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Jeremy Rayner PhD, MA Professor, U of S

Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus

Rm 160, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Global forest governance
  • Resource, environmental and energy policies
  • Policy theory (especially institutionalism and problems of policy change)


Jeremy Rayner ‘s main areas of specialization in public policy include theories of the policy process (especially policy learning and policy change), policy analysis, governance, resource policy, energy policy and environmental policy. His research currently focuses on governance arrangements for complex policy problems, especially at the intersection of forests, climate change and energy. As chair of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime from 2009-2011, he was responsible for editing and contributing to the panel’s assessment report, and co-authoring and presenting the panel’s policy brief to the ninth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests in January 2011. Rayner continues to work in the area of international forest governance, including a capacity building project in south east Asia and a European-sponsored research group on “forests+”. In the Genome Canada funded VALGEN project, co-led by JSGS colleague Peter Phillips, he is the theme leader for “democratic engagement” research, working on the influence of public consultations around biofuels on policy development. With Kathleen McNutt (JSGS Regina campus) he is working on the concept of nodality in network governance.

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  • PhD in Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • MA in Politics, University of Durham
  • MA in Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University

Recent Grants/Awards

  • Principal Investigator. Using transition management theories to understand the options for sustainable power generation in Saskatchewan (SSHRC Canadian Environmental Issues Strategic Grant), 2009-2012, $239,000.
  • Co-investigator. Value Generation through Genomics and GE3LS [VALGEN]. (Genome Canada), 2009-2013, $5.4 million
  • Co-investigator. Assessing Canada's climate change adaptation policy capacity: multi-level, multi-sectoral challenges to policy making in Canadian governments. (SSHRC Canadian Environmental Issues Strategic Grant), 2009-2012, $203,500.
  • Co-investigator. New governance arrangements and sustainable resource management. (SSHRC Canadian Environmental Issues Research Development Initiative), 2009-2010, $38,000.
  • Principal Investigator. Integrated land management policy. (Sustainable Forest Management NCE), 2006-2008, $225,000.
  • Principal Investigator. Sustainability and natural resources. (SSHRC Cluster Design Grant), 2004-2005, $30,000.

Select Publications

Co-Authored Book

  • Cashore, Ben, George Hoberg, Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner and Jeremy Wilson. 2001. In Search of Sustainability: BC Forest Policy in the 1990s. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Co-Edited Journal

  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2009. "Special issue on managing and designing integrated policy strategies: Lessons from sub-national integrated land management experiences." Policy and Society 28, no. 2.

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

  • Wellstead, Adam, Michael Howlett and Jeremy Rayner. 2013 (accepted). The Neglect of Governance in Forest Sector Vulnerability Assessments: Structural Functionalism and “Black Box” Problems in Climate Change Adaptation Planning, Ecology and Society.
  • Wellstead, Adam, Jeremy Rayner and Michael Howlett. 2013 (in press). Beyond the Black Box: Forest Sector Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation to Climate Change in North America, Environmental Science & Policy.
  • McNutt, Kathleen and Jeremy Rayner. 2012. "Nodal Governance: the diffusion of power in global forest governance networks". in Iver Neumann and Stefano Guzzini (eds.), The Diffusion of Power in Global Governance, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 91-116.
  • Rayner, Jeremy, Kathleen McNutt and Adam Wellstead. 2013. Dispersed Capacity and Weak Coordination: The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation in Canada's Forest Policy Sector, Review of Policy Research, 30(1), 66-90
  • Glueck, Peter and Jeremy Rayner. 2009. "Governance and policies for adaptation." In Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change: A Global Assessment Report, ed. Risto Seppälä, Alexander Buck and Pia Katila. Vol. 22 of IUFRO World Series, 187-210. Helsinki: IUFRO
  • Howlett, Michael, Jeremy Rayner, and Chris Tollefson. 2009. "From old to new governance in Canadian forest policy: Dynamics without change?" In Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics: Prospects for Leadership and Innovation, ed. Debora L. VanNijnatten and Robert Boardman, 183-196. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Howlett, Michael, Jeremy Rayner, and Chris Tollefson. 2009. "From governance to governance in forest planning? Lessons from the case of British Columbia Great Bear Rainforest initiative." Forest Policy and Economics 11. no. 5-6: 383-391.
  • Rayner, Jeremy. 2009. "Understanding policy change as a historical problem." Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 11, no. 1: 83-96.
  • Rayner, Jeremy. 2008. "Governance for Global Competitiveness: The future of aquaculture policy in a world turned upside down." In Aquaculture, Innovation and Social Transformation, ed. Keith Culver and David Castles, 297-381. Frankfurt: Springer. 
  • Howlett, Michael, Jeremy Rayner, and Adam Wellstead. 2008. "National forest planning and sustainability concerns: The international influence." In Environmental Challenges and Oppportunities: Local-Global Perspectives on Canadian Issues, ed. Christopher Gore and Peter J. Stoett, 71-93. Toronto: Emond Montgomery.
  • Rayner, Jeremy and Michael Howlett. 2008. "Caught in a staples vise: Political economy of Canadian aquaculture." In Canadian Staples in Transition: The Past, Present, and Future of Canada's Resource Economy, ed. Michael Howlett and Keith Brownsey, 183-216. Toronto: Emond Montgomery. 
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2008. "Third generation policy diffusion studies and the analysis of policy mixes: Two steps forward and one step back?" Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 10, no. 4: 385-402.
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2007. "Design principles for policy mixes: Cohesion and coherence in 'new governance arrangements.'" Policy and Society 26, vol. 4: 1-18.
  • Rayner, Jeremy and Michael Howlett. 2007. "The national forest strategy in comparative perspective." Forestry Chronicle 83: 651-657.
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2006. "Globalization and governance capacity: Explaining divergence in national forest programs as instances of 'next-generation' regulation in Canada and Europe." Governance 19, no. 2: 251-275.
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2006. "Policy divergence as a response to weak international regimes: The formulation and implementation of natural resource new governance arrangements in Europe and Canada."Policy and Society 24, no. 2:16-45.
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner. 2006. "Understanding the historical turn in the policy sciences: A critique of stochastic, narrative, path dependency and process-sequencing models of policy-making over time." Policy Science 39, no. 1:1-18.
  • Howlett, Michael and Jeremy Rayner 2006. "Convergence and Divergence in 'New Governance' Arrangements: Evidence from European Integrated Natural Resource Strategies." Journal of Public Policy 26, no. 2: 167-189.

Current Research

  • Using transition management theories to understand the options for sustainable power generation in Saskatchewan.
  • Critically assessing the "government to governance" thesis in a variety of policy areas, using a Canadian-European comparative perspective.
  • Developing the concept of "policy capacity" and using it to assess the ability of a variety of Canadian policy sectors to adapt to climate change.
  • Analyzing the challenges posed by regulatory and governance failures and demands for more sophisticated citizen engagement in the area of applied agricultural genomics (VALGEN).
  • Coordinating an expert assessment of the international forest regime