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

Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan; Fedoruk Fellow, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

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

Areas of Interest

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


Elizabeth Schwartz's research centres on green municipal policy. She explores local government decision-making at the intersection of climate change policy and energy policy. Her current projects examine the role of municipal environment departments in local climate change mitigation policy, density bonusing in achieving environmental policy goals, and intergovernmental relations in local climate change policy. She is also engaged in collaborative research on the implications of trade agreements for the adoption of green and socially oriented procurement at the local level.

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  • PhD in Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • MA in Political Science, University of Toronto
  • BPAPM, Public Affairs and Policy Management, 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

Select Publications

Articles/Book Chapters

  • Schwartz, Elizabeth. “Developing Green Cities: Explaining Variation in Canadian Green Building Policies” Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(4), 621-642. 
  • 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.

Non-Peer Reviewed Work

Current Courses