She has a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Master's degrees in political science and chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in political science from UBC. She is also a Fulbright scholar. Before entering academia, she worked as a policy analyst for both Environment Canada and the United States Congress.
Dr. Harrison’s current research focuses on environmental regulation in the context of economic globalization, the efficacy of alternative policy instruments, and comparative politics of climate change. She is the author of Passing the Buck: Federalism and Canadian Environmental Policy (UBC Press, 1996), co-author of Risk, Science, and Politics: Regulation of Toxic Substances in Canada and the United States (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994), co-editor of Managing the Environmental Union (Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, 2000), and editor of Racing to the Bottom? Provincial Interdependence in the Canadian Federation (UBC Press, 2000). She has published recent articles in Global Environmental Politics, the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.