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 and mining development.

Courses & Teaching

Environmental impact assessment; energy systems and resources.


Research Background

Kevin Hanna’s research focuses on environmental impact assessment and natural resources development. 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 assessing projects. His current work focuses on the Canadian west, north, and Arctic.

Research Projects

Cumulative Effects Assessment and Impact Assessment Process Development, collaborative research with the Tsilhqot’in National Government (2020-2023), Impact Assessment Agency of Canada

Supporting Indigenous led impact assessment (2018-2024), Eminence Fund

Connecting cumulative effects assessment to decision-making (2017-2023), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Planning and assessment information for marine and related activities in the Canadian Arctic (2017-2022), Irving Shipbuilding Inc. & Nunavut Research Institute

The Centre for Environmental Assessment Research


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

Selected Publications & Presentations


Hanna, K. (Ed). 2022. The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment. Routledge Abingdon.

Hanna, K. (Ed.) 2016. Environmental Impact Assessment, Practice and Participation, Third Edition. Oxford University Press, Toronto. First edition, 2005; Second edition, 2009.

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

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

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

Recent Journal Articles

Peletz, B. Hanna, K. Noble, B. 2023. “It would be a lot easier to hunt whales if they didn’t move.” Addressing Marine Baseline Information Challenges in Nunavut’s Impact Assessment Process”, Polar Record, Vol 59.

Arnold, L. Hanna, K. Noble, B. Nikolakis, W. Gergel, S. 2022. Capacity Needs for Assessing Cumulative Social Effects of Projects. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.

Martins-Gdhinho, C. Noble, B. Poelzer, G. Hanna, K. 2022. Impact assessment for renewable energy development: analysis of impacts and mitigation practices for wind energy in western Canada. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2022.2139468

Arnold, L, Friberg, R. Hanna, K. and Buse, C. 2022. OECD Case Studies of Integrated Regional and Strategic Impact Assessment: What Does ‘Integration’ Look Like in Practice? Environmental Management, DOI: 10.1007/s00267-022-01631-w

Arnold, L.M., Hanna, K., Noble, B. et al. 2022. Assessing the Cumulative Social Effects of Projects: Lessons from Canadian Hydroelectric Development. Environmental Management.

Thiessen, B. Noble, B. Hanna K. 2022. Enabling conditions and challenges to environmental assessment as a tool for knowledge brokerage: Lessons from Nunavut, Polar Geography, DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2022.2032859

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Director, Centre for Environmental Assessment Research at UBC

Director, Bachelor of Sustainability Degree program at UBC’s Okanagan Campus

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

Member of the Editorial Board of Environmental Management

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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