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Scott, Dayna N

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Scott, Dayna N

Associate Professor

Osgoode Coordinator MES/JD Joint Program

Joint Appointed with Osgoode Hall Law School

Director of the National Network on Environments and Women's Health.

BSc (Ecology) , Guelph
LLB , Osgoode
MES , York
PhD (Law) , Osgoode

Environmental Justice Gender and Environmental Health Feminist Theory of the Body Critical Sociology of Risk Trends in Regulation and Governance

Professor Dayna Nadine Scott joined Osgoode’s faculty in 2006 after completing a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill’s Faculty of Law and a Hauser Global Research Fellowship at NYU. She is cross-appointed with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Professor Scott’s teaching is in environmental law and justice; risk regulation; and international environmental governance.

Professor Scott is the Primary Investigator on two current SSHRC-funded projects:

"Reconciling Sovereignties: New Techniques for 'Authorizing' Extraction on Indigenous Territories" is a Partnership Development Grant with Shiri Pasternak, Adrian Smith, Emilie Cameron and Anna Stanley in partnership with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) and MiningWatch Canada.

"Consent & Contract: Authorizing Extraction in Ontario's Ring of Fire" is a SSHRC Insight Grant with Andree Boisselle, Deborah McGregor and Estair Van Wagner.

Recent projects included SSHRC-funded research in partnership with environmental justice activists from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, near Sarnia`s Chemical Valley, which tackled the issue of chronic pollution on an Ontario reserve. The project applied a critical, feminist perspective to the examination of law’s treatment of the risks of long-term, low-dose exposures to pollutants.

Another recent SSHRC-funded project with Professor Gus Van Harten (“Investigating Regulatory Chill”) examined the contemporary constraints on regulation to protect the environment, with a focus on investor rights in the resource extraction context.

Professor Scott’s publications cover topics from environmental justice activism and experiential knowledge, to contested resource extraction, to the challenges posed for law and environmental health by the emerging endocrine disruption thesis. She is interested in questions of environmental regulation and governance from an interdisciplinary perspective, especially work that interrogates the interaction between local and global modes of governing and ways of knowing.

Professor Scott is the editor of Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health (UBC Press, 2015) and the past Director of the National Network on Environments and Women`s Health. Among other awards, Professor Scott has been a recipient of Fulbright and SSHRC Fellowships, and the Law Commission of Canada’s “Audacity of Imagination” Prize.

Professor Scott gave expert testimony to the House of Common Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in June 2016 as part of its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Professor Scott gave expert testimony to the House of Common Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in June 2016 as part of its review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act:

Reforming the Canadian Environmental Protection Act: The assessment and regulation of toxic substances should be equitable,precautionary, and evidence-based. Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, 3 June 2016.



2016-2019 SSHRC Insight Grant (PI) with Andrée Boisselle, Deborah McGregor, & Estair Van Wagner, Consent & Contract: Authorizing Extraction in Ontario’s Ring of Fire

2016-2019 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (PI) with Emilie Cameron, Shiri Pasternak, Adrian Smith, Anna Stanley, in partnership with the Indigenous Network on Environments and Trade (INET) and MiningWatch Canada, Reconciling Sovereignties: New Techniques for Authorizing Extraction on Indigenous Territories

2016-2017 SSHRC CURA (Community-University Research Alliance), Adapting Canadian Workplaces (ACW) Sub-Grant (PI Carla Lipsig-Mumme), Taking Ownership (and Control) of the Green Energy Economy (with co-investigators Professor Adrian Smith and Bruce Campbell of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives)

2012-2015 Co-Investigator, Investigating Regulatory Chill: Contemporary Constraints on Decision-Making to Protect the Environment (with Professor Gus Van Harten), SSHRC Insight Grant

2008-2011 Primary Investigator, Environmental Justice for Aamjiwnaang: Constructions of Cause and the Assignment of Blame at the Local/Global Interface, SSHRC Standard Grant

2004-2005 Collaborator, "Sharing Knowledges of Risk: Citizen Engagement with Science, Law & Biotechnology", SSHRC and the Law Commission of Canada "Relationships in Transition" Program


  • York-Massey Visiting Scholarship
  • York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-doctoral Fellowship, McGill University Faculty of Law
  • Law Commission of Canada, Nathalie Des Rosiers Audacity of Imagination Award, Risk and Trust
  • Canada – US Fulbright Scholarship, Independent Research Award
  • Policy Research Initiative (SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC) Canadian Policy Research Awards Graduate Prize
  • York University Thesis Prize

Selected Publications


Dayna Nadine Scott (ed.) Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health, UBC Press, 2015 (412pp).


Dayna Nadine Scott & Adrian A. Smith, “The Abstract Subject of the Climate Migrant: Displaced by the Rising Tides of Renewable Energy Economy” (2017) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment (forthcoming).

Dayna Nadine Scott, Jennie Haw & Robyn Lee, “Wannabe Toxic-Free? From Precautionary Consumption to Corporeal Citizenship” (2016) Environmental Politics 21pp.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Pollution et limites des corps: échelle des perturbations endocriniennes, genre et recours au droit par une communauté amérindienne du Canada” (2016) 34 (3) Sciences Sociales et Santé 77-101 (French translation of book chapter in Feminist Torts, below).

Dayna Nadine Scott, “‘We Are the Monitors Now’: Experiential Knowledge, Transcorporeality and Environmental Justice” (2016) 25(3) Social & Legal Studies 261-287 (2015 for OnlineFirst version).

Gus Van Harten & Dayna Nadine Scott, “Investment Treaties and the Internal Vetting of Regulatory Proposals: A Case Study from Canada” (2016) 7(1) Journal of International Dispute Settlement 92-116.

Leila Harris, Megan Peloso, Dayna Nadine Scott & Jyoti Phartiyal, “Women Talking about Water: Feminist Subjectivities and Intersectional Understandings” (2015) 2/3 30 Canadian Women’s Studies Journal, Special Issue on Women and Water 15-22.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “The Networked Infrastructure of Fossil Capitalism: Implications of the New Pipeline Debates for Environmental Justice in Canada” (2013) 43 Revue générale de droit, Special Issue on Environmental Justice and Human Rights 11-66.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Situating Sarnia: Unimagined Communities in the National Energy Debate”, Special Issue on the National Energy Strategy, (2013) 25 Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 81-112.

Roxanne Mykitiuk & Dayna Nadine Scott, “Risky Pregnancy: Liability, Blame and Insurance in the Governance of Pre-natal Harm”, (2011) 43(2) UBC Law Review 311-360.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Body Polluted: Questions of Scale, Gender and Remedy”, (2010) 44(1) Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review 121-156 (Special Symposium Issue on Injuries Without Remedies).

Dayna Nadine Scott, ““Gender-Benders”: Sex and Law in the Constitution of Polluted Bodies”, (2009) 17 Feminist Legal Studies 241-265.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Testing Toxicity: Proof and Precaution in Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan” (2009) 18:1 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (RECIEL) 59-76.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Confronting Chronic Pollution: A Socio-Legal Analysis of Risk and Precaution” (2008) 46:2 Osgoode Hall Law Journal 293-343.

Sarah Hartley & Dayna Nadine Scott, “Out-of-Bounds? Resisting Discursive Limits in the Debate over Food Biotechnology” (2006) 56 Canadian Review of Social Policy 104-109.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “When Precaution Points Two Ways: Confronting “West Nile Fever”” (2005) 20 (2) Canadian Journal of Law and Society 27-65.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Nature/ Culture Clash: The Transnational Trade in GMOs”, Global Law Working Paper Series 2005 edited by Joseph Weiler, New York University School of Law, available online at http://www.nyulawglobal.org/index.htm (55pp.).

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Carbon Sinks Science and the Preservation of Old Growth Forests Under the Kyoto Protocol” (2001) 10 (2) Journal of Environmental Law and Practice 105-145.

Book Chapters

Dayna Nadine Scott, “The Environment and Federalism, In Context” in Natalie Des Rosiers, Patrick Macklem and Peter Oliver (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Canadian Constitution, OUP, forthcoming.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “The Smell of Neglect: Material Feminisms for Environmental Justice”, Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Neil Sargeant, Dawn Moore, and Christiane Wilke (eds.) Sensing the Law (forthcoming, Routledge).

Dayna Nadine Scott, Lauren Rakowski, Laila Zahra Harris & Troy Dixon, “The Production of Pollution and the Consumption of Chemicals in Canada”, in Dayna Nadine Scott (ed.) Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health, UBC Press, 2015.

Dayna Nadine Scott & Sarah Lewis, “Sex, Gender and the Chemicals Management Plan”, in Dayna Nadine Scott (ed.) Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health, UBC Press, 2015.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Pollution and the Body Boundary: Exploring Scale, Gender and Remedy” in Janice Richardson and Erica Rackley (eds.) Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law (Routledge, 2012) 55-79.

Dayna Nadine Scott & Sidra Sabzwari, "The Quest for Environmental Justice on a Canadian Aboriginal Reserve", in Yves Le Bouthillier, Miriam Alfie Cohen, Jose Juan Gonzalez, Albert Mumma and Susan Smith, Environment, Law & Poverty, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012).

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Risk as a Technique of Governance in an Era of Biotechnological Innovation”, Law Commission of Canada (ed.) Risk & Trust (Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2007) 23-56.

Dayna Nadine Scott, “Shifting the Burden of Proof: The Precautionary Principle and its Potential for the Democratization of Risk” in Law Commission of Canada (ed.) Law & Risk (Vancouver: UBC Press and Les Presses de L’Université Laval, 2005) 50-85.