The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Boucher to a faculty lecturer position at its University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus effective May 1, 2019. Boucher will be the academic lead for the online Master of Public Administration (MPA) and will play a key role in the Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) program. He will be responsible for developing the online version of the MPA, including conceptualizing the instructional format. He will also oversee the development of all the courses for online delivery and undertake instruction of some courses in both programs.
"I am honoured to be part of the world-class team at JSGS,” says Boucher. The students, staff, and faculty are top notch and have been wonderful to work with. I am excited to take the expertise and energy at JSGS into the online learning environment."
Boucher is completing his PhD in Environment and Sustainability at USask, where he is supervised by Dr. Jeremy Rayner. His thesis focuses on socio-technical pathways to clean energy in Canada, the United States, and Sweden. More generally, his research has focused on northern energy transitions, energy sustainability, energy justice, public policy and decentralized energy. Since joining USask in 2014, he has been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, including the School of Environment and Sustainability’s (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.
Boucher has developed and taught online graduate courses in public policy analysis and in negotiations and consultations with Indigenous communities in the North, as part of the school’s MPA and GENI programs. He has also developed and co-taught a number of online courses for SENS.
Prior to entering academia, Boucher managed a civil and environmental engineering firm in Ottawa. He also spent three years in South Korea and Taiwan as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor and as a volunteer in a number of youth-focused organizations.
Boucher has published in a number of journals including Energy Research and Social Science, Applied Energy, Policy Options, and the Journal of Integrated Studies. He has also presented at conferences, provided expert testimony on sustainable energy in Saskatchewan, and has co-led province-wide public stakeholder consultations on solar energy programs.