Picture of  Elizabeth Schwartz

Elizabeth Schwartz PhD, MA, BPAPM JSGS Faculty, U of S

Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Rm 154, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Climate change policy
  • Energy policy
  • Environmental policy
  • Local government and governance
  • Qualitative research methodology


Elizabeth Schwartz's primary research interests include local government decision making at the intersection of climate change policy and energy policy and local governments' decisions regarding support for or opposition to large energy development projects. Her research has been funded by a number of external granting agencies, including the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. She has disseminated her findings as publications and at numerous conferences and invited presentations in Canada and the United States

Download Elizabeth Schwartz's abridged CV.


  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BPAPM, Carleton University 

Recent Grants/Awards


  • 2015 – 2016, Sustainable Prosperity Research and Policy Network, $10,500. Project: “Green Building Policy and Density Bonusing: How Canadian cities can use market-based incentives to achieve their sustainability goals”. Co-applicants: Kathryn Harrison
  • 2010-2013, Pacific Institute of Climate Solutions (PICS). Graduate Fellowship ($54,000)
  • 2013, UBC Department of Political Science Doctoral Research Expense Fund, $2,100
  • 2007 - 2008, SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Masters level ($17,500)

Select Publications


  • Schwartz, Elizabeth. “Developing Green Cities: Explaining Variation in Canadian Green Building Policies” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Published online 18 October 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423916000846 
  • Schwartz, Elizabeth. "Local Solutions to a Global Problem? A Study of Climate Change Policymaking in Vancouver" in Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities, Benjamin J. Richardson, ed. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.

Current Courses

  • TBD

Current Research

  • Local governments' decisions regarding support for or opposition to large energy development projects - specifically pipelines and fracking operations