Kevin Hanna

Associate Professor

Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Geography
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; integrated resource and environmental management; climate change adaptation policy; natural resources policy in Canada and Northern Europe; European Union environmental policy.

Courses & Teaching

Environmental impact assessment; natural resources management policy and practice; sustainability practice and theory.


My work centres broadly on the analysis and evaluation of environmental and natural resources policy.

The research area I focus on is environmental assessment (EA), with a emphasis on the role EA in natural resource management, planning and decision-making. This often involves collaboration with Indigenous organizations, government and industry. My current projects are in western Canada and the Canadian Arctic.

The work I do is focused on case study approaches, especially comparative studies, and developing applied knowledge that can support management, policy development, and operational activities in natural resources management.

The Centre for Environmental Assessment Research


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

Research Interests & Projects

Connecting cumulative effects assessment to decision-making. With Sarah Gergel, Gary Bull and Bram Noble.Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Developing a community tool-kit for advancing marine related knowledge and baseline information in environmental assessment and linked planning processes. Funded by Irving Shipbuilding International.

Gender-based assessment in impact assessment. Funded by the Canadian International Resources Development Institute.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Best Practices in Environmental Assessment: Case Studies and Application to Mining, by Lauren Arnold and Kevin Hanna. A Report for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute

Visit the Research page of my website to see descriptions of current projects.


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.

Journal Articles

Noble, B.N. and K.S. Hanna. 2015. Environmental assessment in the Arctic: A gap analysis and research agenda, Arctic, 68(3):341-355.

Hanna, K.S. and B.N. Noble. 2015. Using a Delphi study to identify effectiveness criteria for environmental assessment, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 33(2):116-125.

Webber, S.M and K.S. Hanna. 2014. Sustainability and suburban housing in the Toronto region: the case of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Journal of Urbanism, 7(3):245-260 .

Hanna, Kevin and Bram Noble. 2012. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry: Promise and reality (Das kanadische UVP-Dokumentationssystem: Anspruch und Wirklichkeit) UVP-report, 25(4): 222-225.

Hanna, Kevin, Ismo Pölönen and Kaisa Raitio. 2011. A potential role for EIA in Finnish forest planning: learning from experiences in Ontario, Canada. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 29(2): 99-108.

Hanna, Kevin and Steven Webber. 2010. Incremental planning and land-use conflict in the Toronto region’s Oak Ridges Moraine. Local Environment, 15(2):169-183.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Director, UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research


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