Research Professional: Nicolas Brunet, PhD


I specialize in development, governance and policy related issues in environmental management and research. I have a keen interest in partnership development and collaboration  between academic and non academic stakeholders. I am particularly interested in the role of the expert and non-expert publics  in the advancement of our understanding of natural systems and their management. I have previous work experience in planning throughout the province of Quebec in the private and municipal sectors and have a strong understanding of municipal and regional policies and their relation to environmental decision-making. I have also worked in many regions of the Canadian North with First Nations and Inuit communities.

I hold a bachelors degree in Environmental Biology from McGill University and a Masters of Science (Planning) from the University of Guelph. My doctoral studies at McGill University were aimed at better understanding stakeholder engagement in natural science research and resource management.


  • Rahman, H.M.T., Saint Ville, A., Song, A. M., Po, J.Y.T., Berthet, E., Brammer, J.R., Brunet, N.D., Jayaprakash, L.G., Lowitt, K.N., Rastogi, A., Reed, G. A.M. and Hickey, G.M. Under review. Inter-Institutional Pitfall Framework: Addressing the challenges of multi-level governance in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society.
  • Brammer, J., Brunet, N.D., Cuerrier, A., Dewan, K., Herrmann, T.M., Humphries, M., Larocque, G., Mulrennan, M., Scott, C. et St-Arneau, M. Under review. The role of digital technology in the participatory monitoring of natural resources. Conservation Biology.
  • Brunet, N.D., Hickey, G.M. et Humphries, M.M. Accepted with revisions. Research for development: A capital assets-based approach to assessing partnerships with local stakeholders. Journal of Environmental Management.
  • Brunet, N.D., Hickey, G.M. et Humphries, M.M. In press. Stakeholder perspectives on community participation and partnership development in Canada’s northern research: Challenges and opportunities in an age of empowerment and self-determination. Polar Record.
  • Cuerrier, A., Brunet, N.D., Gérin-Lajoie, J., Downing, A. et Lévesque, E. 2015. The study of Inuit knowledge of climate change in Nunavik, Quebec: A mixed methods approach. Human Ecology 43(3):379-394.
  • Brunet, N.D., Hickey, G.M. et Humphries, M.M. 2014. Understanding community-researcher partnerships in the natural sciences: A case study from the Arctic. Journal of Rural Studies 36: 247-261.
  • Brunet, N.D., Hickey, G.M. et Humphries, M.M. 2014. The evolution of local participation and the mode of knowledge production in Arctic research. Ecology and Society 19(2):69.
  • Hickey, G.M., Brunet, N. et Allan, N. 2010. A constant comparison of the Environmental Assessment legislation in Canada. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning (12)3: 315-329.
  • Brunet, N.D. 2015. How participatory is academic research in Northern Canada? Northern Public Affairs (3)2: 40-41.
  • Brunet, N.D. 2011. Book review: People of the Lakes: Stories of Our Van Tat Gwitchin Elders/ Googwandak Kakhwach’ànjoo Van Tat Gwitchin. The Northern Review (33) Spring: 133-135.
  • Brunet, N. 2010. Science that Matters: An International Polar Year Legacy. Yukon: North of Ordinary (4)4: 15.
  • Brunet, N. 2007. Farmland preservation and farm level adaptation: approaches to preserving and promoting agricultural activities in the peri-urban space. In Wilton, B., S. Hilts and W. Caldwell. (Eds.). 2007. Farmland Preservation: Challenges and Opportunities (1st ed.). Volumes Publishing, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Hilts, S., Caldwell, W., Brunet, N. et Thibodeau, M. 2006. La Protection du territoire agricole: Approches innovatrices en Ontario. Urbanité: Décembre.