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Christopher (Chris) Gunter PhD, M.Phil, B.B.A. JSGS Faculty, U of S

Faculty Lecturer, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Rm 152, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Public participation
  • Democratic deliberation
  • Arts management
  • Creative and cultural industries
  • Public institutions
  • Discourse and knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
  • Cultural studies
  • Critical cultural policy
  • Cultural heritage and identity
  • Museums and cultural policy
  • Ecomuseums


Chris hails from the University of Ottawa School of Political Studies, where he finished his Ph.D. in Administration (2018). Chris’ research and interests include public participation, democratic deliberation, arts management, creative and cultural industries, public institutions, discourse and knowledge, interdisciplinary approaches, cultural studies, critical cultural policy, cultural heritage and identity, museums and cultural policy, and ecomuseums. He has taught courses in public management, public participation and cultural management, interdisciplinary research methods, and ethics.

Throughout his graduate career, Chris was awarded over $117K in scholarships and awards, including a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, in 2010. Prior to his doctoral program, he spent time at the University of New Brunswick, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Policy Studies (2011), a University Teaching Diploma (2010), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance (2008).

Outside of academia, Chris has served as a senior policy researcher for Public Governance International (PGI) where he analyzed frameworks that provide a conceptual road map for navigating the relationship between government, society and citizens. He also supported PGI’s work with national and international partners and contributed to projects on public sector risk, citizen participation, gamification, sustainability, and course design and learning activities. Prior to this, Chris was a Communications, Digital Media and Web Manager for Workers’ History Museum in Ottawa. He also spent time as a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at Universidad de La Salle, Chapel of the Star (Campus Chapinero) in Colombia, and as a Health Promotion Researcher for CF Health Services Group within the Government of Canada’s Department of National Defence. 


  • PhD in Public Administration, University of Ottawa
  • M.Phil. (Honours), Interdisciplinary Policy Studies, University of New Brunswick
  • University Teaching Diploma (DUT), University of New Brunswick
  • B.B.A. (Honours), Finance, University of New Brunswick

Recent Grants/Awards

Recent Awards and Honors

  • SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2010)

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Gunter, C. (2019). La nouvelle muséologie comme mouvement politique et sa réception en France et au Québec. Culture and Local Governance / Culture et gouvernance locale, 6 (1), p. 50-63, doi: 10.18192/clg-cgl.v6i1.4556
  • Gunter, C. (2017). "Ecomuseums: challenging temporality through community reappropriation". The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 47(4), p. 259-273, doi:10.1080/10632921.2017.1320617 
  • Paquette, J. Beauregard, D. & Gunter, C. (2016). "Positivism and cultural policy: Saint-Simon, Comte, Littré and the French Cultural Policy". Modern & Contemporary France, p.15-30 25(1), doi: 10.1080/09639489.2016.1197894
  • Paquette, J. & Gunter, C. (2016). "Exhibiting Science and Professionalism: Organizational Symbolism and Professional Commemorations in Vietnamese Museums". THEMA. La revue des Musées de la civilization, 4(1), p.1-16, From : https://thema.mcq.org/index.php/Thema/article/view/83
  • Paquette, J., Beauregard, D. & Gunter, C. (2015). "Settler colonialism and cultural policy: The colonial foundations and refoundations of Canadian cultural policy". The International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21(5), p. 1-16, doi: 10.1080/10286632.2015.1043294