Dr. Nicole Klenk, Postdoctoral Fellow (2008-09)

B.Sc. Botany (1999) McGill; M.Sc. Forest Nutrition (2001) McGill; Ph.D. Ethics and Forestry (2008) University of British Columbia.


Nicole is now an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. For more information on her research interests please click here.









Project Summary:

An Evaluation of Canada’s Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Network (1995-2009): Learning from Experience.

The SFMN was the first research network of its kind in the forestry sector. From its inception, the SFMN accumulated a significant store of knowledge on how to bring about collaborative research, disseminate information and build effective partnerships among different actors in the forestry sector (public, private, non-profit, academic). This research evaluated the strengths and the weaknesses of the SFMN, as perceived by its stakeholders and as reflected in the evolution and effectiveness of its organizational structure over time.

The results from this study provide important insight to the successes and challenges that the SFMN encountered over its 15 years of operation. This informs the on-going dialogue surrounding the benefits of engaging in research network partnerships in the forest sector.  The research also provided insight for any future initiative to establish a forestry, or natural resource management-related research network in Canada.

This research was funded by the Sustainable Forest Management Network.


Project Publications

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2013). How can formal research networks produce more socially robust forest science? Forest Policy and Economics 37: 44-56.

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2012). Improving the social robustness of research networks for sustainable natural resource management: Results of a Delphi study in Canada. Science and Public Policy 39(3): 357-372.

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2011). A virtual and anonymous, deliberative and analytic participation process for public policy planning and decision-making: The Concept Mapping Policy Delphi. International Journal of Forecasting 27(1): 152-165.

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2011). Government science in forestry: Characteristics and policy utilization. Forest Policy and Economics 13(1): 37-45.

Klenk, N.L., Dabros, A. and Hickey, G.M. (2010). Quantifying the research impact of the Sustainable Forest Management Network in the social sciences: A bibliometric study. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40(11): 2248–2255.

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2010). Communication and management challenges in large, cross-sector research networks: A Canadian case study. Canadian Journal of Communication 35(2): 239-236.

Klenk, N.L., Hickey, G.M. and MacLellan, J.I. (2010). Evaluating the social capital accrued in large research networks: The case of the Sustainable Forest Management Network (1995-2009). Social Studies of Science 40 (6): 931-960.

Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. (2009). The Sustainable Forest Management Network (1995-2009): An overview of its organizational history and perceived legacies. Forestry Chronicle 85 (4): 521-527.

Klenk, N.L., Hickey, G.M., MacLellan, J.I., Gonzales, R. and Cardille, J. (2009). Social network analysis: A useful tool for visualizing and evaluating forestry research. International Forestry Review 11(1): 131-137.