William K. Carroll – Feature Profile

c3-caroll-2-jpgWilliam K. Carroll, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-director of the Corporate Mapping Project
Sociology Department
University of Victoria
Coast Salish Territory
Victoria BC  Canada
V8W 2Y2

Tel 1 250 721 7573
Fax 1 250 721 6217
Email wcarroll@uvic.ca
Website: https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/wcarroll/

What are you research interests?

Political Economy, Political Ecology, Social Movements, Corporations and Capitalism, Critical Theory and Methods

How did you become interested in political sociology and social movements?

In graduate school in the late 1970s, I developed a strong interest in the political economy of corporate capitalism. In the 1980s, as neoliberalism and resistance to it rolled out,  my interests broadened to include the sociology of social movements, with a focus on relations between movements, classes, state and hegemony.  This two-fold research program has been at the centre of my work ever since. Most recently, I have incorporated into my research program the political ecology of climate crisis, and the ways in which movements and corporate capitalism are implicated in what is the key existential question of our time. These intersecting issues motivate The Corporate Mapping Project, a seven-year SSHRC Partnership between academics and activists, which I co-direct with Shannon Daub, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – British Columbia. http://www.corporatemapping.ca/

Why does studying political sociology and/or social movements matter?

Political sociology and social movements are fields of study that a/ direct our attention to urgent and ongoing problems and possibilities in social life and b/ invite us to incorporate insights from fields of social science besides sociology – affording a rich and practically relevant perspective on the human condition. These topical areas resonate strongly with a public-sociology emphasis, which I try to bring to my work.

Recent Publications:


“Rethinking the transnational capitalist class.” Alternate Routes 29: 188-206.

“Corporate power, fossil capital, climate crisis: Introducing the Corporate Mapping Project.” Studies in Political Economy 98 (2), with Shannon Daub as co-author.

“The corporate elite and the architecture of climate change denial: a network analysis of carbon capital’s reach into civil society.” Canadian Review of Sociology 55 (3), with Nicolas Graham, Michael Lang, Kevin McCartney and Zoe Yunker as second authors.

“Mapping Corporate Influence and Institutional Corruption Inside Canadian Universities.”Critical Criminology published online 8 October, with Garry Gray as first author.


“Canada’s carbon-capital elite: a tangled web of corporate power.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 42: 225-60.

“Transnational Alternative Policy Groups in Global Civil Society: Enablers of Post-Capitalist Alternatives or Carriers of NGOization?” Critical Sociology 43: 875-92, with J.P. Sapinski as co-author.


“Critical Nexus or Chaotic Discipline? Re-visioning Sociology Again.” Canadian Review of Sociology53: 244-52.

“The Global Corporate Elite after the Financial Crisis: Evidence from the Transnational Network of Interlocking Directorates.” Global Networks 16:  68–88, with Eelke M. Heemskerk as first author and Meindert Fennema as second author.

“The Rich Ambiguity of Political Sociology in Canada.” Canadian Review of Sociology 53: 346-50.

Chapters and books:


Organizing the 1%: How Corporate Power Works. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, with J.P. Sapinski as second author.

“Carbon capital and corporate influence: Mapping elite networks of corporations, universities and research institutes.” Pp. 58-74 in Jamie Brownlee, Chris Hurl and Kevin Walby (eds.), Corporatizing Canada. Toronto: Between the Lines, with Nicolas Graham and Zoe Yunker as co-authors.

“Reflections on the Amsterdam School and the transnational capitalist class.” In Bob Jessop and Henk Overbeek (eds.), Transnational Capital and Class Fractions: The Amsterdam School Perspective Reconsidered. London: Routledge.

“Interlocking directorates and corporate networks.” Pp. 45-60 in Andreas Nölke and Christian May (eds.), Handbook of the International Political Economy of the Corporation. Northhampton, MA USA: Elgar, with J.P. Sapinski as coauthor.


“Counter-hegemonic Projects and Cognitive Praxis in Transnational Alternative Policy Groups.” Pp. 197-217 in Alejandra Salas-Porras and Georgina Murray, eds. Think Tanks and Global Politics: Key Spaces in the Structure of Power. London: Palgrave Macmillan, with Elaine Coburn as coauthor.


Expose, Oppose, Propose: Alternative Policy groups and the Struggle for Global Justice. London: Zed Books and Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 236 pp.

 A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony. Winnipeg: ARP Books, with Kanchan Sarker as second co-editor, 413 pp.

“Neoliberalism and the Transnational Capitalist Class.” Pp. 25-35 in Kean Birch, Julie MacLeavy and Simon Springer, eds. The Handbook of Neoliberalism. London: Routledge, with JP Sapinski as coauthor.

“The Changing Face(s) of Corporate Power in Canada.” Pp 12-23 in Edward G. Grabb and Monica Hwang (eds.), Social Inequality in Canada 6th edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

“Expose, Oppose, Propose: Cognitive Praxis in the Struggle for Global Justice.” 47th Annual Sorokin Lecture. Saskatchewan: University of Saskatchewan http://artsandscience.usask.ca/sociology/sorokin-lectures.php

“Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony.” Pp. 9-60 in William K Carroll and Kanchan Sarker (eds.),A World to Win: Contemporary Social Movements and Counter-Hegemony. Winnipeg: ARP Books.

Other publications


Who Owns Canada’s Fossil-Fuel Sector? Mapping the network of ownership & control. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, with jouke Huijzer as second author, 47 pp. peer reviewed, available at:https://www.corporatemapping.ca/who-owns/


 Mapping Political Influence: Political Donations and Lobbying by the Fossil Fuel Industry in BC. Vancouver: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, with Nicolas Graham as first author and Shannon Daub as second author, 34 pp. peer reviewed, available at: http://www.corporatemapping.ca/bc-influence/

“A Topology of Power.” Monitor 23:6 2017, pp. 19-20, with Shannon Daub as first author.


Review of Sylvia Walby, Crisis (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015), in American Journal of Sociology 122(3):982-5.

Review of Lawrence Cox and Alf Gunvald Nilsen, We Make Our Own History (London: Pluto Press), in Socialist Studies 11(1):259-61.

“Social Inequality and Playdough Capitalism” Pp. 64-69 in Divergent/Convergent: Journal of the University 101 Program. Tenth Anniversary Edition – Spring 2016, University of Victoria.

“Why is the CEO of a big Canadian bank giving speeches about climate change and pipelines?”  Corporate Mapping Project, posted October 6, 2016 http://www.corporatemapping.ca/rbc-ceo-speech-climate-pipelines/ , with Shannon Daub as first author.

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