Canada Research Chair Tier 1 – Energy Policy, Tenure-Track

The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) invites applications for a Professor position for the nomination of a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Energy Policy, commencing January 1, 2018. 

The CRC in Energy Policy is expected to coordinate research by multidisciplinary teams on all aspects of energy issues from a global perspective.  Candidates should normally have reached the rank of full Professor but Associate Professors who are expected to be promoted to the full Professor level within one or two years of the nomination may also be considered.

Through participation in one of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP)’s founding research cluster categories focused on energy, this CRC will directly contribute to the achievement of U of R strategic and research objectives by:

  • Advancing U of R priorities outlined in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, peyak aski kikawinaw, relating to research impacts, commitment to communities and student success;
  • Supporting institutional commitments with respect to Indigenization and sustainability;
  • Furthering university research objectives relating to high impact outcomes, advancing research profile and awareness, and increasing partnerships and projects with First Nations and Metis people, communities and organizations; and,
  • Contributing as a critical and essential component of U of R activity and success in its research cluster area pertaining to Water, Environment, and Clean Energy.

More specifically, this CRC will contribute to the advancement of multiple institutional goals by increasing demonstrable outcomes in policy related areas; enhancing JSGS and the U of R’s international reputation; helping to recruit highly qualified academic and student researchers; leveraging government, Tri-Council and industry funding; and, increasing research collaboration with Indigenous researchers and partners.


The successful candidate will have a PhD, will be an established leader in his/her field as evidenced by an exceptional record of research, funding, scholarship, teaching and mentorship with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of energy policy.  The selected candidate will be a leader in fostering and enhancing interdisciplinary and collaborative research partnerships that support and advance innovative energy policy locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Canada Research Chair is established by the Government of Canada to foster research excellence (  Tier 1 Chairs are intended for exceptional established scholars who are outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; who are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; who have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account different practices in the relevant field or discipline) and, as chair holders, will attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and who propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.

The University of Regina is committed to creating a culture that celebrates the strengths of diversity.  The University of Regina is committed to employment equity and achieving a representative workforce that is representative of Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons who because of their race or colour are a visible minority in Canada, and women.  Qualified diversity group members are encouraged to self identify on their application.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

Impact on research profile of unit and university

It is anticipated that this CRC will build on the following JSGS research strengths and analytic capacities to substantially impact the research profile of JSGS and the U of R in addressing challenges relating to energy policy:

Strategic assessment:

  • Prospective analyses and retrospective assessments to test governance systems and identify potential options to improve performance in the energy sector will focus on improving understanding between scientific definitions of risk, public understandings of uncertainty and institutional evaluative methods for assessing related technologies and techniques.

Societal engagement:

  • Increasing social engagement, including among rural and Indigenous communities, in discourse around the energy sector in ways that address perceptions of risk and framing of choices will include focus on knowledge mobilization and democratic engagement to develop strategies and opportunities for informed public participation in controversial issues relating to energy production/consumption.

Support for decision making:

  • Understanding how perceptions about risks and benefits intersect with goals to have science-based and evidence-informed energy policies, along with regulatory and other decision systems will provide insight on how stakeholders use evidence within decision-making structures and how new knowledge is accessed, interpreted and translated in areas relating to energy policy.

 All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat.

Salary and Benefits

Depending on qualifications and experience, as per the URFA Collective Agreement.


Applicants must electronically submit the following documents through the University of Regina (U of R) website (

  1. a cover letter describing how the applicant meets the criteria for the position;
  2. an up-to-date curriculum vitae;
  3. a proposed five-year research plan in the area of Energy Policy.  The plan should address the objectives of the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program and include a proposal for developing or enhancing interdisciplinary research strengths and a plan for developing externally funded research projects and/or other projects appropriate to the mandate of the CRC (;
  4. copies of or links to two recent publications;
  5. a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness; and,
  6. the names and contact information for three referees.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact Dr. Kathleen McNutt, Executive Director, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at

Open Until Filled

Status:  Full-Time