Research and Analysis


We develop empirical and evidence-based policy research with partners in Canada and around the world. Our research publications are designed to inform government, industry, and community stakeholders, as well as advance academic debates on emerging issues of resource governance related to non-renewable and clean energy sectors. We routinely share our reports with news media and are invited to comment on related current affairs.

The ERGP has the capacity to work broadly across a host of themes in extractive and natural resource governance. Across natural and social sciences, the SPPP recognizes the importance of engaging with new trends in interdisciplinary, policy-informed research.

How It Works

We regularly commission experts to write policy reports of various lengths. These reports are released through the School of Public Policy’s Publication (SPPP) series. The authors work closely with the research coordinator of the ERGP to finish the paper in a timely fashion and then it is sent for peer-review. Following publication, the ERGP works with the SPP to publicize the papers to Canadian media sources and arrange public venues for discussion, such as virtual workshops and seminars.

Contact Us

We accept proposals for research projects on a rolling basis and encourage new ideas and collaborations. As part of the ERGP Strategic Plan 2020-2025, we are building partnerships for the development and implementation of short and long-term projects in a variety of forms. Our collaborations often begin as single publications and are expanded into workshops, seminars, webinars, and large scale, multi-year, multi-product research initiatives.

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About the SPPP

The ERGP resides within The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. We belong to the #1 policy school in Canada and a Top 5 Canadian research institution (Re$earch Infosource). Our expert and academic rosters are highly recognized with scholars from around the world.

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Upcoming and Recent ERGP Publications

The Potential for North American Energy Markets - A Continental Carbon Exchange
North America including Mexico, United States and Canada, have one of the largest functionally integrated but not fully coordinated energy and commodity markets in the world. All three jurisdictions face common threats including climate change to sustaining their future energy security to ensure the economic and social well-being of its citizens. Through greater collaboration and cooperation, they can take advantage of their combined wealth of non-renewable and renewable energy resources and production and utilization technologies to mitigate these risks and transition to more sustainable and secure continental energy systems. By focusing on the common denominator of carbon emissions and accounting, we believe it is possible to arrive at a system that offers net economic benefits and better information to underpin policy and regulatory outcomes.  
To Coerce or Not to Coerce? Assessing Policy Strategies to Regulate Small-Scale and Artisanal Mining in the Andes
Facing the rapid proliferation of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in the 2000s, states with commodity-dependent economies pursued different strategies to regulate the activity. While some states have chosen to co-operate, others have chosen to coerce; that is, they have used heavy-handed policies against informal miners. This article assesses the effectiveness of these strategies in increasing compliance. We build our theory using a parsimonious sequential game that highlights the relationship between the state and the informal miners. We illustrate the equilibrium by comparing the outcomes of the regulatory strategies pursued in Bolivia and Peru during the commodity boom of the 2000s.

The Key Role of No-Carbon Oil Companies in Global Climate Action: Leveraging the G20 Forum to Accelerate the Energy Transition.
Leonardo Beltrán-Rodríguez and Juan Roberto Lozano-Maya. 2021.

Risks of Failure in Regulatory Governance.
Dan McFayden and George Eynon. 2021.

The Surface Owner’s Burden: Landowner Rights and Alberta’s Oil and Gas Well Liabilities.
Victoria Goodday and Braeden Larsen. 2021.

A Review of Barriers to Full-Scale Deployment of Emissions-Reduction Technologies.
G Kent Fellows, Victoria Goodday, and Jennifer Winter. 2021 

No Going Back: The Impact of ILO Convention 169 on Latin America in Comparative Perspective.
José Aylwin and Pablo Policzer. 2020.

The Various Structures for Granting Petroleum Licenses around the World.
Darryl Egbert and Brian Livingston. 2019.