Workshop on Metrics for Sustainability Governance


Redpath Museum Room 106, 859 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C4, CA
Free, but RSVP required.

Professor Jaye Ellis, who holds a joint appointment with the McGill School of Environment, invites researchers – faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students – who work with sustainability metrics and the problem-solving and decision-making contexts in which they are relevant to come participate in a workshop on sustainability metrics. We anticipate 25-30 participants.

See full details in our Word document.

If you are interested in attending, email to mssi [at] with your your name, status, and unit.

This workshop aims to bring together a range of expertise and perspectives on metrics and their use in sustainability governance, and problem-solving more generally. Participants will discuss what makes a good metric, from a number of different perspectives, in order to shed light on the strengths, weaknesses, contributions, and dangers posed by metrics. Among the issues to be raised are the following:

  • Evaluation of metrics: inputs, process of construction, and application
  • Standards and criteria for creating and applying metrics
  • What is left behind: incorporating the unquantifiable
  • Forms of knowledge: incorporating non-expert knowledge
  • Forms of knowledge: Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Means for making metrics and their applications more transparent
  • Acknowledging and addressing uncertainty