Prof. Margot Hurlbert, Tier 1, Canada Research Chair, Climate change, energy and sustainability policy, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. Professor Hurlbert holds a B.Admin. (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina (1985), an LL.B. (Osgoode) (1987), LL.M. (Osgoode) (2005) in Constitutional Law with a focus on Aboriginal, natural resource, energy and environmental issues, and a Ph.D. (2016), Environment and Development in the Global South, Governance and Inclusive Development (GID), Department of Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam.

Margot has lead research projects, authored numerous journal articles, book chapters and scholarly papers on a broad range of justice and policy topics including Aboriginal justice, earth systems, water, energy, and food governance, adaptive governance, and climate change adaptation. Prior to embarking on a full time academic career in 2005, Margot practiced law in private practice in Regina for 12 years and in corporate practice as the Assistant General Counsel for SaskPower for 7 years.

Margot has worked on many research projects in relation to building community energy futures, citizen engaged water and climate governance including a SSHRC grant in relation to “Water governance and climate change: the engagement of civil society” and SSHRC Insight Grants, “Facilitating Knowledge Mobilization at the Science/Policy Interface,” and “Implementing Community Citizen Engaged Best Management Practices through Adaptive Management.” Prof. Hurlbert will be able to assist in analyzing the data and build concrete recommendations for creating socially inclusive policies and practices at local and provincial levels. Margot serves on the editorial boards of international journals, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project, and the Lead of the Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in Regina.

Margot is 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, and a Review Editor for Chapter 14: North America of Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. AR6. 2019-2020.