Gordon Hickey

Gordon Hickey
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B.For.Sci. (Hons.) (University of Melbourne)
PhD (University of British Columbia)
Masters of Public Administration (Exec.) (Australian and New Zealand School of Government, Monash University)

Short Bio

Gordon M. Hickey completed a Bachelor of Forest Science degree (Honours) at the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Public Administration (Executive) at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, Monash University. He is the Founding Head of the Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory specializing in sustainable natural resource management, policy and governance. In 2019 he held the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the Institute for Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College, USA. His work employs qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method techniques to examine diverse socio-ecological and socio-technical systems with a view to informing decision-making and supporting innovative public policies. He has conducted research in over 30 countries on six continents and engages in multi-disciplinary and international research in collaboration with end-users including government, the private sector and local/Indigenous communities.

Awards and Recognitions

2021: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems Research Fellowship, OECD Co-operative Research Programme, Paris.
2019: Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair, Dartmouth College, USA
2014: SUTROFOR Erasmus Mundus Scholar Scholarship, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2014: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems Research Fellowship, OECD Co-operative Research Programme, Paris
2011: International Young Scientist Fellowship, Natural Science Foundation of China
2004: Young Scientist Publication Award, Commonwealth Forestry Association, Oxford, UK.

Active Affiliations

Brace Water Centre
Bieler School of Environment
McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative
McGill-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Neotropical Environment Option
McGill Environmental Assessment Research Cluster
Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science

Research Interests

Sustainable natural resource management is an interdisciplinary concept that integrates environmental, social and economic issues. The goals of my research program are to better understand, and subsequently manage, the complex relationships between society and the natural environment.

Current Research

My current research is organized around three interconnected streams:

  • Monitoring and assessing the impact of natural resource development
  • Fostering resilience in natural resource-dependent communities
  • Organization and innovation for sustainable development

Current projects

  • Understanding trust, risk and control dynamics as the 'Architecture of Collaboration' within Canadian and US transboundary fisheries governance networks. Funded by SSHRC.
  • Water justice & youth mental health resilience: co-creating art-based solutions with Alaskan Native and Awajun communities. Funded by AHRC (United Kingdom)
  • NIHR Global Health Research Group on Community Food for Human Nutrition and Planetary Health in Small Islands (Global CFaH). Funded by NIHR (United Kingdom).
  • A network for monitoring, modelling, and managing Canada's ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience. Funded by NSERC.
  • Validation of the Use of the EcoToxChip Test System for Regulatory Decision Making. Funded by Genome Canada/Quebec.
  • Indigenization of new approach methods for contaminated sites assessments in Indigenous communities: A community-based case study in the Kanien'kéha:ka community of Kanesatake. Funded by NSERC.


AGEC 430 Agric, Food & Resource Policy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impact 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


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