Margot Hurlbert has a B.Admin. (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina, an LL.B. (Osgoode), and an LL.M. (Osgoode) in Constitutional Law with a focus on Aboriginal and environmental issues, and  Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam (social and behavioural sciences). Margot has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and scholarly papers on a broad range of justice topics but more recently on the subjects of energy, climate change adaptation, water, adaptive governance and marginalized people.

Prior to embarking on a full time academic career, Margot practiced law in private practice for 12 years and in corporate practice as the Assistant General Counsel for SaskPower, the provincial electricity provider, for seven years. As diverse as her publication list, her areas of practice included human rights, family, agriculture, criminal and banking law, as well as corporate commercial, privacy, power purchase agreements, international power trading, environmental law, and legislative drafting and policy.

Margot Hurlbert is the University of Regina lead for the Energy cluster of the Centre  for Science and Innovation Policy of Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.  She is also jointly appointed at the University of Regina to the Department of Justice Studies and the Department of Sociology and Social Studies. She currently has research projects relating to clean energy technologies, climate change adaptation, adaptive governance and Aboriginal peoples.

Dr. Hurlbert is currently a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 7, “Risk Management and Decision Making in Relation to Sustainable Development”  of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems 2017- 2019.

Some of her recent publications include:

  • Hurlbert, M., Andrews, E. forthcoming. Deliberative Democracy in Canadian Watershed Governance.  Water Alternatives.
  • Hurlbert, M. (Forthcoming) The Challenge of Integrated Flood Risk Governance: Case studies of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Canada. International Journal of River Basin Management.
  • Hurlbert, M. (Forthcoming). “Reflecting on the Privilege of the Canadian Treaties.” Global Advances in Victimology and Psychology    Tesfamariam, Y., Hurlbert, M. 2017. Gendered Adaptation of  Eritrean Dryland Farmers. International Journal of Climate change Strategies and Management. 9(2)
  • Hurlbert, M. Gupta, J. 2017. The Adaptive Capacity of Institutions in Canada, Argentina, and Chile to Droughts and Floods Climate Change, Regional Environmental Change 17: 865-877. DOI 10.1007/s10113-016-1078-0
  • Acevedo, E., Turbay, S., Hurlbert, M 2016. Governance and climate ariability in Chinchina River, ColombiaInternational Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 8(5):632-653DOI10.1108/IJCCSM-04-2015-0038
  • Hurlbert, M., Mussetta, P. 2016. “Creating resilient water governance for irrigated producers in Mendoza, Argentina” Environmental Science & Policy. 58, pp. 83-94.
  • Hurlbert, M., Gupta, J. 2016. “Adaptive Governance, Uncertainty, and Risk: Policy Framing and Responses to Climate Change, Drought, and Flood” Risk Analysis. 36(2), pp. 339-356. (Case studies in Canada, Chile and Argentina)
  • Montana, E., Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M. 2016. “Development, Local Livelihoods and Vulnerabilities to Climate Change in the Andes” Regional Environmental Change, 16(8), pp. 2215-2228.  15 DOI 10.1007/s10113-015-0888-9
  • Hurlbert, M, Gupta, J. 2015. “The Split Ladder of Participation: A diagnostic, strategic, and evaluation tool to assess when participation is necessary” Environmental Science and Policy. 50, pp. 100-113.  (Case studies in Canada, Chile and Argentina)
  • Hurlbert, M., Rayner, J., McNutt, K., Martens, L. forthcoming. Generation West: Energy Policy in Western Canada. University of Regina Press. Regina, Sk, Canada.
  • Hurlbert, M. 2018. Adaptive Governance of Disaster: Drought and Flood in Rural Areas.  – Pahl, Wostl, C., Gupta, J., (Series Eds) of Water Governance: Concepts, Methods, and Practice. Springer: Cham, Switzerland.
  • Diaz, H., Hurlbert, M., Warren, J. (Eds) 2016. Vulnerability and Adaptation to Drought: The Canadian Prairies and South America, University of Calgary Press: Calgary, Alberta.
  • Hurlbert, M. (Ed.) (2011) Second edition forthcoming.  Pursuing Justice. Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax.