University of Calgary

Gwendolyn Blue

  • Associate Professor

Research Interests

My research examines public controversies that involve science and technology, with the view to develop a better understanding of the complex relations among science, publics and democracy. I am situated in the Environmental Humanities, and draw on Science, Technology and Society studies (STS), cultural studies of science and critical political ecology perspectives. Research methods include discourse and interpretive policy analysis. Research areas include food safety, human - animal relations and public engagement with climate change. New research area examines the social contexts surrounding the application of genomic technologies for climate change adaptation. I am currently a co-lead on a Calgary Institute of Humanities research group on Genomics, Bioinformatics and the Climate Crisis.

Recent select publications

Journal articles

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. 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

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.

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

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. 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.

Blue, G. 2009. Branding beef: marketing, food safety and the governance of risk. Canadian Journal of Communication, 34 (2): 229 - 244.

Blue, G. 2009. The politics and possibilities of locavores: situating food sovereignty in the turn from government to governance. Politics and Culture, 2. Available on-line at:

Blue, G. 2008. If it ain’t Alberta, it ain’t beef: local food, regional identity, (inter)national politics. Food, Culture, Society, 11(1): 69 - 85.

Book chapters

Blue, G. (forthcoming). From facts to frames: Examining dominant and alternative meanings of climate change in public deliberation initiatives. In L. Hansen (ed). Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue. Edmonton, AB. Athabasca University Press.

Blue, G. 2015. Multispecies publics in the Anthropocene: From symbolic exchange to material-discursive intra-action.  Nonhuman animals in the Anthropocene. Dinesh 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. 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. 2007. The beef / cattle industry. In The Business of Food:  Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries. ed. G. Allan and K. Albala. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing  Group.

Blue, G. 2006. Organic foods. Encyclopedia of American Social Issues. Ed. J. Ciment  Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe.

 Book reviews

 Blue, G. 2016. The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World (Jon O’Riordan and Robert William Sandford) Alberta Views.

Blue, G. 2009. Tourism as activism: a review of P. Pezzullo's Toxic Tourism. Cultural Studies 23 (5): 903 - 905. 

Blue, G. 2008. Thinking with networks: a review of A. Galloway and E. Thacker’s The Exploit. Science and Public Policy 35 (6): 459 - 460.

Blue, G. and Rock, M. 2008. Review of Sarah Franklin’s Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 12 (1): 133 – 135.

Blue, G. 2005. Luce Irigaray & The Way of Love. Culture Machine. Available online at:

Minor articles / reports / conference proceedings

Blue G, 2014. Water in a Changing Climate: Citizen Report. Prepared for Water in a Changing Climate citizen dialogue.

Blue, G and Navid, E. 2014. Water in a Changing Climate: Participant Handbook. Prepared for Water in a Changing Climate Citizen Dialogue, February 22, 2014.

Blue, G. and Medlock, J. 2013. Scientific citizenship, public engagement and climate change. Quality, Honesty, and Beauty in Science and Technology Communication. PCST Book of Papers. Edited by M. Bucchi and B. Trench. pp. 72 – 76

Blue, G. 2010. Copenhagen: One month later. Reflections on the outcome of UN climate negotiations. The Edmonton Journal. January, 11. Available on-line at:

Kelly, R., Blue, G., Einsiedel, E; Medlock, J. 2009. World Wide Views on Global Warming Video. Rob Kelly Production. Available at:

Einsiedel, E; Blue, G., Medlock, J. 2009. Citizen perspectives on climate change: Policy recommendations from World Wide Views Canada, Calgary, Alberta, October.

Blue, G. 2009. Canadian Foreign Policy: Citizens before politicians. The Mark. Nov. 24.   


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