Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, was awarded the 2020 Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research, as announced on May 28. Marjorie’s research has focused on the intersection of gender and sexuality issues, as well as climate and labour policy. Amongst her many publications, Marjorie authored “Does Gender Matter in the Political Economy of Work and Climate Justice?” in 2011 as part of the Work in a Warming World research project, the predecessor to the Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces project. Along with John Calvert, she also authored “Climate Change and Labour in the Energy Sector”, as a chapter in Climate@Work in 2013. In 2017, Marjorie edited the path-breaking Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries, published by Routledge.
Over her career, Marjorie has served on several boards and commissions in British Columbia, including as the first Chair of the B.C. chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C. (which she helped to establish). The Charles Taylor Prize, normally awarded at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, could not be delivered in person, but Marjorie’s acceptance speech is available on YouTube . In it, she discusses her work as the Chair of the B.C. Fair Wages Commission from 2017-2018, which contributed directly to the increase in the provincial minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Notably, the same YouTube video also includes a speech by Catherine Abreu, Executive Director of Climate Action Network – Canada, who was awarded the 2020 Jack Layton Progress Prize for her international leadership on climate policy and action.
Both awards represent welcome recognition of the increasing importance of climate change research in public policy.