Maureen Reed

Professor and Assistant Director, School of Environment and Sustainability

(306) 966-5630


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, University of Waterloo
  • Master of Arts in Geography, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography, University of Victoria

Research Interests

Environmental Governance; Sustainability science; Practices of conservation; Sustainability of Rural Communities; Feminist and Gender-based Analysis; Social dimensions of climate change adaptation and resilience; Forestry, Model Forests, Biosphere Reserves, National Parks

Specialization: Sustainability, science and society

Professor Maureen Reed was born in British Columbia. She received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Victoria, a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. She is currently Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Reed began her academic career in 1991 at the University of British Columbia, Department of Geography. In 2000, she moved to the University of Saskatchewan. Professor Reed is particularly concerned to explain how rural communities practice sustainability and demonstrate resilience in the face of both rapid and slow-moving environmental, social, economic, political and cultural change.

Professor Reed teaches in the graduate program of the School of Environment and Sustainability (read more here). Since 2010, she has worked on a national advisory committee (Canada-MAB) that provides guidance to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO on managing its program related to World Biosphere Reserves in Canada. 

  • In 2015, Maureen was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Graduate Supervisor Award.
  • In 2016, she received the Women of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement.


Students confess their academic challenges to one 
another at Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, British 
Columbia Canada.

She views her role as a learning facilitator who is responsible for organising course materials so students can maximize their own learning. She believes that students should be responsible for their learning while instructors provide tools and strategies to help them succeed. Maureen promotes constructive and informed analysis, critique, and synthesis. She encourages all students to participate with her in creating a safe and respectful learning environment. According to Maureen, one of the joys of working in SENS is to bring knowledge and methods from the natural and social sciences together to understand human-environment relations. Increasingly, her team is learning how to engage with multiple ways of knowing within and outside the academy. She seeks projects that bridge these dimensions and use class time to explore both their foundational and practical differences as well as arguments and strategies for their synthesis.

In 2016-17, Maureen will teach:

ENVS 803.3 – Research in Environment and Sustainability: This course is designed for MES and PhD students. It introduces graduate students to conceptual, practical, and ethical issues in conducting interdisciplinary research about environment and sustainability. By the end of the course, students will have a research plan from which their proposal and research activities can be developed.

ENVS 809.3 - PhD Seminar in Sustainability: This seminar course examines ideas and assumptions that underpin attempts to achieve 'sustainability' and explores different strategies aimed at advancing sustainability objectives. Students will examine fundamental conflicts in values and choices, governance options and challenges, and scientific and societal uncertainty about human-environment interactions. This course is open to PhD students only.