Bram Noble

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

(306) 966-1899


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Assessment, Memorial University
  • Master of Environmental Studies in Resource Management, Wilfred Laurier University
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours, Economic Geography, Memorial University

Research Interests

Environmental assessment; environmental planning and management; mineral and energy resource development; environmental policy and decision-making; cumulative effects assessment

Current Research

  • Cumulative effects assessment and management for resource development regions and watersheds
  • Strategic environmental assessment design and application for land use and energy policy
  • Assessing the effectiveness of environmental impact assessment
  • Policy and practice innovations for managing the impacts of mineral and energy resource development on local communities 

Recent Grants/Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant “Flood risk in rural communities experiencing rapid environmental change: toward a framework for stakeholder-based evaluation of alternative flood policy and mitigation strategies” (PI; Co-investigator: C. Westbrook, U of S)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant “Uncertainty analysis and communication in environmental assessment” (PI; Co-investigators: J. Gunn, U of S; J. Jaeger, Concordia)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Partnership Development Grant “Small nuclear innovation partnership” (Co-investigator; J Rayner, U of S, PI)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, CREATE Program Grant (Co-applicant; C. Westbrook, U of S, PI)
  • Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. “Significance determination in environmental assessment” (Collaborator: Jackie Martin, Aura Environmental)
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada “Cumulative effects assessment: Frameworks and practices ”
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Northern Communities. "Strategic environmental assessment roles and stakes in Arctic oil and gas development" (Collaborator: A. Aitken, U of S; Partners: G. Poelzer, U of S; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers; Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Environment. "Institutional arrangements for watershed cumulative effects assessment" (Co-investigators: R. Patrick, U of S. Collaborators: R. deLoe, UWaterloo; H. Schrier, UBC).
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. "Effectiveness and Canadian environmental impact assessment" (Co-investigator; K. Hanna, PI UBC).

Select Publications


  • Noble BF. 2015. Environmental Impact Assessment: A Guide to Principles and Practice. Oxford University Press.
  • Leung W, Noble BF, Gunn K, Jaeger J. 2015. A review of uncertainty research in impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 50:116-123.
  • Sizo A, Noble BF, Bell S. 2015. Futures analysis of urban land use and wetland change in Saskatoon, Canada: An application in strategic environmental assessment. Sustainability7(1), 811-830; doi:10.3390/su7010811
  • Udofia A, Noble BF, Poelzer G. 2015. Community engagement in environmental assessment for resource development: benefits, enduring concerns, opportunities for improvement. Northern Review 39:  
  • Noble BF. 2015. Cumulative effects research: Achievements, status, directions and challenges in the Canadian context. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 17(1): DOI: 10.1142/S1464333215500015
  • Noble BF, Basnet P. 2015. Capacity for watershed cumulative effects assessment and management in the South Saskatchewan Watershed, Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 40(2): 187-203
  • Acharibasam JB, Noble BF. 2014.  Assessing the impact of strategic environmental assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 32(3): 177-187.
  • Dube M, Duinker P, Greig L, Carver M, Servos M, McMaster M, Noble BF, Schreier H, Jackson L, Munkittrick K 2013. A framework for assessing cumulative effects in watersheds: an introduction to Canadian case studies. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 9(3): 363-369.
  • Kristensen S, Noble BF, Patrick RJ. 2013. Capacity for watershed cumulative effects assessment and management: lessons from the Lower Fraser River Basin, Canada. Environmental Management 52(2): 360-373
  • Noble BF, Ketilson S, Aitken A, Poelzer G. 2013. Strategic environmental assessment opportunities and risks for Arctic offshore energy planning and development. Marine Policy 39: 296-302.
  • White L, Noble BF. 2013 Strategic environmental assessment for sustainability: A review of a decade of academic research. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 42: 60-66.
  • Fidler C, Noble BF. 2013. Stakeholder perceptions of current planning, assessment and science initiatives in Canada’s Beaufort Sea. Arctic 66(2): 179-190.
  • Ball M, Noble BF, Dube M. 2013. Valued ecosystem components for watershed cumulative effects: an analysis of environmental impact assessments in the South Saskatchewan watershed, Canada. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 9(3): 469-479
  • Nielsen J, Noble BF, Hill M. 2012. Impact assessment and wetland mitigation decision support framework for linear developments: an application to the Louis Riel Trail Highway 11 North project, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Canadian Geographer 56(1): 117-139
  • Fidler C, Noble BF. 2012. Advancing strategic environmental assessment in the offshore oil and gas sector: Lessons from Norway, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 34: 12-21
  • Richards GW, Noble BF, Belcher K. 2012. Barriers to renewable energy development: a case study of large-scale wind energy in Saskatchewan, Canada. Energy Policy 42: 691-698
  • Noble, B.F. and J. Birk 2011. Comfort monitoring? Environmental assessment follow-up under community-industry negotiated environmental agreements. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 31(1): 17-24.
  • Noble, B.F. and C. Fidler 2011. Advancing Indigenous Community - Corporate Agreements: Lessons from Practice in the Canadian Mining Sector. Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence 4:

Other Courses

  • GEOG 886.3 - Advanced Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 386.3 – Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GEOG 280.3 – Environmental Geography