This episode of the IRPP/Policy Options podcast discusses climate change in the North, and was recorded at the Examining Institutions for Effective Climate Action conference, which was hosted at Queen’s University in December 2023. The conference brought together experts from Canada, the US and Europe to discuss different ways that institutions may be hindering climate action, and to propose strategies for better institutional design in climate policy.

In this episode, Élise Devoie, assistant professor of civil engineering at Queen’s University, presents predictions and observations on climate change in Northern Canada — a region that is heating at a significantly greater pace than the global average. She also discusses climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions for the North.

The Examining Institutions for Effective Climate Action conference was organized by Cherie Metcalf, associate professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s, and was sponsored by the Faculty of Law at Queen’s; the Energy, Environmental & Natural Resource Systems Program at Texas A&M Law; and Emory Law’s Center for Federalism & Intersystemic Governance, with financial support from the Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Élise Devoie
Élise Devoie is an assistant professor in the faculty of engineering at Queen's University. Her research focusses on responsible and productive ways to study hydrology and hydrogeology in cold regions, with a particular focus on climate change in permafrost environments.