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Margot Hurlbert

PhD (University of Amsterdam); LL.M., LL.B. (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University); B.Admin (University of Regina)

Office: CB 332.4
Phone: 306-585-4232
Pronoun(s): She/her

Research interests
My research focuses on climate change, energy, water, food, and marginalized peoples. I focus particularly on sustainability and governance.

I am particularly interested in governance and social change - how individuals/actors negotiate formal and informal institutions, making decisions reinforcing enduring structures of society (path dependent technological, economic, social structures etc.), or creating new ones through agency, social processes, and policy instruments.

This interest has resulted in my work in energy transitions (changes in energy production as well as public perceptions surrounding energy technology informed by risk perceptions and framing of discourse), adaptation to climate change (agricultural producers and their communities changing their practices, or adapting to extreme weather events).

My goal is to determine the participatory governance mechanisms and imaginaries that help us achieve our Paris goals - net zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Contributing Author: Chapter 1, Framing, context, methods, IPCC AR6, WGI. Reisinger, A., Howden, M., Vera, C., Garschagen, M., Goldfarb, L., Hurlbert, M., et al. “Use of Risk’ concepts in IPCC assessment. 2019. Guidance for IPCC authors. (Cross chapter box in Chapter 1)

Reisinger et al. ..(Hurlbert) 2020. The concept of risk in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report: a summary of Cross-Working Group discussions. Guidance for IPCC authors. September 4, 2020.

Hurlbert, M., et al. 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 (the “Land and Climate Report”). 2019.

Datta, R., Hurlbert, M.A., Marison, B. 2021. Ongoing Colonization and Indigenous Environmental Heritage Rights: A Learning Experience with Cree First Nation Communities, Saskatchewan, Canada. Heritage, 4:

Arenth, A., Olsson, L., Cowie, A., Erb, K., H. Hurlbert, M., Kurz, W.A., Mirzabaev, A., Rounsevell, M. 2021. Restoring degraded lands. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 46

Zommers. Z., Marbaix, P., Fischlin, A., Ibrahim, Z.Z., Grant, S., Magnana, A., O’Neill, B., Poertner, H.-O., Howden, M., Calvin, K., Warner, K., Thiery, W., Sebesvari, Z., Davin, E., Evans, J., Rosenzweig, C., Warren, R., Hurlbert, M., Patwardhan, A., van Aalst, M. 2020. Burning Embers: Towards more transparent and robust climate change risk assessments. Nature Environment

Hurlbert, M., Osazuwa-Peters, M., Rayner, J., Reiner, D., Baranovskiy, P. 2020. Diverse Community Energy Futures in Saskatchewan, Canada. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy. DOI 10.1007/210098-020-01859-2

Hurlbert, M. 2020. Access and Allocation: rights to water, sanitation, and hygiene. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. 1-20. Doi: 1007/s10784-020-09484-6

Hurlbert, M. (Ed.) 2018. Pursuing Justice (2nd Edition). Fernwood Books: Winnipeg and Halifax. ISBN 978-1-77363-011-3