Scott McKnight

Postdoctoral Fellow, Innovation Policy Lab


After receiving his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, Scott McKnight became a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His research focuses on the comparative political economy of oil, in particular on relations between national oil companies and their home-states. For his doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by Dan Breznitz, he conducted fieldwork in Brazil, China, Ecuador and Mexico.

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM) at Carleton University in Ottawa, he completed a Master’s in International Relations (in Chinese) at Renmin University of China (Beijing), where he also spent two years as a lecturer. He is fluent in five languages. He is also the founder and contributor to, a website providing analysis on various current and historical issues on the political economy of oil.


Asif Farooq and Scott McKnight, Eds. Buyer’s Remorse or Buy-and-Hold? Chinese National Oil Company Investments in Canada’s Oil Sands. In Moving Forward: Issues in Canada-China Relations, Munk Asian Institute and China Open Research Network, 2016, pp. 66-79.

Scott McKnight, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Rwanda-Uganda Alliance,’ African Studies Quarterly 15(2) (March 2015).

Scott McKnight, ‘Misperceptions, misunderstanding and miscalculation: How China sees Canada in the world,’ Canadian International Council, 2010.


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