Gordon Hickey

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Professor; William Dawson Scholar

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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 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. 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 teams working in collaboration with end-users including government, the private sector and local/Indigenous communities. He is presently an Associate Editor of the journals Food Security and Society & Natural Resources.

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

Associate Editor, Food Security (2011- current)
Associate Editor, Society & Natural Resources (2017-current)
McGill School of Environment (MSE)
McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI)
McGill-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Neotropical Environment Option (NEO)
McGill Environmental Assessment Research Cluster (EARC)
Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)

Research Interests

Professor Hickey's research seeks to advance the sustainable governance of complex natural resource management systems at a range of scales. His Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory engages in scholarship that is innovative, interdisciplinary, inclusive, international and applied.

Current Research

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. This necessarily challenges disciplinary boundaries. Current research is organized around three separate, but interconnected, streams: 1) Monitoring and assessing the impact of natural resource development; 2) Fostering resilience in natural resource-dependent communities; 3) 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.
  • Intervention co-creation to improve community-based food production and household nutrition in Small Island Developing States (ICoFaN). Funded by BBRSC (United Kingdom).
  • A network for monitoring, modelling, and managing Canada's ecosystem services for sustainability and resilience. Funded by NSERC.
  • Improving household nutrition security and public health in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Funded by IDRC.
  • EcoToxChip: A toxicogenonomics tool for chemical prioritization and environmental management. Funded by Genome Canada/Quebec.


AGEC 430 Agric, Food & Resource Policy 3 Credits
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ENVB 437 Assessing Environmental Impact 3 Credits
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ENVR 610 Foundations of Environ Policy 3 Credits
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