Maureen Reed

Professor and Assistant Director, School of Environment and Sustainability
Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, College of Arts and Science

(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; community-based ecosystem management; sustainability of rural communities; gender-based analysis; national parks, biosphere reserves, and forestry communities


Recent Grants/Awards

Selected Recent Grants

    • Reed, M.G. (PI), Guertin, M.A. (Co-I), with 6 collaborators and 17 partners and contributors. Creating Networking and Social Learning Strategies in Canadian Biosphere Reserves. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partnership Development Grant, $266,745. Awarded April 2011.
    • Keskitalo, C. (PI), Tennberg, M. (Co-I), and Reed, M.G. (Co-I). Preparing for and Responding to Disturbance: Arctic Lessons for Sweden. MISTRA, The Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Sweden) 5,019,000 SEK, $775,051 CAD (approx.). Awarded January 2011-December 2013.
    • 2009 - Reed, M.G. (PI) and the Prince Albert Model Forest with Ryan Brook, Susan Carr, Naomi Carrier, Douglas Clark, Hayley Hesseln, Mark Johnston, Leif Jougda, Carina Keskitalo, Vladimir Kricsfalusy, Annette Löf, Micheline Manseau, David Natcher, Camilla Sandström, Per Sandström, and the Vilhelmina Model Forest. Learning from our elders: Aboriginal perspectives on climate change and caribou/reindeer habitat in the circumboreal forest. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service Research Grant.
    • 2009 - Reed, M.G. (PI) and Robert Gibson. Environmental Governance for Sustainability and Resilience: Innovations in Canadian Biosphere Reserves and Model Forests, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canadian Environmental Issues Research Grant.
    • 2008 - Reed, M.G. and Hesseln, H. Adaptive Governance and Forestry Communities: Learning to Address Environmental and Social Change, Research Development Initiative, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

 Recent Awards

    • 2010 – Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
    • 2007 - Inaugural Alumni Award, Arts in Academics, University of Waterloo, (for alumni recognized for their contribution to the academic profession) 2006 - Suzanne MacKenzie Memorial Lecture, Annual General Meetings of the Canadian Association of Geographers (Plenary)

Select Publications

  • Parkins, J. and Reed, M.G. (eds). 2011. In Review. The social transformation of rural Canada: New insights into community, culture, and citizenship. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Reed, M.G. and Davidson, D. 2011. Terms of Engagement: The involvement of Canadian rural communities in sustainable forest management. In: Pini, B. and Leach, B. (eds.). Reshaping gender and class in rural spaces. (pp. 199-220). Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Richardson, K., Sinclair, J., Reed, M.G. and Parkins, J. 2011. Constraints to participation in Canadian forestry advisory committees: A gendered perspective. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 41: 524-532.
  • Davis, E.J. and Reed, M.G. 2011. Accepted. Governing for transformation and resilience: The role of identity in renegotiating roles for forest-based communities of British Columbia’s Interior. In: Parkins, J. and Reed, M.G. (eds). The social transformation of rural Canada: New insights into community, culture, and citizenship. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Ensign, P.C., Giles, A. and Reed, M.G. 2011. National (labour) Migration, In D. Carson, R. Rasmussen, P. C. Ensign, A. Taylor and L. Huskey (Eds). Labour Migration: What goes around comes around. In: Carson, D., Rasmussen, R., Huskey, L., Ensign, C., & Taylor, A. (eds). Demography at the edge: Remote human populations in developed nations. (pp. 189-212). Farnham, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Klenk, N., Reed, M.G. and Mendis-Millard, S. 2011. In Press. Adaptive Capacity in Canadian Model Forest Communities: A social and regional analysis. In: Beaulieu, M. S. and Harpelle, R.N. (eds). Pulp Friction: Communities and the Forest Industry in a Global Perspective. Waterloo: Laurier University Press.
  • McAfee, B., de Camino, R., Burton, P., Eddy, B., Fähser, L., Messier, C., Reed, M., Spies, T. and Vides, R. 2010. Managing Forested Landscapes for Socio-Ecological Resilience. In: Mery, G., Katila, P., Galloway, G., Alfaro, R., Kanninen. M., Lobovikov, M., Varjo, J. (eds.). 2010. Forests and Society – Responding to Global Drivers of Change. IUFRO World Series Volume 25. IUFRO, Vienna, Austria. (peer-reviewed).
  • Halseth, G., Reed, M.G., and Reimer, W. 2010. “Inclusion in Rural Development Planning: Challenges and Opportunities” in Douglas, D.(ed.) Rural Planning and Development in Canada in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of Globalization. Toronto: Thomson. pp. 256-280.                                                                                     
  • Reed, M.G. 2010. “Environmental Governance and Gender in Canadian Resource Industries and Communities.” In Mitchell, B. (ed.)  Resource and Environmental Management in Canada: Addressing Conflict and Uncertainty, 4th edition, Don Mills: Oxford University Press. pp. 526-553.
  • Lidestav, G. and Reed, M.G. 2010. Preface: Gender and forestry. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research Supp 9: 1-5.
  • Reed, M.G. and George, C. 2010. Where in the world is environmental justice? For Progress in Human Geography. DOI: 10.1177/0309132510388384
  • Reed, M.G. 2010. Guess who’s (not) coming for dinner?: Expanding the terms of public involvement in sustainable forest management, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. Supp 9: 45-54.
  • Lebel, P.M. and Reed, M.G. 2010. The Capacity of Montreal Lake, SK to Provide Safe Drinking Water: Applying a Framework For Analysis, Canadian Journal of Water Resources. 35: 317-338.
  • Reed, M.G. and Bruyneel, S. 2010. Rescaling environmental governance, rethinking the state: a three-dimensional view. Progress in Human Geography.DOI: 10.1177/0309132509354836.
  • Francis, G., Mendis-Millard, S. and Reed, M.G. 2010. Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Periodic Review Report 2010. Prepared on behalf of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association for submission to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Ottawa, Ontario. 139 pp
  • Reed, M.G. , Mendis-Millard, S. and Francis, G. 2010. Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve Periodic Review Report 2010. Prepared on behalf of the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association for submission to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Ottawa, Ontario. 55 pp.
  • Reed, M.G., Daviduik, S., Richards, G., Neufeldt, M., Sheelanere, P., Kayira, J., Noble, B., Bowden, M-A, Liber, K., and Schindel, E. 2010. Shifting sands: Shaping sustainability in northwestern Saskatchewan. Report on a Public Outreach Workshop September 23-24, 2009. Saskatoon, SK, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan.
  • Reed, M.G. and Christie, S. 2009. We’re not quite home: Re-viewing the Gender Gap in Environmental Geography. Progress in Human Geography. 33(2): 246-255.
  • Reed, M.G. 2010. (In Press) "Husbands' Wives and Other Myths of Activism by Forestry-town Women" in Biggs, L. and Gingell, S. (eds.) Gendered Intersections:  A Collection of Readings for Women's and Gender Studies. 2nd edition. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Reed, M.G. 2009. "Environmental justice and community-based ecosystem management" in Agyeman, R.J., Cole, P., Haluza-Delay, R. and O'Riley, P. (eds.) Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada.  Vancouver: UBC Press. pp. 163-180.
  • Reed, M.G. and Christie, S. 2009. We're not quite home: Re-viewing the Gender Gap in Environmental Geography. Progress in Human Geography. 33(2): 246-255.
  • Draper, D. and Reed, M.G. 2009. Our Environment: A Canadian Perspective, 4th Edition, Toronto, Nelson. 648 pages.
  • Reed, M.G. 2009. A civic sort-of science: Addressing environmental managerialism in Canadian biosphere reserves, Environments. 36(3): 17-35.
  • Pollock, R. Reed, M.G. and Whitelaw, G. 2008. “Steering Governance Through Regime Formation at the Landscape Scale: Evaluating Experiences in Canadian Biosphere Reserves” in Hanna, K., Clark, D., and Slocombe, S. (eds.) Transforming Parks: Protected Areas Policy and Governance in a Changing World. Routledge: London, 110-133.
  • Reed, M.G. 2008. Reproducing the Gender Order in Canadian Forestry: The Role of Statistical Representation, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 23(1): 78-91.
  • Reed, M.G. and Martz, D. 2007. “Learning About Each Other: Mechanisms for Collaboration in Park Management Planning”, Final Report to Parks Canada, 78 pp.
  • Reed, M.G. 2007. Seeking Red Herrings in the Wood: Tending the Shared Spaces of Environmental & Feminist Geographies, Canadian Geographer. 51: 1-21.
  • Reed, M.G. 2007. Uneven Environmental Management: A Canadian Perspective, Environmental Management. 39: 30-49.
  • Mendis-Millard, S. and Reed, M.G. 2007. Understanding community capacity using adaptive and reflexive research practices: lessons from two Canadian biosphere reserves,Society and Natural Resources. 20: 543-559.
  • Reed, M.G. 2007. Uneven environmental management: A Canadian comparative political ecology, Environment and Planning A. 39: 320-338.
  • Reed, M.G. and K. McIlveen, 2007. Other voices from the neighbourhood: Re-considering success in community forestry, Society and Natural Resources. 20: 755-758.
  • Reed, M.G. and S. Mills. 2007. “Renewable Resource Management in Saskatchewan” in Thraves, B., Lewry, M., Dale, J. and Schlichtmann, T. (eds.) Saskatchewan: Geographic Perspectives, Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre. 385-397.
  • Reed, M.G. and Varghese, J. 2007. Gender Representation on Canadian Forest Sector Advisory Committees, Forestry Chronicle. 83: 515-525.
  • Reed, M.G. and K. McIlveen, 2006. Toward a Pluralistic Civic Science?: Assessing Community Forestry, Society and Natural Resources. 19: 591-607.
  • Reed, M.G. 2006. “Spinning Yarns of Women’s Activism in Support of Industrial Forestry on Canada’s West Coast” in Schissel, W. (Ed.) Home/bodies: Geographies of Self, Place, and Space. Calgary, University of Calgary Press. 121-134.
  • Martz, D., Reed, M.G., Brueckner, I. and Mills, S. 2006. Hidden Actors, Muted Voices: The Employment of Rural Women in Canadian Forestry and Agri-food Industries, Final Report to the Status of Women, Policy Research Fund, Ottawa, Ontario. 122pp.
  • Parkins, J., Hunt, L., Nadeau, S., Sinclair, J., Reed, M. and Wallace, S. 2006. Public Participation in Forest Management: Results from a National Survey of Advisory Committees, Northern Forestry Centre Information Report NOR-X-409. Northern Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada. 74pp.

Current Courses

  • ENVS 898.3 – Multi-level Environmental Governance
  • ENVS 803.3 - Research in Environment and Sustainability

Other Courses

  • GEOG 280.3 - Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 385.3 - Environmental Management and Policy Making
  • GEOG 485.3 - Critical Issues in Environmental Management
  • GEOG 803.3 - Research Methods in Geography
  • GEOG 804.3 - Contemporary Issues in Geographic Thought
  • GEOG 880.3 - Environmental Geographies
  • GEOG 885.3 - Advanced Applications of Environmental Management