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Peter Stoett

Dean and Professor

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 415
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5856


Dr. Peter Stoett's main areas of expertise include international relations and law, global environmental politics, and human rights; he is especially interested in critical perspectives on the many nuanced intersections between these themes. Current research focuses on transnational environmental crime, marine pollution prevention, climate justice, and Canadian-American environmental relations. He has also worked extensively on biodiversity conservation, and genocide and war crimes prevention and punishment.

Prior to joining Ontario Tech University, Dr. Stoett was Director of the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre, and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Québec.

Dr. Stoett has written, co-written and co-edited more than 10 books and more than 55 peer reviewed articles, chapters in edited books, and occasional papers. He has conducted research in Europe (including the Balkans), eastern, southern and western Africa, central America and Asia, and has worked closely with many institutions including the United Nations (UN), the Canadian government and the Hague Institute for Global Justice.

From February to April 2017 he was a Provost Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, Australia; from April to June 2016 he was a Leverhulme Visiting Scholar in Climate Justice at Reading University, U.K.; from April to July 2013 he was an Erasmus Fellow and taught at the International Institute for Social Studies at the Hague, Netherlands; and from January to June, 2012 he was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian-American Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Canada Institute, in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on transborder environmental relations. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Earth Systems Governance Project of the Future Earth research consortium and an Expert Member of the Commission on Education and Communication of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Dr. Stoett has also taught senior graduate courses at the UN-mandated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica and the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies/Scuola di Dottorato, in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy.


  • MA, Political Studies and International Development University of Guelph
  • PhD, Political Studies and International Relations Queen's University

Research and expertise

Research interests:

  • transnational environmental crime
  • climate and environmental justice
  • biodiversity conservation
  • genocide, war crimes, and international courts
  • marine pollution prevention
  • conceptualizing sustainable futures

2016 to 2018: Co-applicant, SSHRC Community and College Social Innovation Fund, “Food justice and sustainability: mobilizing new technologies to transform cities and build communities of change.”

2016 to 2020: Co-applicant, SSHRC Insight Grant, “Botanic Gardens as Actors in Global Environmental Governance.”

2014 to 2016: Co-applicant, Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies, Regroupement stratégique: “Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science.”

2016: Co-applicant, SSHRC Connections Grant, “Global Diplomacy in the Digital Age: Decoding How Technology is Transforming International Relations."

2016: SSHRC Connections Grant, “Avoiding Catastrophe: Linking Armed Conflict, Harm to Ecosystems, and Public Health.”

2008 to 2011: SSHRC Standard Research Grant: “Bioinvasion and Global Environmental Governance: the Transnational Policy Network on Invasive Alien Species.”


  • Selected publications

    P. Stoett and O. Temby, eds., Regional Transnational Networks and Governance: Towards North American Environmental Policy? Albany: SUNY Press, 2017.

    A. Sens and P. Stoett, Global Politics: Origins, Currents, Directions. Fifth Edition. Scarborough: ITP Nelson, 2013. (First Edition, 1998, Second Edition, 2001, Third Edition 2005, Fourth Edition 2010).

    P. Stoett, Global Ecopolitics: Crisis, Governance, and Justice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

    C. Gore and P. Stoett, eds., Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues. Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2009.

    E. Laferrière and P. Stoett, eds., International Ecopolitical Theory: Critical Reflections. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006.

    P. Stoett, Human and Global Security: An Exploration of Terms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

    E. Laferrière and P. Stoett, International Relations Theory and Ecological Thought: Towards Synthesis. London: Routledge, 1999.

    P. Stoett, The International Politics of Whaling. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1997.

  • Selected recent conference publications

    “People and Plastic: The Oceans Plastic Crisis, Global Governance, and Development Norms.” Presented to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, Fordham University, New York City, June 18, 2016.

    “Marine Obligations Ergo Omnes: Reducing the Plastic Heritage of Humankind.” Presented to the Global Governance Reform Initiative: Oceans Governance Conference at the Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague, Netherlands, April 1, 2016.

    “Greening the Grey Zone: Global Wildlife Crime Enforcement and Sustainable Development.” Presented to the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, June 13, 2015.

    “Codifying Ecocide or Promoting Environmental Justice: Towards a More Effective Contribution from Global Governance.” Presented to the 2015 Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Ottawa, June 2, 2015.

    “Ecocide, Transnational Environmental Crime, and Global Governance.” Presented to The Hague Roundtable Program, The Road to Lima: Climate Governance, Adaptation and Technological Responses, Hague Institute for Global Justice, Netherlands, November 6, 2014.

    “A Mid-Range Theoretical Framework: The Internet in International Relations.” With Ehsan Torkamanzechi. Presented to the World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Montreal, July 20 to 24, 2014.

    “Natural Resources, Atrocity, and Transitional Justice.” Presented to the Fulbright Symposium on Sustainability and Human Rights, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability and Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and Fulbright Canada, November 21 to 22, 2013.