Nathan Lemphers

SPI Pre-Doctoral Fellow, 2018-2019

Nathan is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research looks at the impact of the fossil fuel industry on climate change policy in advanced, liberal democracies and is funded by a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation scholarship and the SSHRC CGS doctoral scholarship.

Beyond his own research, Nathan is a research assistant at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Environmental Governance Lab, where he has studied fossil fuel subsidy reform initiatives and German energy policy. Recently, Nathan was a Junior Fellow at Massey College, where he was Co-chair of the Environment Committee. He also co-chaired the University of Toronto’s Responsible Investment Committee, which provides independent advice for the stewards of the university’s $7.6 billion (CAD) endowment and pension fund. Nathan also sits on the Community of Interest Panel of the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining program.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Nathan spent four years as a senior policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, a Canadian environmental and energy policy thinktank. In that capacity, he published policy reports and op-eds on the environmental impacts and economics of oilsands and pipeline development.  At Pembina, Nathan contributed to private- and public-sector consulting projects on such topics as offshore oil and gas drilling regulations, wetlands policy, sustainable design, and sustainability reporting. Nathan’s commentary on climate and energy policy has appeared in such venues as the Montreal GazetteThe Globe and Mail, the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has appeared regularly on CBC, Global, and CTV news and current affairs television programs.

Nathan holds a bachelor’s of science degree in environmental and conservation sciences from the University of Alberta and a master’s degree in city planning (certificate in environmental policy and planning) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on the interface between Alberta’s environmental policies and the corporate environmental performance of three oilsands mines.