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.

Here are some of the environmental issues that I am currently working on with my research group:

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Transformation: Perception and governance of risks associated with novel management interventions for biodiversity and natural resources (eg assisted migration, altered fire regimes)
  • Knowledge Politics at the Science-Policy-Management Interface: Social and political processes by which the credibility of different forms of knowledge and expertise is asserted (and contested) from community level to global conservation initiatives
  • Promise and Pushback of Targets-Based Environmental Governance: From the Convention on Biological Diversity to the Sustainable Development Goals, the use and pursuit of targets is enjoying widespread enthusiasm in policy and public spheres. It has also raised fundamental concerns about the potential risks (for both biodiversity and human communities) of governing through goals that are inextricably linked with particular ways of counting and knowing biodiversity.

Prospective students: If you are interested in applying social science perspectives and methods to advance understanding of complex conservation and management dilemmas, please get in touch via email with a letter of interest and CV.

Research Areas

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


Novel Environmental Management Interventions in the Anthropocene

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant

Targets Through Time: Negotiating knowledge (s) and Constructing Future Possibilities for Global Biodiversity Governance

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant

CoAdapTree: Healthy Trees for Future Climates

Co-Investigator, Genome Canada

Wildfire 2017: Community-Based Solutions to a Wicked Problem

Co-Investigator, Peter Wall Solutions Initiative


Current Courses

Winter 2018

CONS200 Foundations of Conservation Sections

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

Winter 2018

CONS528 Social Science Research Methods and Design for Natural Resource Management Sections


Selected Publications

Peterson St-Laurent, G.; Hagerman, S., Kozak, R. and G. Hoberg (2018). Public perceptions about climate change mitigation in British Columbia's forests and forest sector PLOS ONE
Siegner M., Hagerman, S. and R. Kozak (2018). Going deeper with documents: A systematic review of the application of extant texts in social research on forests Forest Policy and Economics
Garnett, S., Zander, K., Hagerman S.M., Satterfield, T. and Meyerhoff, J. (2017). Social preferences for adaptation measures to conserve Australian birds threatened by climate change. Oryx
Guillaume Peterson St-Laurent, Hagerman, S.M. and G. Hoberg. (2017). Emergence and influence of a new policy regime: The case of forest carbon offsets in British Columbia. Land Use Policy Land Use Policy 60: 169-180
Levine, J.; Isaeva, A.; Eddy, I; Foggin, M.; Gergel, S.; Hagerman, S.M. and H. Zerriffi. (2017). A cognitive approach to the post-Soviet Central Asian pasture puzzle: new data from Kyrgyzstan. Regional Environmental Change Regional Environmental Change
Peterson St-Laurent, G., Hagerman, S. and G. Hoberg (2017). Barriers to the development of forest carbon offsetting: Insights from British Columbia, Canada Journal of Environmental Management Elsevier
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 in Kyrgyzstan: An assessment of recent pasture reforms. Mountain Research and Development 36 (1) 91-101.
Hagerman S.M. and R, Pelai. (2016). ‘As far as possible and as appropriate: Implementing the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Conservation Letters
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)