Forest Sciences Centre 2045
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048223728

George Hoberg specializes in environmental and natural resource policy and governance. He received a BS from UC Berkeley, and his PhD from MIT. A political scientist by training, Dr Hoberg taught public policy and American politics at UBC for 13 years before joining the Faculty of Forestry full time in 2001. His research interests include environmental policy, energy policy, forest policy, and more generally the design of policies and institutions to promote sustainability. His current research is focused on BC electricity policy and environmental governance of the oil sands, including transportation issues over pipelines. He has also published on the role of science in policy-making and international constraints on domestic policy autonomy. He has also written books on BC and Canadian forest policy, environmental policy in the US, toxic substances regulation, and edited two books on comparative Canada-US policies and the US influence on Canada. From 2001-2006, he was head of the Department of Forest Resources Management at UBC. He is an associate of the Department of Political Science and Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, and a member of the Clean Energy Research Centre.

Research Areas

Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Energy Policy


Sustainable Energy Policy: Alberta’s Oil Sands and BC Electricity
The Politics of Climate Change Mitigation
Carbon Management in British Columbia’s Forests – Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
April, 2014


UBC Killam Memorial Faculty Research Fellowship, 1992-93 , 1992
John Vanderkamp Prize for 1994 for best article published in Canadian Public Policy, for George Hoberg and Kathryn Harrison, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: The Politics of Canada’s Green Plan” , 1994
UBC Killam Research Prize , 1996
Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, 1999-2000 , 1999

Current Graduate Students

Laura Bird, MSc
Making the New Relationship Work:  Crown-First Nations Shared Decision-making in the

Current Courses

Summer 2015
No FRST course(s) were found for S2015 term.Summer 2015
No FRST course(s) were found for S2015 term.Summer 2015
No CONS course(s) were found for S2015 term.

Selected Publications

George Hoberg and James Meadowcroft (2015). Climate Action Alternatives Journal
Catherine Potvin lead author. George Hoberg one of 31 authors. (2015). Acting on Climate Change: Solutions by Canadian Scholars,” a position paper from Sustainable Canada Dialogues. Sustainable Canada Diaologues
George Hoberg (2015). Ambition Without Capacity: Environmental and Natural Resource Policy in the Campbell Era UBC Press The Campbell Revolution: Power and Politics in British Columbia from 2001 to 2011, edited by Tracy Summerville and Jason Lacharite
Sally Aitken, Sally Otto, George Hoberg (2015). Climate solutions are within reach Vancouver Sun Vancouver Sun, March 25, 2015
David Green, Kathryn Harrison, George Hoberg (2015). Opinion: Fossil-fuel divestment urged at UBC Vancouver Sun October 23, 2014
Kathryn Harrison, George Hoberg, David Tindall (2015). Getting rid of petroleum stocks is a crucial first step for universities Globe and Mail February 5, 2015.
Simon Donner, Kathryn Harrison, George Hoberg (2014). Let’s talk about climate change The National Post April 10, 2014
Mabee, Holly, D.B. Tindall, George Hoberg, and J.P. Gladu. (2013). Co-Management of Forest Lands. The Cases of Clayoquot Sound, and Gwaii Haanas. Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia Press. Pp. 242-259 in Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada, edited by D.B. Tindall, Ronald L. Trosper and Pamela Perreault.
Jason Forsyth, George Hoberg, and Laura Bird (2013). In Search of Certainty: A Decade of Shifting Strategies for Accommodating First Nations in Forest Policy, 2001-2011 UBC Press pp. 299-312 in Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada, edited by D.B. Tindall, Ronald L. Trosper and Pamela Perreault.
G. Hoberg (2013). The Battle Over Oil Sands Access to Tidewater: A Political Risk Analysis of Pipeline Alternatives Canadian Public Policy Volume 39, No. 3, pp. 371-391
G. Hoberg, G. Salomons (2013). Setting boundaries of participation in environmental impact assessment Elsevier Inc Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Hoberg, G and L. Malkinson (2012). Challenges in the Design of Performance-Based Forestry Regulations: Lessons from British Columbia Forest Policy and Economics
George Hoberg and Andrea Rivers (2011). Should Canada Approve the Construction of a Pipeline from the Oil Sands to the West Coast of Canada? The Enbridge Northern Gateway Case International Student Energy Summit, Vancouver, BC
Lisa Ambua and George Hoberg (2011). The Evolution of Devolution: A Critical Analysis of the Community Forest Agreement in British Columbia Society & Natural Resources Vol 24, no. 9, pp 933-950
M.K. (Marty) Luckert, David Haley, George Hoberg (2011). Policies for Sustainably Managing Canada’s Forests: Tenure, Stumpage Fees, and Forest Practices UBC Press, 2011, 214 pp
George Hoberg and Jeffrey Phillips (2011). Playing Defence: Early Responses to Conflict Expansion in the Oil Sands Policy Subsystem Canadian Journal of Political Science 44: pp 507-527
George Hoberg and Amy Sopinka (2011). The Export Question: Designing Policy for British Columbia Electricity Trade Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
George Hoberg (2011). The Gordon Campbell legacy for Super, Natural British Columbia Vancouver Sun commentary in Vancouver Sun March 14, 2011
George Hoberg (2011). B.C. Natural Resource Super Ministry II B.C. Business B.C. Business January 04, 2011
George Hoberg (2010). Bringing the Market Back In: BC Natural Resource Policies During the Campbell Years British Columbia Politics and Government, Micheal Howlett, Dennis Pilon, and Tracy Sommerville, eds, (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery, 2010)
George Hoberg with Gerard MacDonald (2010). The Export Question: Under what conditions should BC become a major exporter of electricity? Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Trosper, R. L., H. Nelson, G. Hoberg, P. Smith and W. Nikolakis (2008). Institutional Determinants of Profitable Commercial Forestry Enterprises Among First Nations in Canada -NRC Research Press -Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38(2): 226-238
George Hoberg (2008). Geopolitics Forest Futures Project, Sustainable Forest Management Network
George Hoberg (2008). Governance Forest Futures Project, Sustainable Forest Management Network
George Hoberg (2007). EBM and the Politics of Compromise BC Forest Professional, March-April 2007, p. 12.
Mabee, H.N.S and Hoberg, G (2006). Equal Partners? Assessing co-management of forest resources in Clayoquot Sound Society and Natural Resources 19 Number 10/November-December, pp. 875-888.
Kim McGarrity and George Hoberg (2005). The Beetle Challenge: An Overview of the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic and its Implications Issue Brief, Forest Policy Resources website.
Mabee, H.N.S. and G. Hoberg (2004). Protecting culturally significant areas through watershed planning in Clayoquot Sound Forestry Chronicle vol 80, no. 2, March/April 2004, 229-240
Hoberg, G. (2004). Science, Politics, and U.S. Forest Law: The Battle over the Forest Service Planning Rule Natural Resources Journal vol 44, no 1 (2004): 1-27
Clogg, J., G. Hoberg, A. O”Carroll (2004). Policy and Institutional Analysis for Implementation of the Ecosystem-Based Management Framework Coast Information Team February 2004. 162 pp. to be published on CIT website April 5, 2004.
Hoberg, G. (2003). Greater professional reliance challenges foresters’ credibility Forum July/August 2003, vol 10, no. 4, p. 21
McDermott, C and G. Hoberg (2003). From State to Market: Forestry Certification in the United States and Canada Oregon State University Press Pp. 229-250 in Schindler, B, T.M. Beckley, and M.C. Finley, eds., Two Paths Towards Sustainable Forests.
Hoberg, G, R Guy, S Hinch, RA Kozak, P McFarlane and SB Watts (2003). Image and Enrolments. Forum 10(6):22-23.
George Hoberg (2002). Finding the Right Balance: Designing Policies for Sustainable Forestry in the New Era Jubilee Lecture Series, Faculty of Forestry, UBC, September 12, 2002.
George Hoberg (2002). Integrated Executive Summary: Report of Consultations on A Results-Based Forest and Range Practices Regime for British Columbia, July 25, 2002
George Hoberg (2002). Finding the Right Balance Report of Stakeholder Consultations on A Results-Based Forest and Range Practices Regime for British Columbia July 25, 2002.
Hoberg, George (2002). Capacity for Choice: Canada in a New North America. 346 pp. (sole author of introduction and conclusion) Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Hoberg, George, Keith Banting and Richard Simeon. (2002). “The Scope for Domestic Choice: Policy Autonomy in a Globalized World,” Toronto: University of Toronto Press George Hoberg, (ed.) Capacity for Choice: Canada in a New North America, pp. 252-299.
Hoberg, George. (2001). Canadian-American Environmental Regulations: A Strategic Framework Oxford University Press Robert Boardman and Debora Van Nijnatten (eds.), Canadian Environmental Policy, 2nd ed. Toronto,pp. 171-189.
Hoberg, George. (2001). Globalization and Policy Convergence: Symposium Overview Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 3: 127-132.
Hoberg, George. (2001). Trade, Harmonization, and Domestic Autonomy in Environmental Policy Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 3: 191-217.
Cashore, Benjamin, George Hoberg, Michael Howlett, Jeremy Rayner, and Jeremy Wilson (eds.). (2001). In Search of Sustainability: Forest Policy in British Columbia in the 1990s. UBC Press, Vancouver, B.C. 329 pp.
Hoberg, George. (2001). The British Columbia Forest Practices Code: Formalization and its Effects. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp 348-377 Michael Howlett (ed.), Canadian Forest Policy: Adapting to Change
Amos, William, Kathryn Harrison and George Hoberg. (2001). In search of a minimum winning coalition: The politics of species at risk legislation in Canada. : Canada and Endangered Species. Oxford University Press, Toronto. Pp. 137-166 in Karen Beazley and Robert Boardman (eds.), Politics of the Wild
Hoberg, George. (2001). The emerging triumph of ecosystem management: The transformation of federal forest policy. Westview Press, Boulder. Pp. 55-86 in Charles Davis (ed.), Environmental Politics and Western Public Lands. 2nd edition.
Rayner, J., M. Howlett, J. Wilson, B. Cashore, and G. Hoberg. (2001). Privileging the sub-sector: Critical sub-sectors and sectoral relationships in forest policy-making. Forest Policy and Economics 2(3-4):319-332.
Hoberg, George. (2000). How the way we make policy governs the policy we choose. UBC Press, Vancouver, B.C. Pp. 26-53 in Donald Alper and Debra Salazar (eds.), Forging Truces in the War in the Woods: Sustaining the Forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Hoberg, George. (2000). Canada and North American Integration. Canadian Public Policy – analyse de Politiques 26(2):S35-S50.
Hoberg, George and Paul Howe. (2000). Law knowledge, and national interests in trade disputes: The softwood lumber case. Journal of World Trade 34(2):109-130.
Hoberg, George. (1999). Can Canada still make distinctive policy choices. Horizons 2(6):8-9.
Hoberg, George and Detmar Schwitchenberg. (1999). “Getting More Benefits From BC Forest Lands: The Intensive Zoning Option,” Discussion Paper for the BC Forest Policy Review.
Hoberg, George. (1998). Distinguishing Learning from Other Sources of Policy Change: The Case of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest Prepared for Delivery at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, September 3-6, 1998.-
Hoberg, George. (1998). North American environmental regulations. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, ON. pp. 305-327 in Doern, G.B. and S. Wilks (eds.), British and North American Regulatory Institutions.
Hoberg, George. (1998). Foresters, trust and civic science: a new role for the profession? RPF Forum 5(1):25.
Banting, Keith, George Hoberg and Richard Simeon (1997). Degrees of Freedom: Canada and the United States in a Changing Global Context(493 pp). Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press
Banting, Keith, George Hoberg and Richard Simeon (1997). “Introduction” Degrees of Freedom, pp 13 – 22.
Harrison, Kathryn and George Hoberg (1997). Setting the environmental agenda in Canada and the United States: The cases of dioxin and radon. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. pp. 463-487 in Sheila Jasanoff (ed.), Comparative Science and Technology Policy.
Hoberg, George. (1997). The war of words in the woods. Vancouver Sun, July 12.
Hoberg, George. (1997). From Localism to Legalism: The Transformation of US Forest Policy. Boulder: Westview Press. Charles Davis, (ed.), Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics,
Hoberg, George and Edward Morawski (1997). Policy change through sector intersection: forest and aboriginal policy in Clayoquot Sound. Can. Public Admin. 40(3):387-414.
Hoberg, George. (1997). “Governing the Environment: Environmental Policy in Canada and the United States” Degrees of Freedom, pp 341 – 88.
Simeon, Richard, George Hoberg and Keith Banting (1997). Globalization, Fragmentation, and the Social Contract in Degrees of Freedom.
Harrison, Kathryn and George Hoberg. (1996). In Defense of Regulation: A Rejoinder to Benoit Laplant. Canadian Public Policy – Analyse de Politiques, XXII (June 1996).
Hoberg, George. (1996). Putting Ideas in Their Place: A Response to Learning and Change in the British Columbia Forest Policy Sector. Canadian Journal of Political Science, XXIX (March 1996):135-144.
George HOBERG (1996). The Politics of Sustainability: Forest Policy in British Columbia. UBC Press In: Ken Carty (ed.), Politicsm Policy and Government in British Columbia, Vancouver: .