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Martin Boucher PhD, MA, BSc JSGS Faculty, U of S

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

150-101 Diefenbaker Place, SK S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Cities and Climate Change
  • Sustainability Transitions
  • Energy Sustainability
  • Northern Energy Transitions
  • Public Policy and Decentralized Energy
  • Energy Justice


Martin Boucher is the academic lead for the online Master of Public Administration (online MPA) and plays a key role in the Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) program.  His research focuses on socio-technical pathways to clean energy in Canada, the United States, and Sweden.

Since joining USask in 2014, he has been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, including the SENS' Nexen Energy Graduate Scholarship and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant. Boucher has an MA in Integrated Studies with a concentration in global change from Athabasca University and a BSc (honours) in Natural Science from the University of Waterloo.


  • Ph.D., Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
  • M.A., Integrated Studies, Athabasca University
  • B.Sc., Honours Natural Science, University of Waterloo

Supervisory Capacity

Martin Boucher is currently accepting applications from new PhD, MPP, and GENI students for September 2022 in the following research areas: northern energy transitions, energy justice, post-secondary education policy, and skills and competency advancement.

Recent Grants/Awards


  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, $60,000, 2016 - 2018
  • SENS Nexen Energy Graduate Scholarship, $90,000, 2014 - 2017
  • Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, $20,000, 2016
  • Graduate Teaching Fellowship, $20,000, 2015

Select Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Dolter, Brett. Boucher, Martin. 2018. “Solar Energy Justice: A Case Study Analysis of Saskatchewan, Canada”. Applied Energy.
  • Cavallaro, Michael. Boucher, Martin. Steelman, Toddi. 2016. “Sustainability Champions: Role-Models in Sustainability Graduate Education”. World Sustainability Series: Training Approaches and Sustainable Development in Higher Education.
  • Boucher, Martin. 2016. “Decentralized Energy: Prospects, Justice, and Transition”. Energy Research and Social Science. (11).
  • Boucher, Martin. 2015. “The Political Economy of Sustainable Urbanization”. Journal of Integrated Studies, 5(1).

Non Peer-Reviewed Articles and Conference Papers  

  • Boucher, Martin. 2018. “Renewables: The Politics of a Global Energy Transition” (Book Review) by Michaël Aklin and Johannes Urpelainen. Energy Research & Social Science. [In press].
  • Dolter, Brett. Boucher, Martin. April 28, 2017. “Let’s Talk Solar: A Public Consultation on Solar Energy”. SaskPower.
  • Boucher, Martin. Daviduik, Sharla. 2017. “Sustainability Energy Options for Saskatchewan: Conference Summary Report. School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Boucher, Martin. Loring, Phillip. 2016. “Climate change is more than a tech problem, so we need more than a tech solution”. ENSIA.
  • Goertz, Colten. Boucher, Martin. Gouchie, Miranda. Koebel, Tyler. Nwanekezie, Kelechi. January 19, 2016. “Measuring action on climate change”. Policy Options.
  • Boucher, Martin. December 28, 2015. “Viewpoint: Low carbon diet good for Sask.” The StarPheonix.
  • Boucher, Martin. Forrester, Kathryn. Kelly, Kaitlin;.Luke, Lindsay. Mingle, Jonathan. Willness, Ross. Hesseln, Hayley. May 2015. “Valuing the Reintroduction of Bison to Wanuskewin Heritage Park”. University of Saskatchewan.