Forest Sciences Centre 2031
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T1Z4
phone: 6048272625

My research and teaching interests focus on the interconnected themes of conservation and social-ecological change. I am specifically interested in human behavioural, institutional and policy elements of managing social-ecological systems (SES) in a rapidly changing world.

The following focal areas represent a sample of ongoing and emerging research projects and interests:

Biodiversity Conservation in a Post-Wild World: How are preferences for conservation and management changing in anticipation of changing ecosystems? What is the role of values in shaping plural ideas and views about the acceptability of emerging proposals for conservation in an era of rapid global change (e.g. assisted migration, managing for novel ecosystems, rewilding)?

Politics and Production of Knowledge at the Science-Policy Interface: How are preferences, politics and science forged into conservation policy at key zones of conservation engagement and governance (e.g. Convention on Biological Diversity)? How do policy commitments made on the international stage (e.g. the Aichi Biodiversity Targets) translate across scales to shape national and regional policies and actions?

Dynamics and Drivers of Change in Social-Ecological Systems: What are the dynamics and drivers of resource use and governance in regional SESs where competing objectives are sought? What are the roles of human dimensions in shaping dynamics and outcomes in SESs (e.g.  history, memory, institutions, perception, values, knowledge, equity)?

Prospective students: I am looking to work with students who are interested in applying social science perspectives and methods to advance understanding of complex, dynamic conservation and resource management dilemmas. I welcome interdisciplinary approaches and so an interest in social science may constitute a major (or integrated) research focus. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree with me, please email me with a letter of interest and CV.

Research Areas

Environmental Values
Politics of Knowledge
Social-Ecological Systems
Human-Dimensions of Conservation
Environmental Decision-Making and Policy
Climate Change Adaptation

Current Courses

Winter 2016

CONS200 Foundations of Conservation Sections

Conceptual foundations of conservation; means of conserving nature and natural resources.

Winter 2016

FRST528 Social Science Research Methods for Forestry and Conservation Sections


Selected Publications

Hagerman, S.M. (2016). Governing adaptation across scales: Hotspots and hesitancy in Pacific Northwest Forests Elsevier Land Use Policy
Shigaeva, J.; Hagerman, SM.; Zerriffi, H.; Hergarten, C.; Isaeva, A.; Mamadalievv, Z. and M. Foggin (2016). Decentralizing governance of agropastoral systems: The development and practice of "local governance" during the transitional phase of pasture reforms in Kyrgyzstan Mountain Research and Development
Campbell, L., Hagerman SM. & N. Gray (2014). Producing targets for conservation: science and politics at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity Special Issue: Global Environmental Politics 14: 41-63
Corson, C., Gruby, R. Witter, R., Hagerman, SM., Suarez, D. Greenburg, S, Bourque M, Gray, N. and L. Campbell (2014). Everyone’s solution? Defining and re-defining protected areas through the Conventional on Biological Diversity. Conservation and Society. 12: 190-202
Hagerman, SM. & T. Satterfield. (2014). Agreed but not preferred: Expert views on taboo options for biodiversity conservation given climate change. Ecological Applications 24: 548-559.
Hagerman, SM and T. Satterfield. (2013). Entangled judgments: Expert preferences for adapting biodiversity conservation to climate change Journal of Environmental Management 129: 555-563.
Hagerman, SM., Witter, R., Corson, C., Suarez, D., Maclin, T., Bourque, M and L. Campbell (2012). On the Coattails of climate? Opportunities and threats of a warming Earth for biodiversity conservation. Global Environmental Change 22: 724-735.
Hagerman, SM. (2011). Climate Change, Protected Areas and the Convention on Biodiversity: Reflections from COP10, Nagoya Anthropology News 52: 30 – 46.
Hagerman, SM.; Dowlatabadi, H., Satterfield, T.S and McDaniels. (2010). Expert views on biodiversity conservation in an era of climate change. Global Environmental Change 20: 192-207.
Hagerman, SM., Satterfield, T. & H. Dowlatabadi. (2010). Climate impacts, biodiversity conservation and protected values: Understanding promotion, ambivalence and resistance to policy redesign at the WCC. Special Iss. Conservation & Society 8 (4) 298-311
Hagerman, SM.; Dowlatabadi, H. and Satterfield, T.S. (2010). Observations on drivers and dynamics of environmental policy change: insights from 150 years of forest management in BC. Ecology and Society. 15 (1): 2 [online]
Hagerman, SM.; Dowlatabadi, H., Chan, K.M.A. and Satterfield, T.S (2010). Integrative propositions for adapting conservation policy to the impacts of climate change. Global Environmental Change 20: 351-362.
Hagerman S.M. and K.M.A. Chan (2009). Climate change and biodiversity conservation: impacts, adaptation strategies and future research directions. F1000 Biology Reports, 1:16 (Invited review)