Douglas A. Clark

Centennial Chair and Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Associate Member, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
Research Associate, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative
Board Member, The Society for Conservation Biology's Social Science Working Group
Adjunct Faculty, Yukon College

(306) 966-5405


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Master of Science in Zoology, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science (honours, co-op) in Biology, University of Victoria

Research Interests

Indigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems; polar bear-human conflicts; wildlife and protected area management under conditions of rapid social-ecological change; environmental governance and policy processes

Tundra trip

Photo taken at Sommaroy, Norway, May 3, 2014 at TUNDRA project final workshop. From left: Nils Lokken (MES student), Jessica Lankshear (MSEM alumna, Parks Canada), Douglas Clark, Kari Amick (MES alumna, University of Tromso)


Recent Grants/Awards

  • The Belmont Forum/ Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: "CONNECT: Global connections and changing resource use systems in the Arctic", 2015 
  • Global Institute for Water Security: "Chu äyì ätlʼet (The Water In Me): collaboratively developing a water strategy for the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' Traditional Territory, Yukon", 2015
  • Parks Canada and the Churchill Northern Studies Centre: Non-invasive methods for monitoring polar bear-human interactions in Wapusk National Park, 2011-2015
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant: “Human dimensions of polar bear-human conflicts: understanding, prevention, and mitigation”, 2012
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Standard research Grant: "Indigenous and local knowledge of wildlife in changing environments: Enhancing research methods, evaluating impacts, and improving uptake in decision-making", 2011.

Select Publications

The Hudson Bay Polar Bear FLOW Final Report - World Wildlife Fund.

A complete list of publications can be found at Google Scholar

Current Courses

  • ENVS 804.3 – Decision-making for Environment and Sustainability
  • ENVS 898 - Co-management of Northern Ecosystems and Natural Resources  

Current Research

  • Moving beyond Indigenous co-management to co-governance of northern natural resources and ecosystems
  • Understanding the human dimensions and biophysical drivers of polar bear-human interactions
  • Informing, empowering and scaling community adaptation to arctic change
  • Determining how environmental governance and socio-economic conditions affect ecosystem states and services relevant to resource-dependent communities (the TUNDRA and TUNDRA/CONNECT projects)