Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Joshua McEvoy

Doctoral Candidate
MSc International Relations Theory (London School of Economics); BA (Highest Honours) Law and Political Science (Concentration in International Relations), Minor in Economics (Carleton University)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B306

Research Interests

Global Political Economy, Techno-Politics, Neoliberalism, Environmentalism, Global Governance, Globalization/Glocalization, Socio-Technical Transitions, New Materialism, Energy Transition(s), Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Platform Capitalism, International Development, International Relations Theory.

Joshua’s research focuses on the role of material and technical things in (re)producing political orders and power relations. At Queen’s, his doctoral research examines the sociopolitical processes of renewable energy transition. Joshua is interested in the emergence of renewable energy co-operatives in the Global South and Global North as juxtaposed sites of resistance and conformity with global capitalism, environmentalism and democracy. In particular, Joshua seeks to elucidate how energy co-operatives emerge from assemblages of human and technical actants operating at both the local and global scales, and how these assemblages affect prevailing political orders and socioeconomic outcomes.

Brief Biography

Joshua is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He completed his comprehensive exams in International Relations and Comparative Politics in 2017, receiving a mark of Distinction in both fields. Previously, he was a Research Assistant at the University of Ottawa, and an Intern at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. Joshua completed his Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours) at Carleton University with a Double-Major in Law and Political Science, and Minor in Economics, and a Master’s of Science in International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Selected Presentations

2019 [Forthcoming]. “IR History/Theory: Toward a Sociological Account of the Field's Past (and Present).” International Studies Association – Annual Convention: Toronto, ON.

2018. “Energy, Agency, and Structure: The Politics of Energy Geographies.” Canadian Political Science Association – Annual Convention: Regina, SK.

2018. “Energy Geographies: Structuring Politics from Below.” International Studies Association – Annual Convention: San Francisco, CA.

2016. “National Energy Security and Strategic Petroleum Reserves.” Canadian Defence Associations Institute 18th Annual Graduate Student Symposium: Kingston, ON.

Selected Awards

2018-19 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2017-18 The Donald S. Rickerd Fellowship

2017-18 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2016-17 Queen’s Graduate Award


2018 – POLS 262: International Political Economy (Teaching Assistant)

2017 – POLS 261: International Politics (Teaching Assistant)

2016 – POLS 243: Comparative Politics (Teaching Assistant)

Selected Academic Service

2017-18 – Renewal, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Political Studies, Queen’s University
Committee Member

2017-18 – International Studies Association – Canada, Executive Committee
Graduate Student Member-at-Large

2016-17 – International Studies Association – Canada, Committee for Professional Development
Graduate Student Member-at-Large