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Shannon Hagerman

Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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

work phone: 604-827-2625

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.


Novel Environmental Management Interventions in the AnthropoceneCurrent
2017 – 2021

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant

Targets Through Time: Negotiating knowledge (s) and Constructing Future Possibilities for Global Biodiversity Governance Current
2017 – 2020

Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant

CoAdapTree: Healthy Trees for Future Climates Current
2017 – 2020

Co-Investigator, Genome Canada

Wildfire 2017: Community-Based Solutions to a Wicked Problem Current
2017 – 2020

Co-Investigator, Peter Wall Solutions Initiative

Climate Adaptation for Conservation – Evaluating Success Current
September, 2019 – December, 2020

Principal Investigator – Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation


Killam Teaching Prize 2018

Selected Publications

Henry, A., S. Hagerman and R.A. Kozak (2022). The Effects of Institutions on Perceptions of Legitimacy in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 52(1):11-18.
Hagerman, S., Campbell, L., Gray, N. and R. Pelai (2021). Knowledge Production for Target-based Biodiversity Governance Biological Conservation 255: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.108980
Pelai, R., Hagerman, S. and Kozak, R. (2021). Whose expertise counts? Assisted migration and the politics of knowledge in British Columbia’s public forests Land Use Policy 103: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2021.105296
Peterson St-Laurent, G., R.A. Kozak and S. Hagerman (2021). Cross-Jurisdictional Insights from Forest Practitioners on Novel Climate-Adaptive Options for Canada’s Forests. Regional Environmental Change (2021)21:4.
Peterson St-Laurent, G., Cross, M., Oakes, L. and Hagerman, S. (2021). R-R-T (Resistance-Resilience-Transformation) Typology Reveals Differential Conservation Approaches Across Ecosystems and Time. Nature Communications Biology https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01556-2
Uduman, A., Hagerman, S., Kroc, E., Watson, Anjali, Kittle, A. and Burton, C (2021). Attitudes Towards the Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) in Two Rural Communities with Varying Levels of Cattle Rearing, and Considerations for Human-Leopard Coexistence. Oryx
Hagerman, S. and Kozak, R. (2021). Disentangling the social complexities of assisted migration through deliberative methods Journal of Ecology https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13667
Nawaz, S., Satterfield, T. and Hagerman, S. (2021). From Seed to Sequence: Dematerialization and the Battle to (Re)Define Genetic Resources. Global Environmental Change
Gregory, R., Kozak, R. Peterson St-Laurent, G., Nawaz, S., Satterfield, T. and Hagerman, S. (2021). Under Pressure: Conservation Choices and the Threat of Species Extinction. Climatic Change
Mascarenhas, L., R.A. Kozak and S. Hagerman (2020). Forests of the Future: Considering Stakeholder Views for Climate-Adapative Reforestation BC Forest Professional (January-February 2020): 20-21.
Pelai, R., Hagerman, S. and R. Kozak. (2020). Seeds of Change? Seed Transfer Governance in British Columbia: Insights from History. Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Ravensbergen, S., Copes-Gerbitz, K., Dickson-Hoyle, S, Hagerman, S.M. and Daniels, L. (2020). Community views on wildfire risk and preparedness in the wildland-urban interface
Findlater, K.M., Peterson St-Laurent, G., Hagerman, S.M. and Kozak, R. (2020). Surprisingly malleable public preferences for climate adaptation in forests Environmental Research Letters 15,
Pelai, R., Hagerman, S. and Kozak, R. (2020). Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Forestry: Governance Insights from a Comparative Systematic Review of Barriers and Recommendations Forest Policy and Economics
Wirtz, Z. C., Hagerman, S., Hauer, R. and Konijnendijk, C. (2020). What makes urban forest governance successful? A study among Canadian experts. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
Peterson-St. Laurent, G., Hoberg, G. Sheppard, S. and S. Hagerman (2020). Designing and evaluating analytic-deliberative engagement processes for natural resource management. Elementa, Science of the Anthropocene 8 (1), p. 8
Cockerill, K. and S. Hagerman (2020). Historical insights for understanding the emergence of community-based conservation in Kenya: international agendas, colonial legacies and contested worldviews Ecology and Society
Gary, N., Corson, C., Campbell, L., Wilshusen, P., Gruby, R. and S. Hagerman (2019). Doing strong collaborative fieldwork in human geography Geographical Review
Peterson-St. Laurent, G., Hagerman, S., Findlater, K.M. and R. Kozak. (2019). Public trust and knowledge in the context of emerging climate-adaptive forestry policies Journal of Environmental Management 242: 474-486
Adeyeye, Y. Hagerman, S. and R. Pelai (2019). Seeking procedural equity in global environmental governance: Indigenous participation and knowledge politics in forest and landscape restoration debates at the 2016 World Conservation Congress. Forest Policy and Economics 109:
Levine, J, A Isaeva, H Zerriffi, IMS Eddy, M Foggin, SE Gergel, and SM Hagerman (2019). Testing for consensus on Kyrgyz rangelands: local perceptions in Naryn Oblast Ecology & Society 24: 36
Daniels, L., Hagerman S.M. and Ravensbergen, S. (2018). Wildfire prevention and fuels management in the woodland-urban interface: BC community perceptions
Vabi, V., Panwar, R., Hagerman, S., Gaston, C., and Kozak, R. (2018). Achieving Sustainable Development Goals in the Global Food Sector: A Systematic Literature Review to Examine Small farmers Engagement in Contract Farming Business Strategy and Development 2, 276-289
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
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
Hagerman, S. and R. Pelai (2018). Responding to climate change in forest management: Two decades of recommendations. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment
Peterson St. Laurent, G., Hagerman, S. and R. Kozak (2018). What risks matter? Public views about climate adaptive reforestation strategies Climatic Change
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)