Gordon Hickey

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Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar

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B.For.Sci. (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 presently an Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University specializing in sustainable natural resource management, policy and governance. He is the Founding Head of the Sustainable Futures Research Laboratory. Prior to joining McGill, he was the Manager of Forest Policy and Projects in the State Government of Victoria, Australia. He is presently an Associate Editor of the journals Food Security and Society & Natural Resources.

Awards and Recognitions

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
2013: Liber Ero Fellowship in Science Communication and Policy Engagement, McGill University
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

Dr. Hickey’s research is at the forefront of understanding how government can better support the sustainable governance of complex natural resource management systems at a range of scales. His international and applied research seeks to offer innovative and sensitive public policy guidance on a wide range of sustainable development challenges facing society.  

Current Research

Throughout the world, the sustainability of natural resources and their management have become critical considerations for science, policy and development. There are, however, important conceptual, practical and institutional challenges associated with developing innovative and sustainable natural resource management policies and practices within interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder frameworks. Recognizing these challenges, our international research works to advance the sustainable natural resource management and policy objectives of society through better understanding the complex interactions between social and ecological systems. More specifically, our 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

  • Is social capital an underutilized resource for enhancing the transfer of science based knowledge across agency boundaries? Funded by SSHRC and the IBM Centre for the Business of Government.
  • Innovation, science and trans-boundary environmental governance: Using social capital to enhance collaboration and co-learning in the management of the Great Lakes fisheries. Funded by SSHRC.
  • 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.
  • Wild Food, Inc. & climate change in Northern Quebec. Funded by Ouranos, MSSI.


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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