ENVB 437 - Assessing Environmental Impact

This senior undergraduate course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the principles and practice of Environmental Assessment (EA). The course also explores the issues surrounding impact assessment for environment-related decision-making. Students learn how Canadian and international agencies in different sectors use Environmental Assessment techniques to promote socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development decisions, including their limitations.

AGEC 430/630 - Agriculture, Food and Resource Policy

This is a senior undergraduate and graduate-level course designed to provide students with a conceptual appreciation of public policy and the issues surrounding its development and implementation in different resource contexts. Students learn some of the main principles and theories that underpin food, agriculture and resource policy in different Canadian and international settings. Class readings, discussions, guest lectures and assignments serve to highlight the challenges and opportunities facing evidence-based analyses that seek to meaningfully inform policy-related deliberation and decision-making.

ENVR 610 - Foundations of Environmental Policy

I teach this course at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to graduate students enrolled in McGill’s Neotropical Option. The course provides a broad overview of the challenges facing scientists and decision-makers seeking to strengthen the link between environmental science and public policy. Using case readings, syndicate discussions and lectures, students learn how environmental policy gets made. They are also exposed to the basic concepts underpinning sustainable development, interdisciplinary research and environmental policy in different contexts. Class readings and discussions highlight the roles, interests and power of various stakeholders in shaping environmental policies.