Marie Claire Brisbois is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her work examines questions of structural power, politics and influence in energy, water and natural resource governance contexts. Her current project, entitled POWERSHIFTS (www.power-shifts.com), examines the potential of distributed renewable energy models to shift entrenched political patterns and generate the new policies, institutions and forms of governance that are required to address current climate and environmental imperatives. This project is funded through the European Commission Horizon 2020 program.

Dr. Brisbois’ other research interests include participatory and collaborative environmental governance, the science-policy interface, and science communications through both citizen science and open data. Her most recent previous post-doctoral position examined the optimization of scientific knowledge within environmental assessments from within the Canadian federal government as a Mitacs Canadian Science Fellow with Natural Resources Canada. She also hold a position as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

In addition to her work in governance, Dr. Brisbois has a Master’s degree in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University that focused on stream ecosystem health, and has consulted on technical and policy-level water and climate issues in Latin America and Canada. She also has extensive experience in teaching, community building and facilitation through work with Waterlution, the Sierra Club of Canada, and the University of Waterloo.

Select Publications

  • Brisbois, M. C., & de Loë, R. C. (2017). Natural resource industry involvement in collaboration for water governance: Influence on processes and outcomes in Canada. Environmental Planning and Management. 60(5), 883-900
  • Groulx, M., M.C. Brisbois, C.J. Lemieux, A. Winegardner & L. Fishback. 2017. ‘A Role for Nature-based Citizen Science in Promoting Individual and Collective Climate Change Action? A Systematic Review of Learning Outcomes.’ Science Communication 39 (1): 45–76.
  • Brisbois, M. C., & de Loë, R. C. (2016). State roles and motivations in collaborative approaches to water governance: A power theory-based analysis. Geoforum, 74, 202-212.
  • Brisbois, M. C., & de Loë, R. C. (2016). Power in collaborative approaches to governance for water: A systematic review. Society & Natural Resources, 29(7), 775-790.
  • de Loë, R.C., Murray, D., and Brisbois, M.C. Perspectives of natural resource sector firms on collaborative approaches to governance for water. Journal of Cleaner Production 135(1): 1117-1128.


    Associated Crosscutting Themes

  • Power