Assistant Professor (Environmental Policy)

University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

, , CA

The Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track Faculty position in Environmental Policy, contributing to the Environmental and Sustainability Studies degrees within the Ecosystem Science and Management Program. The long-term sustainability of ecosystems and communities depends upon clear, informed and datadriven policy that takes into account different cultures, histories, perspectives, and world-views at local, regional, national and international levels. As human impacts on the environment and their linked human communities increase, policy is one tool for understanding and developing solutions to impacts upon human health, economies and cultures.


The person in this position will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded long-term research program that will contribute to contemporary debates regarding environment, sustainability and environmental policy at any or multiple levels and foci, and that will influence the thoughtful development, review and implementation of sustainable and socially just policies.

They will be responsible for teaching introductory and advanced courses related to environmental policy, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as in areas of the successful candidate’s interests, and will contribute to the ongoing development of the Environmental and Sustainability Studies undergraduate degrees.

The emphasis for this position is on public policy and social structures that influence how we manage natural resources, social and environmental needs, and develop policies that lead to a more sustainable society.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with existing UNBC faculty with expertise in environmental ethics, environmental and resource planning, public consultation, Indigenous peoples, and resource management, among other specializations, in a university with a strong dual emphasis on researching and teaching natural resources and environmental studies. Opportunities for policy research in local, regional, provincial, national and/or with Indigenous communities abound.


-Applicants for this position must hold a PhD,

-Have a strong record of scholarly activity and productivity,

-Have a record of teaching excellence in their area of expertise.

-Previous experience in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is desirable.