Adam M. Wellstead
Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Social Sciences
- PhD, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 2006
After a 15 year career with the Canadian federal government (Natural Resources Canada) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I was happy to make a mid-career shift and join the Department of Social Sciences. My background in policy and public management will contribute to the research and teaching in the Environmental Policy Program. My research interests include investing multi-level governance arrangements in the natural resource sector, measuring policy capacity and evidence based policy-making, understanding place-based policy, and developing theories of the policy process. I enjoy developing and conducting (primarily online) surveys and undertaking structural equation modeling using LISERL.
I particularly enjoy collaborating with a number of scholars across North America and internationally. I look forward to continuing involvement in these distant networks as well as establishing local contacts and working with the many leading scholars at MTU. This term I am teaching the university-wide Institutions (UN2002) course and enjoy making an important contribution to the overall educational experience for undergraduate students of all disciplines.
One of the factors motivating to come to MTU are the outdoor recreational opportunities. I am an avid runner and look forward to logging many thousands of miles (both running and skiing) on the many trails throughout the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- Policy Capacity
- New Governance Arrangements
- Survey Research
- Policy Process Frameworks
Areas of Interest
- Canadian Energy and Environmental Issues
- Climate Change Adaptation
- Oil Sands Development
- Forest Policy
- Canadian history
Peer Reviewed Publications (Since 2011)
- Carson, D. and A. Wellstead. (Accepted) Policy Work at Risk: The Case of the Northern Territory, Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration.
- Evans, B. and A. Wellstead. (Accepted) Tales of Policy Estrangement: Non-governmental Policy Work and Capacity in Three Canadian Provinces. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research.
- Wellstead, A. and R. Stedman. (Accepted) Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change Policy: Integrating Public Management and Public Policy Studies. International Journal of Public Administration.
- Veselý, A., Wellstead. A. and B. Evans. (Accepted) Comparing sub-national policy workers in Canada and the Czech Republic: Who are they, what they do, and why it matters? Policy and Society.
- Howlett, M., Tan, S. Migone, A., Wellstead, A. and B. Evans. (Accepted) Policy Formulation and the Tools of Policy Appraisal: The Distribution of Analytical Techniques in Policy Advisory Systems Public Policy and Administration.
- Petersen, B. and A. Wellstead. 2014. Responding to a Forest Catastrophe: The Emergence of New Governance Arrangements in Southern California. ISRN Economics.
- Wellstead, A. Rayner, J. and M. Howlett. 2014. Beyond the Black Box: Forest Sector Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation to Climate Change in North America. Environmental Science and Policy. 35. 109–116
- Rayner, J., K. McNutt and A. Wellstead. 2013. Dispersed Capacity and Weak Coordination: The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada's Forest Policy Sector. Review of Policy Research. 30:1. 66–90.
- SS5350 (Environmental Policy Analysis)
- SS5318 (Public Sector Management)
- SS4636 (The Modern State and Governance)
- FW3110 (Natural Resources Policy)
- UN2002 (Institutions)
- SS3410 (World Resources and Development)