Dayna Nadine Scott

Associate Professor

LLB (Osgoode), MES (York), PhD (Osgoode), of the Bar of Ontario

Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Assistant: 
Fonseca, Lynne

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 administrative law, environmental law, risk regulation, and international environmental governance. She recently completed a SSHRC-funded research project 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.

A current SSHRC-funded project with Professor Gus Van Harten (“Investigating Regulatory Chill”) examines 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 international law’s “precautionary principle” 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 `Consuming` Chemicals: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gender and Environmental Health forthcoming from UBC Press, and the 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.

Recent publications include a Comment on the Idle No More movement published in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society, The Forces that Conspire to Keep us ‘Idle’, and two articles exploring the environmental justice implications of the crude oil pipelines proposals being contemplated by the National Energy Board:

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.

The chapter, “Pollution and the Body Boundary: Exploring Scale, Gender and Remedy” appears in the recent volume, Feminist Perspectives on Tort Law, edited by Janice Richardson and Erica Rackley (Routledge, 2012).

Research Interests: Environmental Law & Justice, Gender and Environmental Health, Toxic Substances, Pollution, and Feminist Theory of the Body