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Maureen Reed PhD Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Assistant Director, Academic, School of Environment and Sustainability
University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher

Room 335, Kirk Hall

Research Area(s)

  • Environmental Governance
  • Biocultural diversity and reconciliation
  • Sustainability of Rural Communities
  • Feminist and Gender-based Analysis
  • Social dimensions of climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Forestry, Model Forests, Biosphere Reserves

Academic Credentials

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University of Waterloo
  • Master of Arts in Geography, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of Victoria

Research Profile

Dr. Reed’s research focuses on practices of governance that support the sustainability of local ecosystems, livelihoods and communities that rely on them. She works with model regions that seek sustainability including biosphere reserves, model forests, forestry communities, and Indigenous communities, to develop strategies of governance that are inclusive and equitable. She has pioneered research on gender and forestry in the global north and is working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to develop governance innovations that support the mutual desire to advance biological and cultural sustainability.

Current Research

  • Social Dimensions of Climate Hazards: Adapting to Wildfire and Flood in Saskatchewan’s Farm, Forestry, and First Nations Communities
  • Participation and Social Learning in Collaborative Forest Governance
  • Co-building sustainability and reconciliation
  • Developing strategies for informed collaborative decision making for vegetation management on northern Rights-of-Way
  • Innovations in Governance for Sustainability with UNESCO Biosphere Reserves

News and Media

Selected Publications

Reed, M.G. 2017. Understanding the gendered labours of adaptation to climate change in forest-based communities through different models of analysis. In Cohen, M. (ed.). Gender and Climate Change in Rich Countries:  Work, Public Policy and Action. London: Routledge. 199-214.

Reed, M.G.  2016.  Conservation (in)action: Renewing the relevance of UNESCO biosphere reserves.  Conservation Letters, 9(6): 448-456. https://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12275

George, C. and Reed, M.G.  2016.  Building institutional capacity for environmental governance through social entrepreneurship: Lessons from Canadian Biosphere Reserves.  Ecology and Society, 21(1): 18. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08229-210118

George, C. and Reed, M.G.  2016.  Revealing inadvertent elitism in stakeholder models of environmental governance: Assessing procedural justice in sustainability organizations.  Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(1): 158-177.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09640568.2016.1146576

Egunyu, F., and Reed, M.G.  2015.  Social learning by whom?: Assessing gendered opportunities for participation and social learning in collaborative forest governance. Ecology and Society, 20(4): 44.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-08126-200444

Reed, M.G., Godmaire, H., Abernethy, P., and Guertin, M.A.  2014.  Building a community of practice for sustainability:  Strengthening learning and collective action of Canadian Biosphere Reserves through a national partnership.  Journal of Environmental Management, 145: 230-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.06.030

Parkins, J. and Reed, M.G. (eds.)  2013.  The Social Transformation of Rural Canada: New Insights into Community, Culture, and Citizenship. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Reed, M.G. and Bruyneel, S.  2010.  Rescaling environmental governance, rethinking the state: A three-dimensional review.  Progress in Human Geography, 34(5): 646-653. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132509354836

Draper, D. and Reed, M.G.  2009. Our Environment: A Canadian Perspective. Fourth edition. Toronto, ON: Nelson. 648 pp.

Reed, M.G.  2003.  Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press. 272 pp.

Reed, M.G.  1997.  Power relations and community-based tourism planning.  Annals of Tourism Research, 24:  566-591.  https://doi.org/10.1016/S0160-7383(97)00023-6

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 803 - Research in Environment and Sustainability 
  • ENVS 809 - Doctoral Seminar in Environment and Sustainability