Dr. Jean-Guy Vaillancourt
University of Montreal
Monday, March 10, 2008
Models for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Peacebuilding
Dr. Jean-Guy Vaillancourt, professor of environmental sociology, sociological theory, and sociology of religion in the Department of Sociology, University of Montreal, Quebec. His research in eco-sociology and the environment has focused on the green movement, energy, climate change, and sustainable development. He is a leading expert on the social sciences of the environment and a recognized specialist on the Vatican, and on religious movements of the right and left. He has also published on peace movements with a major focus on religion, violence, and the natural environment.
Dr. Vaillancourt has published numerous articles, book chapters, and critical reviews in many scholarly journals in fields as varied as eco-sociology, sociology of peace, social movements, organizations, and religion. His 1980 book, Papal Power: A Study of Vatican Control Over Lay Catholic Elites (Berkeley, University of California Press) is widely considered to be a major scholarly contribution to the understanding of the contemporary papacy. He has served on the Board of the International Institute for Peace and Security in Ottawa and was one of the founders of the Burg Schlaining Peace University in Austria on behalf of UNESCO.
The St. Paul’s College University Affiliation Lecture is sponsored by the University of Manitoba, The Ph.D. and Joint M.A. Programs in Peace and Conflict Studies, and St. Paul’s College, with financial support provided by Aikins Law.