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Christopher Gore

EducationPhD (Political Science and Environmental Studies): Toronto
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 552703

Spoken Languages

English, French


Christopher Gore is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, where he is a graduate associate with the Environmental Applied Science and Management program and the PhD in Policy Studies program.  Dr. Gore holds a PhD and MA from the University of Toronto, both in Political Science and Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. Dr. Gore served as Department Chair from July 2016 to July 2020 and, from 2013-16, as Undergraduate Program Director for both of the undergraduate programs delivered by the Department.

On 06 May 2015, Chris Gore received the Slobodan Drakulic Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching students from a wide variety of disciplines.

  • Genetically Modified Crops and Gender Relations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Critical Review” (with Matthew Schnurr, Lincoln Addison, and Sylvia Bawa).  Journal of Development Perspectives, forthcoming
  • “Women’s Empowerment in Africa: Critical reflections on the Abbreviated Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (A-WEAI)” (with Lincoln Addison, Matthew Schnurr, Sylvia Bawa, and Sarah Mujabi-Mujuzi).  African Studies Review 64:2 (June 2021): 276-291.
  • Field research and Covid-19 in East Africa: Ethical and pragmatic challenges for research design, data collection and equity, external link, opens in new window” (with Jennifer Brass, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Alesha Porisky). Digital Fieldwork, external link, opens in new window, 30 January 2021.
  • “Agency and climate governance in African cities: Lessons from urban agriculture.” In Urban Climate Politics, ed. Jeroen van der Heijden, Harriet Bulkeley, Chiara Certomà, 190-209. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Political Autonomy and Resistance in Electricity Sector Liberalization in Africa, external link” (with Jennifer Brass, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Lauren MacLean). World Development 120 (August 2019): 193-209.
  • How African Cities Lead: Urban Policy Innovation and Agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi, external link.” World Development 108 (August 2018): 169-180.
  • Electricity in Africa: The Politics of Transformation in Uganda, external link.  African Issues series. Suffolk, UK: James Currey Ltd., 2017. 
  • “Expectations of Power: The politics of state-building and access to electricity in Uganda and Ghana” (with Lauren MacLean, Jennifer Brass and Elizabeth Baldwin). Journal of African Political Economy & Development 1 (December 2016).
  • “Advances in Urban Agriculture Policy in East Africa: Learning through Comparison.” Urban Agriculture Magazine 31 (September 2016): 35-37.
  • “Public and local government leader opinions on environmental federalism: Comparing issues and national contexts” (with Sarah Mills). State and Local Government Review 48:3 (September 2016): 165-174.
  • A  Web  of  Expectations:  Evolving  Relationships  in  Community  Participatory  Geoweb  Projects, external link” (with Peter  Johnson, Jon Corbett, Pamela Robinson, Patrick Allen and Renee Sieber). ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 14:3 (2015): 827-848.
  • “Municipal  climate  reporting:  Gaps  in  monitoring  and  implications  for  governance  and  action” (with  Pamela  Robinson).  Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 33 (30 September 2015): 1058-1075.
  • "PDF fileClimate Change Adaptation and African Cities: Understanding the Impact of Government and Governance on Future Action, external link." In The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime, ed. Craig Johnson, Noah Toly, and Heike Schroeder, 205-226.  New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • “Getting  to  ‘Yes’:    Governing  Genetically  Modified  Crops  in  Uganda”  (with  Matthew  Schnurr).  Journal  of  International  Development 27 (2015): 55-72.
  • “Infrastructure and Metropolitan  Reorganization: An exploration  of the relationship in Africa and India” (with Govind  Gopakumar). Journal  of  Urban  Affairs 37:5 (2015): 548-567.
  • Environmental Policy in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion, external link” (with Emma Maack, Sarah Banas Mills, Christopher Borick, Barry Rabe). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy 10 (April 2014): 1-25. Ann Arbor, MI: Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative - Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
  • Shale  Gas  and  Hydraulic  Fracturing  in  the  Great  Lakes  Region:  Current  Issues  and  Public  Opinion, external link”  (with Cassarah  Brown, Christopher Borick, Sarah Banas Mills and Barry Rabe).  Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy 9 (April 2014): 1-18.  Ann  Arbor, MI: Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative - Center  for Local, State and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public  Policy, University of Michigan.
  • Wind Energy Development in the Great Lakes Region: Current Issues and Public Opinion, external link” (with Sarah Banas Mills, Christopher Borick, and Barry Rabe). Issues in Energy and Environmental  Policy 8 (April 2014): 1-18. Ann Arbor, MI: Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative - Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
  • “Temporary Measures: Canadian Refugee Policy & Environmental  Migration” (with Eric Omeziri). Refuge: Canada's Journal on Refugees 29:2 (2014): 43-53.
  • “Translating strong principles into effective practice: environmental assessment in Ontario, Canada” (with Beth Savan). Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 58:3 (2015): 404-422.
  • “Decentralization is Dead, Long Live Decentralization! Capital City Reform and Political Rights in Kampala, Uganda” (with Nansozi K. Muwanga).  International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38:6 (2014): 2201-2216.
  • “Governance and Climate Change: Assessing and Learning from Canadian Cities” (with Pamela Robinson and Richard Stren). In Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda, Volume 2. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2012 pp. 538-563.
  • Review of The New Scramble for Africa, Pádraig Carmody. [Cambridge, UK, and Maiden, MA: Polity Press, 2011]. Global Environmental Politics 12:2 (May 2012): 117-119.
  • "Strengthening capacity for sustainable livelihoods and food security through urban agriculture among HIV and AIDS affected households in Nakuru, Kenya" (with  Nancy Karanja, Fiona Yeudall, Sanwel Mbugua, Mary Njenga, Gordon Prain, Donald Cole, Aimee Webb, Daniel Sellen, and Jennifer Levy).  International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability 8 (2010): 40-53.
  • "The Limits and Opportunities of Networks:  Municipalities and Canadian Climate Change Policy." Review of Policy Research 27:1 (2010): 27-46.
  • Review of The Limits of Boundaries. Why City-Regions Cannot Be Self-Governing by Andrew Sancton. Canadian Journal of Political Science 42:3 (September 2009): 811-813.
  • "Local Government Response to Climate Change: Our Last, Best Hope?" (with Pamela Robinson).  In Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking and Multilevel Governance, ed. Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer, 137-158.  Cambridge, MA:  MIT Press, 2009.
  • Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. (with Peter Stoett).  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009. 
    • “Introduction” (with Peter Stoett).  In Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. Christopher Gore and Peter Stoett, 1-12.  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009.
    • “Summary of Themes:  Moving Forward” (with Peter Stoett).  In Environmental Challenges and Opportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. Christopher Gore and Peter Stoett, 327-331.  Toronto:  Emond Montgomery, 2009.
  • "Healthy urban food production and local government." In Healthy City Harvests: Generating Evidence to Guide Policy on Urban Agriculture, ed. Donald Cole, Diana Lee-Smith & George Nasinyama, 49-65.  Lima, Peru: CIP/Urban Harvest and Makerere University Press, 2008.
  • "Electricity and privatisation in Uganda: The origins of the crisis and problems with the response."  In Electric Capitalism:  Recolonising Africa on the Power Grid, ed. David McDonald, 359-399.  Cape Town:  Human Sciences Research Council; London: Earthscan, 2008.
  • “Environment and Development in Uganda: Understanding the Global Influence on Domestic Policy.” In Environmental management in global context: Perspectives from the South, ed. Jordi Díez & O.P. Dwivedi, 155-181. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2008.
  • “Barriers to Canadian Municipal Response to Climate Change” (with Pamela Robinson). Canadian Journal of Urban Research 14:1 (Summer 2005): 102-121.
  • “Shifts in environmental governance in Canada: how are citizen environment groups to respond?” (with Beth Savan and Alexis Morgan). Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 22:4 (August 2004): 605-619.
  • “Volunteer Environmental Monitoring and the Role of Universities: The Case of Citizens’ Environment Watch” (with Beth Savan and Alexis Morgan). Environmental Management 31:5 (May 2003): 561-568.
  • Decentralization in Global Perspective. A review of twenty-eight country experiences (with Richard Stren). Report submitted to UN-Habitat, Nairobi, Kenya. October 2002.
  • Drinking Water Services: A Functional Review of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (with James Merritt). Commissioned Paper 5. Report submitted to the Government of Ontario, Walkerton Inquiry, 2002.
  • “Policy Implications of the Kyoto Protocol for Canada: An Overview” (with Steven Bernstein). Isuma: Canadian Journal of Policy Research 2:4 (Winter 2001): 26-36.
  • “Resource Security and the Canada-US Pacific Salmon Dispute.” Environment and Security 4 (2000): 57-72.

Dr. Gore maintains an active research agenda relating to comparative urban and environmental politics; global environmental governance; urban and environmental policymaking and administration; the politics of infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources; and Internet governance.  His work focuses mainly on sub-Saharan Africa and North America.  In 2009, Dr. Gore received the Norton Long Young Scholar Award, presented by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, to recognize “strong scholarship at an early career stage and exceptional promise for the future.”  His PhD research, focused on the politics of energy and infrastructure in Uganda, was supported by an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award.

Present and recently completed externally-funded research projects include:

  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Comparative Urban Governance in East Africa: The case of food security”, 2012-2015.  Principal Investigator [Collaborators, Diana Lee-Smith & Davinder Lamba, Mazingira Institute, Nairobi, Kenya].
  • Partnership Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Towards a Great Lakes Policy Research Partnership”, 2012-2014.  Collaborator [Principal Investigator, Carolyn Johns, Ryerson University].
  • Geoide Networks Centres of Excellence, “Participatory Geoweb for Engaging the Public on Global Environmental Change”, 2009-2012.  Collaborator.  [Principal Investigator Renee Sieber, McGill University].
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Canadian Municipal Response to Climate Change: A longitudinal study of barriers and opportunities”, 2009-2012.  Co-investigator [Principal Investigator, Pamela Robinson, Ryerson University].

Dr. Gore teaches in the following areas: international politics and development; urban politics and governance; local government; environmental politics and policy; comparative politics and policy.

Dr. Gore serves on the editorial board of the journal, Review of Policy Research: The Politics and Policy of Science and Technology,, external link which  is the official journal of the Science, Technology and Environmental Politics (STEP) section of the American Political Science Association.  He is also Book Series co-editor [with Dr. Richard Stren (Emeritus, University of Toronto)] for a new Palgrave Macmillan book series, PDF fileUrban Politics in a Global Society.