Professor

Robert Gibson

 

Bob is engaged in several projects centred on applied sustainability. Many of these involve sustainability assessment as applied in particular projects and strategic undertakings in Canada and elsewhere. One current project is on the development and application of sustainability-based next generation environmental assessment law and policy for Canada at the federal and provincial/territorial levels. That includes involvement in the current review of federal assessment processes; work on integrating serious attention to climate change mitigation in assessments; and collaborations with Indigenous communities and other interests on decision making surrounding mining and other extractive industries activities in Indigenous traditional territories. Past studies include ones focused on integrating ecological stewardship, sustainable livelihoods and associated learning in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and Model Forests/Forest Communities across Canada, and longstanding work on linking environmental assessment and planning.

Since 1984, Bob has been co-editor or editor or (now) editorial board chair of Alternatives Journal, for which he also writes a column called, “What's the Big Idea?”.

He teaches courses on sustainability in a complex world, advanced environmental and sustainability assessment, and the historical development and present implications of sustainability-related ideas and practices, including at the community scale.

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo