Gutierrez, K. Wood, and J. Young, Eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2014). “The Social-Cultural Impacts of Parks.” Newfoundland Quarterly 107(1): 50-52.

Tindall, David 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.” Quantitative Graph Theory: Mathematical Foundations and Applications (pp. 407-424). M. Dehmer and F. Emmert-Streib, Eds. Chapman and Hall/CRC.

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. More details are available here.

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 here.

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. 46(1): 108-124.

Stoddart, Mark C.J. (2011). “Grizzlies and Gondolas: Animals and the Meaning of Skiing Landscapes in British Columbia, Canada.” Nature and Culture. 6(1): 41-63.

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.

Recent Reports

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Gary Catano, Howard Ramos, Kelly Vodden, Brennan Lowery, and Leanna Butters (2017). Regional Tourism Networks and Social-Environmental Wellbeing in Rural Coastal Communities. Available from

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Gary Gatano (2015). Puffins, Kayaks and Oil Rigs: Shifting Modes of Society-Environment Interaction on the Newfoundland Coast. Available from

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Paula Graham (2013). Cultivating Tourism Mobility on the Burin Peninsula. Available from

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Howard Ramos, and David Chafe (2013). The Intangible Impacts of Tourism: The Battle Harbour National Historic District as a Tourism Anchor. Available at

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