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Margot Hurlbert PhD, LLB, LLM, BAdmin JSGS Faculty, U of R

Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

Areas of Interest

  • Law
  • Government policy
  • Aboriginal governance
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Social justice

About

Hurlbert's research focus is governance and climate change; interrogating laws, policies and practices that will address both the problem of climate change and adaptation to the changing climate. She has participated in and led research projects focusing on aspects of governance including water, agricultural producer livelihoods, drought, flood and energy. The geographical focus of her study is western Canada and South America.

Hurlbert has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and scholarly papers on a broad range of topics but more recently on the subjects of energy, Aboriginal justice, water and climate change adaptation. She has co-authored a book entitled “School Law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms” (second edition)(1992), edited a book, “Pursuing Justice, An introduction to the Study of Justice” in 2010 (currently working on a second edition) and co-edited “Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America,” in 2016.

She also has a long history of volunteerism in the community include volunteering at the YMCA since 1990, holding various executive positions with the Canadian Bar Association since 1987 (acting as their designate on the board of the Public Legal Education Association), filling various executive positions with SCEP Center (a non-profit organization in Regina since 1997), and being President of the Regina Women’s Network (1996-97).

Designations

  • Ph.D., University of Amsterdam (2016)
  • LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School (2004)
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School (1987)
  • B. Admin., Great Distinction, University of Regina (1984)

Appointments

  • Fellow, Earth Systems Governance Project (Future Earth), Lund, Sweden.
  • Associate Editor of International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Member, Environmental Regulatory Research Group, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK.
  • Member of Editorial Board of Research Journal of Environmental Sciences, publishing on environmental science and management.

Select Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles:

  • Acevedo, E., Turbay, S. Hurlbert (forthcoming), M. Barco, M.H, López, K. “Governance and Climate Variability in Chinchina River, Colombia” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and  Management.
  • Hurlbert, M., Mussetta, P. 2016. “Creating resilient water governance for irrigated producers in Mendoza, Argentina” Environmental Science & Policy. 58, pp. 83-94.
  • Hurlbert, M., Gupta, J. 2016. “Adaptive Governance, Uncertainty, and Risk: Policy Framing and Responses to Climate Change, Drought, and Flood” Risk Analysis. 36(2), pp. 339-356. (Case studies in Canada, Chile and Argentina)
  • Montana, E., Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M. 2015. “Developoment, Local Livelihoods and Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in the Andes” Regional Environmental Change, 15 DOI 10.1007/s10113-015-0888-9
  • Hurlbert, M, Gupta, J. 2015. “The Split ladder of Participation: A diagnostic, strategic, and evaluation tool to assess when participation is necessary” Environmental Science and Policy. 50, pp. 100-113.  (Case studies in Canada, Chile and Argentina)
  • Hurlbert, M., Montana, E. 2015. “Dimensions of Adaptive Governance and Drought in Argentina and Canada” Journal of Sustainable Development. 8(1), pp. 120-137.
  • Hurlbert, M., Pittman, J. 2014. “Exploring Adaptive Management in Farm Programs in Saskatchewan” Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research. 6(2-3), pp. 195-212. DOI: 10.1080/19390459.2014.915131
  • Hurlbert, M. 2014. “Evaluating Public Consultation in Nuclear Energy: the importance of problem structuring and scale” International Journal of Energy Sector Management. 8(1), pp. 56-75.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2014. “Adaptive Institutional Design in Agri-Environmental Programs” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. 6(2), pp. 145-165.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2013. “Learning, Participation, and Adaptation: Exploring Agri-Environmental Programs” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.847823
  • Hurlbert, M., Diaz, H. 2013. “Water Governance in Chile and Canada – A comparison of adaptive characteristics” special feature on the Governance of Adaptation of Ecology and Society. 18(4), pp. 61-76.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Perceptions of Climate Risk in the South Saskatchewan River Basin and Impacts on Climate Policy Choice” Climate and Carbon Law Review. (3), pp. 341-355.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Evaluating climate justice – attitudes and opinions of individual stakeholders in the United Nation Framework Climate Change Convention Conference of the Parties” Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences. 8(3), pp. 1-20.
  • Hurlbert, M., McNutt, K., Rayner, J. 2011. “Pathways to Power: Policy Transitions and the Reappearance of the Nuclear Power Option in Saskatchewan” Energy Policy. 39(6), pp. 3182-3190.
  • Hurlbert, M., McNutt, K., Rayner, J. 2010. “Policy Pathways: Transitioning to Sustainable Power Generation in Saskatchewan” Renewable Energy Law and Policy (2010), 1, pp. 49-62.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2009. “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into the Law” Retfaerd Argang. 32(3), pp. 23 – 39.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2009. “The Adaptation of Water Law to Climate Change” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. 1(3), pp. 230 – 240.
  • Hurlbert, M., Corkal, D., Diaz, H., Warren, J. 2009. “Climate Change and Water Governance in Saskatchewan, Canada” International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management. 1(2), pp. 118-132.
  • Hurlbert, M., Corkal, D., Diaz, H. 2009. “Government and Civil Society: Adaptive Water Management in the South Saskatchewan River Basin”, Prairie Forum, a special edition on climate change. 34(1), pp. 181-207.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2009. “Comparative Water Governance in the Four Western Provinces” Prairie Forum, a special edition on climate change. 34 (1), pp. 45-77.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2008. “R. v. Moccasin, the Continued Struggle for Fairness in Aboriginal Sentencing” University of Saskatchewan Law Review. 71(2), pp. 391-421.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2006. “The Growing Promise of Aboriginal Justice” Restorative Directions. 2 (2a), pp. 49-96.

Peer Reviewed Books:

  • Hurlbert, M. “Adaptive Governance of Disaster: Drought and Flood in Rural Areas” with Pahl, Wostl, C., Gupta, J., (Series Eds) in Water Governance: Concepts, Methods, and Practice. Springer, Hamburg.
  • Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) 2016. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Hurlbert, M. (Ed.) 2011.  Pursuing Justice. Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, E.L., Hurlbert, M.A. (1989 and 1992) School Law under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms  The University of Calgary Press: Calgary.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:

  • Hurlbert, M., Mussetta, P., Turbay, S. 2016. “Canadian, Argentinean, and Colombian Programs Building Resiliency to Extreme Events.” Chapter in Climate Change Adaptation, Resilience and Hazards.  Springer, Switzerland. 
  • Leal, W., Hurlbert, M., and Diaz, H. 2016. The Role of Governance in Supporting Climate Change Adaptation Processes. Chapter J. Knieling and and K. Klindworth (eds.), Climate Adaptation Governance: Theory, Concepts and Praxis in Cities and Regions. John Wiley & Sons, Hamburg, Germany, in press.  .
  • Hurlbert, M. 2016. “Governance of Drought” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M. Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (pp. 199-217).
  • Hurlbert, M. 2016. “Water Governance in the Canadian Prairies” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (pp. 217-249).
  • Pittman, J., Corkal D., Hadarits, M., Harrison T., Hurlbert, M., Unvoas, A. 2016. “Bridging knowledge systems for drought preparedness: Case study from the Swift Current Creek Watershed (Canada)” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (279-301).
  • Hurlbert, M., Warren, J., Diaz, H. 2016. “Conclusion” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (351-361).
  • Wandel, J., Diaz, H., Warren, J., Hadarits, M., Hurlbert, M., Pittman, J. 2016. “Drought and Vulnerability: A Conceptual Approach” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (351-361).
  • Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. 2016. “Introduction” in Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press, Calgary, Alberta. (pp. 1-13).
  • Hurlbert, M. Musetta, P. Ivars, J. 2015. “Multi-level Analysis and Comparison of Climate Change Policies in Argentina and Canada” (pp 1143-1164), in Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer –Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2015. “Assessing the Capacity of Law to Facilitate Adaptation to Climate Change” (pp 707-723) in Leal Filho, W. (Ed.) Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Springer –Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2012. “Social Learning through Local Water Governance Institutions” chapter 41 in Leal Filho, W. (Ed) Climate Change and the Sustainable Use of Water Resources, Springer-Verlag: Berlin, pp. 685-700.
  • Hurlbert, M., Mulvale, J. 2011. “Defining Justice” Chapter 1 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice, Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Theorizing Justice” Chapter 2 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice. Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Gerlach, L., Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Social Justice, Stratification, and Oppression”, chapter 3 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice, Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Environmental Justice” Chapter 7 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice.  Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Human Rights” Chapter 8 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice. Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “Law and Justice” Chapter 10 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice.  Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M., Greenberg, H. 2011. “Restorative Justice” Chapter 12 in Hurlbert, Margot (Ed.) Pursuing Justice.  Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.
  • Hurlbert, M., Durst, D. Greenberg, H. 2010. “Restorative Justice in Aboriginal Communities” chapter 9 in Brownlee, Keith, Neckoway, Raymond, Delaney, Roger, and Durst, Douglas (Eds.) Social Work & Aboriginal Peoples, Perspectives from Canada’s Rural and Provincial North, Lakehead University: Thunder Bay.
  • Hurlbert, M., Corkal, D., Diaz, H. 2010. “Government Institutions and Climate Change Policy” Chapter 12  in The New Normal: The Canadian Prairies in a Changing Climate, Editors Dave Sauchyn, Harry Diaz, and Suren Kulshreshtha, CPRC Press, Regina.
  • Hurlbert, M., Corkal, D., Diaz, H. 2010. “Government Institutions and Water Policy” Chapter 18 in The New Normal: The Canadian Prairies in a Changing Climate, Editors, Dave Sauchyn, Harry Diaz, and Suren Kulshreshtha, CPRC Press, Regina.
  • Hurlbert, M., Corkal, D., Diaz, H. 2009. “Government and Civil Society: Adaptive Water Management in the South Saskatchewan River Basin”, in Marchildon, Greg (Ed.). Dry Oasis. Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change. CPRC Press: Regina.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2009. “Comparative Water Governance in the Four Western Provinces” in Marchildon, Greg (Ed.). Dry Oasis. Institutional Adaptations to Climate Change. CPRC Press: Regina.
  • Hurlbert, M.A., McKenzie, J. 2008. “Aboriginal Peoples and the Criminal Justice System” chapter 8, Whyte, John D. (ed.) Moving Toward Justice. Legal Traditions and Aboriginal Justice. Purich, Saskatoon. pp. 142-159.

Research Reports:

  • Hurlbert, M., Hague, S., Diaz, H. 2015. Vulnerability to Climate Extremes in the Americas Project (VACEA) Governance and Policy Assessment (Unit IC) (167 pp.) Available here
  • Hurlbert, M., Andrews, E., Tesfamariam, Y., Warren J. 2015. Governing Water: Deliberative Institutions and Adaptation. (157 pp. ) Available here
  • Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M. 2014. Main Research Insights from Theme 1; Community Vulnerability and Governance Assessments. VACEA Project. (27 pp.)
  • Warren, J., Hurlbert, M., Diaz, H. 2013. “The Cassandra Problem: A Review of Science-Policy Interface Literature” prepared by  James Warren. October 2, 2013. (54 pp).
  • Hurlbert, M., Diaz ,H. Warren, J. 2012.  “Workshop Synopsis and Assessment Report for the Facilitating Knowledge Mobilization at the Science/Policy Interface Workshop” September 10-11, 2012 Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.

Other Publications:

  • Patterson, J., Schulz, K., Vervoort, J., Adler, C., Hurlbert, M., van der Hel, S., Schmidt, A., Barau, Al., Obani, P;. Sethi, M., Hissen, N., Tebboth, M., Anderton, K. Borner, S. Widerberg., O. ‘Transformations Towards Sustainability” Emerging approaches, critical reflections and a research agenda. Earth System Governance, July 2015.  Working Paper.  Available here
  • Hurlbert, M. 2014. Book Review - “Canada, the Provinces, and the Global Nuclear Revival,” by Duane Bratt, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012 in Great Plains Research, 24(2), pp. 215-216.
  • Warren, J., Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M. 2013. The Cassandra Problem: A Review of Science-Policy Interface Literature. Interface Lit Review, October, 2, 2013, University of Regina, Regina, Sk.
  • Lead Authors: Campbell, I.D., Durant D.G., Contributing Authors, Howard, A., Corkal, D.R., Cook D., Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Marchildon, G.P., Sauchyn, D.J.  2012. “Food Systems and Food Security – Agriculture in Canada.” Government of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.
  • Hurlbert, M., Rayner, J., Hague, S. 2012. “Building a Democratic Uranium Development Strategy in Saskatchewan, Canada” published in the conference proceedings of the Lund Earth Systems Governance Conference, Lund, Sweden, April 18-20, 2012. Available here
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. “The challenge of “consensus” of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change” Bulletin – CBA National Section on International Law Newsletter, May 2011.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2011. Blog on “Environmental Justice”, commemorating Earth Day 2011, University of Regina, May, 2011.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2010. “Blog on Safe-Haven Program and Child Abandonment or Endangerment”, Interdisciplinary Round Table, Arts and Minds: The Faculty of Arts Magazine. Fall, 2010.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2010.  “Observations of Copenhagen – the COP 15” Barnotes, CBA Saskatchewan, Summer 2010, XXIV (4), p. 32.
  • Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J., Corkal, D.R. 2009.  “Saskatchewan Water Governance Assessment Final Report, Unit 1E Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change Project (October, 2009) posted on research team site of Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change Project, SSHRC MCRI (316 pp.).
  • Hurlbert, M. 2008. “Water Governance in the Prairie Provinces” Winter, 17 Policy Dialogue, Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, pp. 24-26.
  • McKenzie, J., Hurlbert, M.A. 2007. “Transmission in the Canadian Prairies” (February 2007) 29(1) Geopolitics of Energy, pp. 5-10.
  • Hurlbert, M.A. 2006. “Inter-jurisdictional Water Law - SSRB” prepared for and posted on research team site of Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change Project, SSHRC MCRI.
  • Hurlbert, M.A. 2006. “Water Law in the South Saskatchewan River Basin (Alberta/Saskatchewan)” prepared for and posted on research team site of Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change Project, SSHRC MCRI (Ibid.).

Current Courses

  • Advanced Governance
  • Water Policy
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Current Research

Hurlbert's research focuses on governance, climate change, environment, water, energy, food, and marginalized peoples. 

  1. (2016) Co-Researcher – Prairie Partnership for Arts Research (PPAR) Project: Creative and Cultural Ecosystems on the Prairies. Project Leader for “Community Engagement, Equity and Impacts” Research Cluster.  $20,000.00  Successful Letter of Intent to develop Full Partnership Application with SSHRC.
  2. (2016) Collaborator – Social Dimensions of Climate Hazards: Adapting to Wildfire and Flood in Saskatchewan’s Farm, Forestry, and First Nations Communities. $300,000 SSHRC Insight Grant.  Respondible for recommendations for socially inclusive climate adaptation policies and practices at local and provincial levels.
  3. (2015) Co-Researcher.  “SSHRC Small Nuclear Innovation Policy Partnership.” ($141,590) with partners of the Canadian Nuclear Association and Cameco Corporation to develop scholarly understanding of the challenges facing deployment of small nuclear reactors, identifying and assessing best practices for governance, regulation and commercialization.
  4. (2014) Principal Researcher. “Bringing together climate, science and policy: Contributions for influential science in Latin America” ($59,500.00) received from International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canadian Partnerships, Small Grants for Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing Program.
  5. (2013) Principal Researcher. “Explaining the Climate Change Science and Policy Interface” ($3,292.00) received from the SSHRC General Research Grant President’s Fund in order to build a comprehensive literature review.
  6. (2012-2013) Principal Researcher. “Facilitating Knowledge Mobilization at the Science/Policy Interface.” ($44,131) SSHRC Connection Grant to engage with natural scientists, social scientists, NGOs, Policy makers, and members of industry to discuss guidelines, methodologies, and tools for improving the linkages between science and policy in the area of climate change.
  7. (2013) Co-researcher. Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan ($200,000) SSHRC Partnership Development Program funded project exploring, studying and mapping the network of connections in which Saskatchewan artists work within the arts community and broader Saskatchewan community.  This project is an interdisciplinary project with partners which include the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture. 
  8. (2011-2016) Co-researcher. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas (VACEA).  ($1,250,000) International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change grant funded by SSHRC, NSERC, and IDRC Governance and policy Canadian team lead (Co-Investigator).  This project is a collaborative, comparative and interdisciplinary investigation of vulnerable rural agricultural and indigenous communities in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Columbia.
  9. (2010-2013) Principal Researcher. Water Governance and Climate Change – The Engagement of Civil Society. Approximately ($95,185) from SSHRC Standard Grant.  Principal Investigator studying local watershed advisory groups in the three Prairie Provinces in relation to climate change, the reduction of vulnerability and improving bottom up integrated water governance.  Funding agency: SSHRC Standard Research Grants.
  10. Co-researcher on two projects, each for approximately $250,000, received from the SSHRC Research Grants - Canadian Environmental Issues Fund.  The first had Dr. Diaz (CPRC as main investigator) on “Rural Community and Adaptation to Drought.”  This project is studying the 2001-2002 droughts and the exposure of rural people of selected communities and their adaptation process.  This study fostered a dialogue between governance agencies and communities to assist drought planning.
  11. The second project was for $238,200 with Dr. Jeremy Rayner as main investigator respecting “Energy Futures: Managing a Transition to Sustainable Energy in Saskatchewan.” This research focuses on transitions in governance from government to local governance surrounding energy supply choices (March 1, 2009 – February 28, 2012).
  12. Co-Researcher ($25,000.00) received from TriCouncil/IDRC Program – International Initiative on Adaptation to climate change to develop research proposal with Latin America.  This resulted in the VACEA project.
  13. Collaborator (2006-2009). Institutional Adaptation to Climate Change (“IACC”) project funded by SSHRC comparing water governance in Chile and Canada at the Canadian Plains Research Center.
  14. Hurlbert utilized internal University of Regina research funds to research the dimensions of governance emerging from the UNFCCC Copenhagen climate change negotiations.  The theoretical and methodological core of this research approach was the relationship and interchange between ecological conditions (CO2 emissions and climate change) and social patterns (the institutions of emission reduction and adaptive governance).  The social construction of the risk, trust and science of climate change and the linkages to the outcome of the conference and policy tools chosen were analyzed.