Sarah Norton

PhD in Global Governance   MIPP, 2020  

Sarah Norton
Student, Graduate
Student, Graduate



Sarah Norton

PhD in Global Governance

MIPP, 2020

Sarah is a Ph.D. candidate in the Global Governance program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She specializes in energy studies and Canada’s role in global energy governance. Her current research explores the climate implications of the varying approaches of fossil-fuel reliant states to pandemic recovery, as some seek to entrench oil production, further making the shift to decarbonization harder.

In parallel, Sarah works as a research analyst with the Automotive Policy Research Centre, a collaborative research partnership that explores the role of public policy in supporting Canada’s globally competitive automotive industry. She is currently examining the global automotive sector’s transition away from manufacturing traditional internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) towards the increased production of electric vehicles (EVs) and the implications this has on North American supply chains and Canada’s automotive sector. Sarah has sought to share her passion for climate action by volunteering as an undergraduate and early career research facilitator for Climate Connect through Waterloo’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change.

Sarah holds a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and an Undergraduate degree in Ethics, Society, and Law from the University of Toronto. Outside of academia, Sarah has worked in a number of capacities for General Motors of Canada. Her hobbies include riding horses competitively and travelling whenever possible.


  • Best Paper, Judges’ Commendation, Climate Law & Public Policy Cambridge, 2021
  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women, 2021
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2021
  • Global Governance Fellowship, 2019- 2020
  • Rueben Wells Leonard Scholarship-Academic Excellence 2013-2014
  • Rueben Wells Leonard Scholarship-Academic Excellence 2012-2013

Select Publications

  • Gracie, K., McLean, S.R., Mah, J. & Norton, S. 2020. Canada’s Vulnerabilities in the Case of a Rapid Energy Transition. School of International Affairs Graduate Fellows Anthology.


  • Master of International Public Policy, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019-2020
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 2010- 2014
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