Craig Johnson

Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x53531
MCKN 514
Education (doctoral degree): 
London School of Economics and Political Science

Find Related People by Keyword

Craig Johnson (PhD, London School of Economics, 2000) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Guelph. His research lies in the field of global environmental politics, focusing primarily on the role of cities in global climate politics, the intersection of Indigenous, extractive and environmental politics in Ecuador and the institutional foundations of rural-urban resource conflicts in South and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Johnson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental politics, sustainable development, humanitarian policy, and global environmental regimes. His research has appeared in World Development, Environmental Politics, Development and Change, the Journal of Development Studies and Global Environmental Change, among others, focusing primarily on questions of urbanization, poverty reduction and climate change.

He is author of two single-authored books: Arresting Development: The Power of Knowledge for Social Change (Routledge, 2009) and The Power of Cities in Global Climate Politics (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2018); and co-editor of two edited volumes: Policy Windows and Livelihood Futures: Prospects for Poverty Reduction in Rural India (Oxford University Press, 2006) and The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime (Routledge, 2015 and 2017).

He is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, and has taught at the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies, University College London and the University of Oxford.

  • Johnson, Craig (2018, Forthcoming) “Climate, migration and displacement: Exploring the politics of preventative action,” in R. McLeman and F. Gemenne (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Environmental Migration and Displacement New York and London: Routledge, pp. 342-55
  • Punjabi, Bharat and Craig Johnson (2018, forthcoming) “The politics of rural-urban water conflict in India: Untapping the power of institutional reform” World Development
  • Gordon, David J. and Craig A. Johnson (2018) “City-networks, global climate governance, and the road to 1.5 C,” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 30:35–41
  • Craig Johnson (2018) The Power of Cities in Global Climate Politics London and New York: Palgrave/MacMillan
  • Gordon, David J. and Craig A. Johnson (2017) “The Orchestration of Global Urban Climate Governance: Conducting Power in the Post-Paris Climate Regime”Environmental Politics VOL. 26, NO. 4, 694–714