Mark C.J. Stoddart

Professor (Ph.D. University of British Columbia)

Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars

Research Interests

Environment & society, Social movements & political sociology, Communication & culture, Sustainable tourism

Contact Information

Ph: 709-864-8862
Office: A-4070

Personal Profile

Professor Stoddart's research, teaching, and student supervision orients around eco-politics, social movements, and environmental governance in relation to climate change, oil and energy, and tourism development. By making connections across local, national, and cross-national levels of analysis, his work is lauded as “essential reading” for social-ecological sustainability.


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

Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in Resource-Rich Communities: Comparative Cases from the Global South and High North. SSHRC Insight Grant (Co-Investigator; Principal Investigator: Nathan Andrews, University of Northern British Columbia).

Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI): Designing Safe, Sustainable and Inclusive Coastal Communities and Industries for Atlantic Canada.

Co-lead of the Canadian team of COMPON: Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks.

Associate Editor, Environmental Sociology.

Treasurer, International Sociological Association RC24: Environment and Society.

Climate Social Science Network.

GREEN-SORT: Global Research and Engagement Network for Socially Responsible Transitions.

Recent Publications


Slawinski, Natalie, Brennan Lowery, Ario Seto, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Kelly Vodden (Eds) (2023). Revitalizing PLACE through Social Enterprise. Memorial University Press.

Tindall, David, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Riley E. Dunlap (Eds) (2022). Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Alice Mattoni, and John McLevey (2020). Industrial Development and Eco-Tourisms: Can Oil Extraction and Nature Conservation Co-Exist? Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Howe, Adam C., David B. Tindall, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2023). “Drivers of Tie Formation in the Canadian Climate Change Policy Network: Belief Homophily and Social Structural Processes.” Social Networks 75: 107-117.

Koop-Monteiro, Yasmin, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and David B. Tindall (2023). “Animals and Climate Change: A Visual and Discourse Network Analysis of Instagram Posts.” Environmental Sociology 9(4): 409-426.

Stackhouse, Matthew, Howard Ramos, Karen Foster, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2023). “Perceptions of Local Environment Change and Ecological Habitus.” Environmental Sociology 9(4): 445-462.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Karen Foster, Howard Ramos, and Tuomas Ylä-Anttila (2023). “Framing Climate Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Competing Crises?” Environmental Communication 17(3): 276-292.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., David B. Tindall, Maria Brockhaus, and Marlene Kammerer (2023). “Conference of the Parties Meetings as Regularly Scheduled Critical Events for Global Climate Governance: Reflecting on COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact.” Society & Natural Resources 36(4): 442-450.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Yixi Yang (2023). “What are the Roles of Regional and Local Climate Governance Discourse and Actors? Mediated Climate Change Policy Networks in Atlantic Canada.” Review of Policy Research 40(6): 1144-1168.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Yixi Yang, and Cole Atlin (2023). “Regionalizing the Sustainable Development Goals: Interpretations of Priorities and Key Actors for Creating Sustainable Island Futures.” Ecology and Society 28(2): 4. Available open access.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., and Cole Atlin (2022). “Hydroelectricity, Environmental Governance, and Anti-Reflexivity: Lessons from Muskrat Falls.” Water 14(13): 1992. Available open access.

Vilá, Olivia, Joel Finnis, Marilyn Koitnurm, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Atanu Sarkar (2022). “Climate Autobiography Timeline: Adapting Timeline Research Methods to the Study of Climate Perceptions.” Weather, Climate, and Society 14(3): 893-904.

Selected Reports

Funke, Laura, Yixi Yang, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2023). Regional Climate Policy Networks and Media Discourse: Multilevel Climate Governance and Climate Justice in Atlantic Canada. Available from

Atlin, Cole, and Mark C.J. Stoddart (2020). Governance in Times of Crisis: The Muskrat Falls Case. Available from the Harris Centre.

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Karen Foster, Howard Ramos, and Tuomas Ylä-Anttila (2020). COVID-19 & Climate Change Media Discourse: Research Brief. Available from 

Stoddart, Mark C.J., Cole Atlin, and Gillian Davis (2020). The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic. Available from