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Queen's University

Mark Vardy

B.A., M.A. (Victoria) 
Ph.D. Candidate

Office: D419 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Phone:  613-533-6000 ext. 77152



Current Research

My dissertation explores the ways in which Arctic social and environmental change is becoming known and acted upon. 


Martin Hand (supervisor); Sergio Sismondo; Mick Smith

Areas of Interest

sociology of scientific knowledge; science and technology studies; environmental sociology; social and political thought; program and policy evaluation.

Courses Taught

Queen's University 2014 Winter
DEVS 496: Global Development and Climate Change
Queen's University 2013 Winter
SOCY 425: Selected Topics in the Sociology of the Environment: Climate Change 
Queen's University 2012 Fall 


  • Queen's University. 2009-present. PhD in Sociology.
  • University of Victoria. 2005–2007. MA in Sociology. Specialization in Cultural Social and Political Thought.
    Thesis: Climate Change at the Intersection of Science, Society and the Individual.
  • University of Victoria. 2001–2005. BA, with distinction. Honours in Sociology, Professional Writing Minor in Journalism and Publishing. Arts Co-op.
  • Camosun College and Open University. 1999–2001. University transfer courses.


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 2009
  • Queen’s University Tri-Council Recipient Recognition Award (TCRRA) 2009
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 2006. Masters Scholarship
  • University of Victoria Presidents Scholarship 2006. Masters Scholarship
  • University of Victoria Fellowship 2005. Masters Scholarship
  • John Locke Malkin Entrance Scholarship 2001-2005. Undergraduate Scholarship
  • British Columbia & Yukon Community Newspaper Association 2003. Annual Award

Peer Reviewed Publications

Selected Creative Non-fiction Writing Samples

Selected Work Experience

  • 2012-present. Copyeditor for Social Studies of Science
  • Teaching assistant. 2009-2013. Department of Sociology, Queen's University
  • Public policy researcher. June 2008 – August 2009.
    Knowledge and Information Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Government of British Columbia.
  • Research assistant. February 2008 – April 2008
    University of Victoria, School of Social Work
  • Teaching assistant. September 2005 – April 2006
    Department of Sociology, University of Victoria

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “The Ethos of Care versus Ecosystems Services: Scientists Respond to Arctic Environmental Change.” Society for the Social Studies of Science annual meeting. October 9-12. San Diego, CA, United States.
  • “Digitizing Territory: The Dynamics of Digitally Mapping Inuit Knowledge and Practice.” Canadian Sociological Association annual meeting. June 3-8. Victoria, BC, Canada.
  • "Science, Sovereignty and Climate Futures: The Challenge of Communicating aboutDynamic non-linear (natural) systems withinDynamic non-linear (social) systems. International Polar Year. Montreal. 2012
  • "Sovereignty as a Social Issue: The Case of Inuit Nunangat." Northern Research Forum Open Assembly. Hveragerði, Iceland. 2011. (Click here for a video of my presentation.)
  • "The Ontological Geopolitics of Canadian Sea Ice." Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Montreal 2010.
  • "Climate Change Beyond the Horizon of Intelligibly: The Politics of Non-linearity." British Sociological Association Annual Conference: Glasgow, 2010.
  • “Metaphysical Closure and the Political Articulation of Climate Change.” Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment: Toronto, 2007.
  • “Shifting Strategies and Climate Change.” Environmental Studies Association of Canada Annual Meeting: Saskatoon, 2007.
  • “Radical Phenomenology: The Attunement to Possibilities.” Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Saskatoon, 2007.
  • “Religion, Science, and Origins: On the Metaphysics of Intelligent Design and Darwinian Evolutionism.” co-presented with Daniel Lett. Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting: Saskatoon, 2007.
  • “The Historical Roots and Possible Futures of Phenomenology in Dorothy Smith’s Institutional Ethnography.” University of Victoria Sociology Symposium, 2007.
  • “Subversion in the Footsteps of Corporate Hegemony? The Case of the Blackspot Sneaker Anticorporation.” Society for Socialist Studies Annual Meeting: Toronto, 2006.
  • “Climate Change: The Sense of Epochal Shift?” University of Victoria Cultural, Social and Political Thought Colloquium, 2006.

Institutional Service

  • PhD student representative. Dept of Sociology. Queen's University. 2011-2012.
  • Department of Sociology Graduate Student Representative. University of Victoria. 2005–2006.

Community Involvement

  • Young Parents Support Network. 1998 – 2001, Program facilitator, advocate. 2004 – 2009, Board of Directors, President.
  • Michigan Street Community Garden. 1999 – 2002. Board of Directors.
  • Single Parent Resource Centre. 1998 – 2000. Intake and peer-support worker.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000