Kevin Hanna

Associate Professor

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences
Other Titles: Director, UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research; Associate Member, Faculty of Forestry, UBC Vancouver Campus
Office: FIP 246
Phone: 250.807.9265

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Environmental impact assessment; natural resources management; energy systems and resources, the Canadian west, north and Arctic.

Courses & Teaching

Environmental impact assessment regulation and processes; energy systems and resources.


Kevin Hanna’s research broadly centres on integrated approaches to natural resources management, operational support for natural resources development, environmental impact assessment, and energy resources and systems. A key part of his research is working with Indigenous organizations to help outline data/information management approaches and tools, define best practices for impact assessment, and develop case studies to help communities design new methods for conducting impact assessments. His current work focuses on the Canadian west, and north and Arctic.

The Centre for Environmental Assessment Research


PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of British Columbia

Research Interests & Projects

Chilko watershed governance project, a partnership led by the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Government (2019-2021), Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia

Supporting Indigenous led impact assessment (2018-2021), Eminence Fund

Connecting cumulative effects assessment to decision-making (2017-2022), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant Program

Planning and assessment information for marine and related activities in the Canadian Arctic (2017-2020), Irving Shipbuilding Inc. & Nunavut Research Institute

Selected Publications & Presentations


Hanna, Kevin S. (Ed.) 2016. Environmental Impact Assessment, Practice and Participation, Oxford University Press, Oxford and Toronto. Third Edition

Bullock, Ryan and Kevin Hanna, 2012. Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest Governance, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Hanna, Kevin, D. Scott Slocombe and Douglas Clark (Eds.) 2008. Transforming Parks and Protected Areas: Policy and Governance in Changing World. Routledge/Taylor and Francis, Abingdon, UK.

Hanna, Kevin and D. Scott Slocombe (Eds.) 2007. Integrated Resource and Environmental Management: Concepts and Practice. Oxford University Press, Oxford and Toronto.

Recent Journal Articles

Peletz, N. Hanna, K. and Noble B. 2020. The Central role of Inuit Qaujimaningit in Nunavut’s Impact Assessment Process. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 38(5): 412-426.

McMaster, R. Noble, B. Poelzer, G. Hanna, K. 2020. Wind energy environmental assessment requirements and processes: an uneven landscape, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2020.1815271

Thiessen, B. Noble, B. and Hanna, K. 2020. Analysis of impact assessment practice and mitigation for shipping activity in the eastern Canadian Arctic. Arctic, 73(2): 141-277.

Wong, L. Noble, B and Hanna, K. 2019. Water Quality Monitoring to Support Cumulative Effects Assessment and Decision Making in the Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories, Canada. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4179.

Arnold, L., Hanna, K., Noble, B. 2019. Freshwater cumulative effects and environmental assessment in the Mackenzie Valley, Northwest Territories: challenges and decision-maker needs, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2019.1596596

Hanna, K., McGuigan, E., Noble, B., Parkins, J. 2019. An analysis of the state of impact assessment research for alternative power production. Energy Research & Social Science, 50:116-129.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Director, Centre for Environmental Assessment Research at UBC

Co-Chair of the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada’s Technical Advisory Committee on Science and Knowledge

Member of the Editorial Board of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

Member of the BC Environmental Assessment Act Implementation Advisory Committee

Member of the Minister’s Environmental Assessment Expert Advisory Committee, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy


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