University of Calgary

Gwendolyn Blue

  • Professor

Biography and Research Interests


Gwendolyn Blue is an Associate Professor in Geography with appointments in the Faculty of Science Natural Science interdisciplinary program. Before joining the Department of Geography in 2011, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, and an instructor at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Elon University. Formally trained in the field of Cultural Studies, she conducts research in three interconnected areas: 1) public controversies involving science and technology; 2) public engagement with science and technology; and 3) political, cultural and ethical dimensions of scientific and technological innovations. Her research draws on post-structuralist traditions in science and technology studies (STS) and political ecology, and has examined the politics surrounding BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), local food, climate change, wildlife management and more recently, genomic applications for environmental issues. She is currently a collaborator on a SSHRC funded project examining Alberta and British Columbia’s climate policies and a Genome Canada funded project exploring the social and policy dimensions of genomic applications for climate change adaptation in forestry (GE3LS).

For more comprehensive overview of research, see ORCID 0000-0003-3510-3248




Select publications


Blue, G, Davidson, D. 2020. Advancing a transformative social contract for environmental science: From public engagement to justice.Environmental Research Letters.

Blue G, Rock M.2020.Genomic trans-biopolitics: Why more-than-human geography is critical amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Dialogues in Human Geography 10 (2), 287 – 290.

Rock, M., Blue, G. 2020. Healthy publics as multi-species matters: solidarity with people’s pets in One Health promotionHumanities & Social Sciences Communications 7 (18)

Daub S. Blue G. Rajewitz L. Yunker Z. 2020. Episodes in the new climate denialism. In W. Carroll (ed) Regimes of Obstruction: How Corporate Power Blocks Energy Democracy. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.

Blue G. 2020. A feminist multi-species account of ecological eating. In R. Katz-Rosene and S. Martin. Green Meat? Sustaining Eaters, Animals and the Planet. pp. 150 – 165. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Blue G, Rosol M, Fast V. 2019. Justice as parity of participation: Enhancing Arnstein’s ladder through Fraser’s justice framework. Journal of American Planning Association. 85 (3), 363 – 376

Blue G. 2019. Science communication is culture: Foregrounding ritual in the public communication of science. Science Communication 41 (2),243–253 

Davidson, D, Fisher, A. Blue, G. 2019 Missed opportunities: The absence of climate change in media coverage of forest fires in Alberta. Climatic Change 153 (1 - 2): 165 - 179

Romsdal, R, Blue, G. and Kirilenko, A. 2018. Action on climate change requires deliberative framing at the local governance level. Climatic Change.

Blue, G. 2018. Scientism: A problem at the heart of formal public engagement with climate change. ACME: An international journal for critical geographies. 17 (2): 544 - 60. 

Blue, G., Daub, S., Yunker, Z., Rajewicz, L. 2018.  In the corporate interest: Fossil fuel industry input into Alberta and BC’s climate policies. Canadian Journal of Communication. 43 (1) 93 - 110 (Special issue on Corporate Power and Climate Change)

Blue, G. 2017. Reasoning together about climate change: Coproducing science and public reason in a global citizen panel. Global Society 31 (1): 83-100.

Blue, G. 2017. Participatory and deliberative approaches to climate change. Oxford Handbook of Climate Change Communication. Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Climate Science DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.397

Blue, G. 2016. Framing climate change for public deliberation: What role for the interpretive social sciences and humanities? Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 18(1): 67 - 84

Blue, G. and Dale, J. 2016. Framing and power in public deliberation with climate change: Critical reflections on the role of deliberative practitioners. Journal of Public Deliberation 12 (1), Art 2.

Blue, G. 2016. Public attunement with more-than-human others: Witnessing the life and death of Bear 71. Geohumanities 2 (1): 42-57 (Special issue on attunement)

Blue, G. 2015. Public engagement with climate change: Opening up or closing down policy options? Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 24 (2): 152 – 159. (Special issue on climate change and public engagement)

Blue, G. 2015. Representing global public concern: A critical analysis of the Danish participatory experiment on climate change. Environmental Values 24 (4): 445-464

Blue, G. 2015. Multispecies publics in the Anthropocene: From symbolic exchange to material-discursive intra-action.  Nonhuman animals in the AnthropoceneDinesh Wadiwel, Nikki Savvides, Madeleine Boyd, Matthew Chrulew, Agata Mrva-Montoya, Christopher Degeling, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (eds) Sydney University Press. 

Blue, G. and Alexander, S. 2015. Coyotes in the city: Gastro-ethical encounters in a more-than-human world. Critical Animal Geographies: Politics, Intersections and Hierarchies in a Multispecies World Eds. Katherine Gillespie and Rosemary Collard. pp. 149 - 163. London and New York: Routledge.

Blue, G. 2014. Public engagement with climate change as scientific citizenship: A case study of World Wide Views on Global Warming. Science as Culture 23 (4): 560 – 579

Blue, G and Rock, M. 2014. Animal publics: Accounting for heterogeneity in political life. Society and Animals 22 (5): 503 – 519

Rock, M., Degeling, C. and Blue, G. 2013. Toward stronger theory in critical public health: Insights from debates surrounding posthumanism. Critical Public Health, 24 (3): 337 – 348.

Blue, G. Medlock, J. and Einsiedel, E. 2012. Representativeness and the politics of inclusion. In M. Rask, R. Worthington and R. Lammi (eds) Citizen Participation in Global Environmental Governance. London and Washington: Earthscan.

Blue, G. and Rock, M. 2011.Trans-biopolitics: Complexity in interspecies relations. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Health, Medicine and Illness, 15(4): 353 - 368.

Blue, G. 2010. Food, Publics, Science. Public Understanding of Science. 19(2): 147 - 154.

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