Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson
Professor Emeritus
Political Science
Office: DTB A344

PhD (1978) (UBC)

Area of expertise

BC provincial politics and public policy

Jeremy Wilson completed his BA and MA at the University of Alberta and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia. He began teaching at UVic in 1974.

Over the course of his career Dr. Wilson researched and wrote on a variety of topics, including political psychology, BC electoral patterns, the BC Legislature, media coverage of elections, the politics of hydro-electric development, BC forest policy, the politics of wilderness preservation in BC, and the Canadian environmental movement. Information on major publications is available in the research section of the webpage.

He recently started a new research project focused on transnational migratory bird policy. This project will explore the evolution and impact of transnational arrangements such as the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. See the research section for more details.

Dr. Wilson taught courses in a number of different areas, including Canadian politics and government, public policy, public opinion and voting behaviour, empirical research methods, and global environmental policy and politics.

He lives in Victoria with his partner Georgie, an English and Theatre teacher. In their spare time they kayak, bike and hike, watch birds, travel, and try to take in as many plays and as much live music as possible.


  • British Columbia politics and government
  • BC environmental and natural resources policy
  • Canadian public policy
  • Global environmental issues (climate change, biodiversity loss)
  • Migratory bird policy


Forest Policy

  • Wilson, Jeremy. Talk and Log: Wilderness Politics in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998.
  • Cashore, B., Hoberg, G., Howlett, M. Rayner, J., and Wilson, J. In Search of Sustainability: British Columbia forest policy in the 1990's. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2001.

Migratory Bird Policy

  • 'The Commission for Environmental Cooperation and North American Migratory Bird Conservation: the Potential of the NAAEC Citizen Submission Procedure.' Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy. V. 6 (3) (Sept–Dec 2003).
  • '“Internationalization” and the Conservation of Canada’s Boreal Ecosystems: Exploring Pathways of Transnational Influence.' Canadian-American Public Policy. 56 (December 2003). (Actual publication, summer 2004).
  • 'For the Birds? Neoliberalism and the Protection of Biodiversity in British Columbia,' BC Studies. 142/143 (Summer/Autumn 2004).
  • "'New' and 'old' modes of environmental governance: the evolution of the North American waterfowl bird policy regime." A paper presented to the annual meetings of the Western Political Science Association, Albuquerque New Mexico, March 17, 2006.
  • "Borders, birds, and bureaucrats: evolving modes of private-public interaction and the search for effective migratory bird conservation regimes." A lecture in the Internationalization and Public Policy series, Monk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, March 29, 2006.
  • "Sticks, Carrots, and Sermons (and Workshops, too): Environment Canada and Calls for a Robust Bird Conservation Toolkit." Chapter 6 in Innovation, Science, Environment, ed. by Glen Toner (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008)
  • "Institutional interplay and effectiveness: assessing efforts to conserve western hemisphere shorebirds." International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, May 7, 2008.

Reducing Our Ecological Footprint

  • Jeremy Wilson, 'Reducing Environmentally Damaging Consumption'.