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.

I am available to work with QCBS researchers and associated members on activities such as:

  • facilitating the planning and implementation of collaborative research.
  • research on axis 3 themes, e.g. biodiversity planning and adaptive management, biodiversity and decision making, governance.
  • projects related to climate change, air and water quality and overall sustainability in urban and peri-urban contexts.
  • using qualitative research methods in Biodiversity science.
  • integrating traditional knowledge into scientific studies.
  • building participatory research projects in Biodiversity science.
  • Arctic Science

Please contact me by email at or at (514) 398-8719


  • 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. et Hickey, G.M. Under review. Games Institutions Play: Addressing the challenges of social-ecological systems’ multi-level governance. World Development.
  • 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.