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Douglas A. Clark PhD Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Centennial Chair in Human Dimensions of Environment and Sustainability

Room 331, Kirk Hall

Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems
  • Polar bear-human conflicts
  • Wildlife and protected area management under conditions of rapid social-ecological change
  • Environmental governance and policy processes

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Master of Science in Zoology, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science (honours, co-op) in Biology, University of Victoria

Research Profile


Douglas Clark holds the Centennial Chair in Human Dimensions, and is adjunct faculty at Queen's University and Yukon College. He has 25 years of northern research and environmental management experience, with 1/3 of that time spent living in Arctic and Sub-Arctic communities. His interdisciplinary research program seeks to integrate environmental conservation with human dignity, and he specializes in training northern and Indigenous graduate students. He is the world-leading scientific authority on polar bear-human conflicts and most recently co-authored multiple chapters of the Arctic Council's Arctic Resilience Assessment.

News and Media

Selected Publications

Schmidt, J.I.; Clark, D.; Lokken, N.; Lankshear, J.; Hausner, V. The role of trust in sustainable management of land, fish, and wildlife populations in the Arctic. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3124.  https://doi.org/10.3390/su10093124

Schmidt, A. and Clark, D. 2018. “It’s just a matter of time:” Lessons from agency and community responses to polar bear-inflicted human injury. Conservation and Society. http://www.conservationandsociety.org/preprintarticle.asp?id=223203;type=0 

Teel, T. L., Anderson, C. B., Burgman, M. A., Cinner, J. , Clark, D. , Estévez, R. A., Jones, J. P., McClanahan, T. R., Reed, M. S., Sandbrook, C. and John, F. A. 2018. Publishing social science research in Conservation Biology to move beyond biology. Conservation Biology. 32: 6-8. doi:10.1111/cobi.13059

Egunyu, F., Bradford, L., and Clark, D. 2017. Polar bear science: characterizing relationship patterns and identifying opportunities. Polar Geography 41(1): 39-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/1088937X.2017.1403978

Clark, D., and Joe-Strack, J. 2017. Keeping the “co” in northern resource co-management. Northern Public Affairs: April 2017: 71-74. URL: http://www.northernpublicaffairs.ca/index/magazine/volume-5-issue-1/keeping-the-co-in-the-co-management-of-northern-resources/

Fauchald, P., Hausner, V.H., Schmidt, J.I., and Clark, D.A.  2017.  Transitions of social-ecological subsistence systems in the Arctic.  International Journal of the Commons, 11(1): 275–329.  http://doi.org/10.18352/ijc.698

Bennett, N.J., Roth, R., Klain, S.C., Chan, K., Christie, P., Clark, D.A., Cullman, G., Curran, D., Durbin, T.J., Epstein, G., Greenberg, A., Nelson, M.P., Sandlos, J., Stedman, R., Teel, T.L., Thomas, R., Veríssimo, D., and Wyborn, C.  2017.  Conservation social science: understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation, 205: 93-108.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.006

Clark, D., and Joe-Strack, J.  2017.  Keeping the “co” in northern resource co-management. Northern Public Affairs, 5(1): 71-74.

Laforge, M.P., Clark, D.A., Schmidt, A.L., Lankshear, J.L., Kowlachuk, S., and Brook, R.K. 2017. Temporal aspects of polar bear (Ursus maritimus) occurrences at field camps in Wapusk National Park, Canada. Polar Biology, 40(8): 1661-1670.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-017-2091-6

Bennett, N.J., Roth, R., Klain, S.C., Chan, K.M.A., Clark, D., Cullman, G., Epstein, G., Nelson, M.P., Stedman, R., Teel, T.L., Thomas, R.E.W., Wyborn, C., Curran, D., Greenberg, A., Sandlos, J., and Verissimo, D.  2016.  Mainstreaming the social sciences in conservation. Conservation Biology, 31(1): 56-66.  https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12788

Clark, D.A., Workman, L., and Jung, T.S.  2016. Impacts of reintroduced bison on First Nations people in Yukon, Canada: finding common ground through participatory research and social learning. Conservation and Society, 14(1): 1-12.  https://doi.org/10.4103/0972-4923.182798

Strickert, G., Chun, K.P., Bradford, L., Clark, D., Gober, P., Reed, M.G., and Payton, B.  2016.  Unpacking viewpoints on water security: Lessons from the South Saskatchewan River Basin. Water Policy, 18(1): 50-72.  https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2015.195

Amick, K., Clark, D., and Brook, R.K.  2015.  Stakeholder perspectives on chronic wasting disease risk and management on the Canadian prairies.  Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 20(5): 408-424.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10871209.2015.1046095

Beach, D.M. and Clark, D.A.  2015.  Scenario planning during rapid ecological change: lessons and perspectives from workshops with southwest Yukon wildlife managers. Ecology and Society, 20(1): 61.  https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-07379-200161

Weber, D.S., Mandler, T., Dyck, M., Van Coeverden De Groot, P.J., Lee, D.S., and Clark, D.A. 2015. Unexpected and undesired conservation outcomes of wildlife trade bans—An emerging problem for stakeholders? Global Ecology and Conservation, 3: 389-400.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2015.01.006

Photo taken at Sommaroy, Norway, May 3, 2014 at TUNDRA project final workshop. From left: Nils Lokken (MES student), Jessica Lankshear (MSEM alumna, Parks Canada), Douglas Clark, Kari Amick (MES alumna, University of Tromso)

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 804 - Decision-making for Environment and Sustainability
  • ENVS 898 - Co-management of Northern Ecosystems and Natural Resources  
"Grizzly bears have become established on the west coast of Hudson Bay since the 1990s and we have detected them every year on remote cameras in Wapusk National Park. In a new, collaborative research project with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre (www.churchillscience.com) we will be working with community members in the region to better understand grizzly bear distribution and how to prevent conflicts with people.” - Prof. Douglas Clark