Paul Foley

Theresa Lightfoot
December 12, 2013
Stephen Decker
December 18, 2013

Dr. Paul Foley received a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University in 2011 after receiving an MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in 2006 and a BA in History from Memorial University in 2005. His graduate training focused on international and comparative political economy, globalization, global environmental governance, and development. His recent research includes studies on transnational environmental certification and eco-labeling governance in fisheries and on the relationship between fisheries policy and community development in rural coastal regions of northern Newfoundland and southeastern Labrador. He serves on the board of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC), Food First NL (formerly called the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador), and the People and the Sea Film Festival.


PhD, Political Science, York University (2012)

MA, International Development Studies, Dalhousie University (2006)

BA (Hons) (First Class), History, Memorial University (2005)

Research Interests

International and comparative political economy; political ecology; development and environmental change (e.g. fisheries); environmental politics and policy; market-oriented environmental policy and governance (e.g. eco-certification and eco-labeling); global environmental governance.


Co-Investigator, On the Move: Employment-related Geographic Mobility (E-RGM) in the Canadian Context

Principal Investigator, Shrimp Allocation Policies and Regional Development Under Conditions of Environmental Change: Insights for Aboriginal Groups in Northern Labrador

Principal Investigator, Political Geographies of Private Governance: Legitimacy and Effects in Fisheries Certification

Principal Investigator, Capturing Value: Enhancing Sustainable Seafood Strategies in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Inshore Fishing Industry


Examples of Recent Courses Taught:

  • Political Science 2600: Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
  • Political Science 4650: Public Policy in Resource Dependent Economies
  • Environmental Policy 6003: Environmental Political Thought
  • Environmental Policy 6052: Political Economy, Political Ecology and Policy
Supervised Students

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Environmental Policy


  • Juan Pablo Catellanos-Gonzales
  • Benjamin J. Dosu
  • Banjo B. Edu
  • Jannatul Islam
  • Meghan Faught
  • Ayotunde Omosule
  • Richard Oppong-Bosomah



  • Candice Ramalho
  • Elias Mahmud Dipu
  • Yaw Adom-Frempah
  • Abayomi Ogayemi
  • Abul Fozol Muhammod Zakaria
Selected Publications

Foley, P. (in press 2018). A Coxian perspective on transnational business governance proliferation: counter-hegemonic movements in fisheries. In S. Wood, K.W. Abbott, E. Meidinger, B. Eberlein, & R. Schmidt (Eds.). Transnational Business Governance Interactions. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Foley, P., Mather, C., Dawe, N., & Snook, J. (in press 2018). Creative and constrained hybridizations in subarctic Inuit communities:  communal fishery development in Nunatsiavut, Canada. In C.P Heidkamp & J. Morissey (Eds.). Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability. Routledge.

Foley, P., & Mather, C. (2018). Ocean grabbing, terraqueous territoriality and social development. Territory, Politics, Governance. DOI: 10.1080/21622671.2018.1442245

Bennett, N., Kaplan-Hallam, M., Augustine, G., Ban, N., Belhabib, D., Brueckner-Irwin, I., Charles, T., Couture, J., Eger, S., Fanning, L.,Foley, P., Goodfellow, A. M., Harper, S., Greba, L., Gregr, E., Hall, D., Maloney, B., McIsaac, J., Ou, W., Pinkerton, E., Porter, D., Satterfield, T., Sparrow, R., Stephenson, R., Stocks, A., Sumaila, R., Sutcliffe, T., & Bailey, M. (2018). Coastal and Indigenous community access to fisheries and the ocean: a policy challenge and imperative for Canada. Marine Policy, 87, 186-193.

Foley, P., & Mather, C. (in press). Bringing seafood into food regime analysis: the global political economy of Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries. In C. Keske (Ed.). Food Futures: Growing a Sustainable Food System for Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John’s: ISER Books.

Foley, P. (2017). The territorialization of transnational sustainability governance: production, power, and globalization in Iceland’s fisheries. Environmental Politics, 26(5), 915-937.

Fox, C., van Zyll de Jong, M., Hearn, B., Moores, L., Foley, P., & Harris, D. (2016). Perspectives on implementing certification on Crown forest: the case of Newfoundland and Labrador. Forestry Chronicle, 92(4), 503-511.

Foley, P., & Mather, C. (2016). Making space for community use rights: insights from “community economies” in Newfoundland and Labrador. Society and Natural Resources, 29(8), 965-980.

Foley, P., & Havice, E. (2016). The rise of territorial eco-certification: new politics of transnational sustainability governance in the fisheries sector.Geoforum, 69, 24-33. (Open access)

Foley, P., Mather, C., & Neis, B. (2015). Governing enclosure for coastal communities: social embeddedness in a Canadian shrimp fishery. Marine Policy, 61, 390-400.

Foley, P., & McCay, B. (2014). Certifying the commons: eco-certification, privatization and collective action. Ecology and Society, 19(2), 28.

Foley, P., & Hébert, K. (2013). Alternative regimes of transnational environmental certification: governance, marketization, and place in Alaska’s salmon fisheries.Environment and Planning A, 45(11), 2734-2751.

Foley, P. (2013). National government responses to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries certification: insights from atlantic Canada. New Political Economy, 18(2), 284-307.

Foley, P. (2012). The political economy of Marine Stewardship Council Certification: processors and access in Newfoundland and Labrador’s inshore shrimp industry. Journal of Agrarian Change, 12(2&3), 436-57.