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Lorelei Lynn Hanson

Athabasca University

Based in

North America

Lorelei L. Hanson is an associate professor of Environmental Studies. She has extensive experience undertaking community-based participatory research focused on: climate change action through community economic development organizations (STARCAP, 2021- 2024); rural knowledge mobilisation (Communities in Transition, 2021–2023), ‘Restor(y)ing’ bull trout futures in the Bighorn Country of Alberta (2020-2023), citizen deliberations on climate change (Alberta Climate Dialogue, 2007-2015) and strengthening the social economy (BALTA, 2006-2011). She developed a personalized on-line Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) program for Athabasca University and served as fellow with the Energy Futures Lab (2015- 2019), a social learning lab focused on identifying innovation pathways to transition Alberta’s energy system. Her current research focuses on renewable energy development in Alberta, alternative assessment practices, and Indigenous governance and fish futures.

Country(ies) of Specialty


Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy Indigenous studies

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Baker, Janelle, Lorelei L. Hanson and Zoe Todd. “Restor(y)ing Land Use Governance and Bull Trout Wellbeing in Alberta, Canada.” Lost Kingdom: Animal Death in the Anthropocene, edited by Wendy A. Wiseman and Burak Kesgin, Vernon Press, 2024, pp. 151–183.

Gismondi, Mike and Lorelei L. Hanson. “Provincial Polyphasia: Community Energy Generation and the Politics of Sustainability Transition in Alberta, Canada. In Susanna Batel, Susana and David Rudolph.” A Critical Approach to the Social Acceptance of Renewable Energy Infrastructures – Going Beyond Green Growth and Sustainability, Palgrave MacMillan, 2021, pp. 181- 198.

Hanson, Lorelei L., editor. Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue. Athabasca University Press, 2018.

Hanson, Lorelei L. “Profiles of Four Deliberations.” Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue, edited by Lorelei L. Hanson, Athabasca University Press, 2018, pp 3-32.

Hanson, Lorelei L. and David Kahane. “Introduction.” Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue, edited by Lorelei L. Hanson. Athabasca University Press, 2018, pp. 33-66.

Kahane, David and Lorelei L. Hanson. “Collaborating on Deliberative Democracy.” Public Deliberation on Climate Change: Lessons from Alberta Climate Dialogue, edited by Lorelei L. Hanson, Athabasca University Press, 2018, pp. 147-167.

Adkin, Laurie E., Lorelei L. Hanson, David Kahane, John R. Parkins and Steve Patten. “Can Public Engagement Democratize Environmental Policymaking in a Resource-Dependent State? Comparative Case Studies from Alberta, Canada.” Environmental Politics, vol. 26, no. 2, 2017, pp. 301-321.

Hanson, Lorelei L. and Deborah Schrader. “Identifying Opportunities and Hurdles for Food Security: A Critical Examination of the City of Edmonton’s Food and Agriculture Strategy.” Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, vol 17, no. 2, 2016,  pp. 98-115.

Schrader, Deborah and Lorelei L. Hanson. “Imaginative Forms Built through Citizen Engagement: Transforming Food Systems Through an Ethics of Care.” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, vol. 9, no3/4, 2015, pp. 1-9.

Hanson, Lorelei L and Deborah Schrader. “Creating New Urban Spaces of Sustainability and Governmentality: An Assessment of the Development of a Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy for Edmonton, Canada.” From Sustainable to Resilient Cities: Global Concerns/Urban Efforts, edited by William G. Holt, Emerald Group, 2014, pp. 195-218.

Hanson, Lorelei L. “Reengineering the Contours of Conservation: Alberta Land Trusts and the Neoliberalization of Nature.” Found in Alberta – Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene, edited by Robert Boschman and Mario Trono, Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2014, pp. 29-46.

Ryan, Sean., Lorelei L. Hanson, and Mike Gismondi. “Landscape-scale prioritization process for private land conservation in Alberta.” Human Ecology – An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 42, no. 1, 2014, pp. 103-114.

Beckie, Mary A., Hanson, Lorelei L. and Deborah Schrader. “Farms or Freeways? Citizen Engagement and Municipal Governance in Edmonton’s Food and Agriculture Strategy Development.” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, vol. 4, no. 1, 2013, pp. 15-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.041.004

Hanson, Lorelei L. “Exploring the Processes and Perceptions of Citizen Engagement: An Analysis of Public Input in the Development of a Municipal Environmental Sustainability Plan.” The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, vol. 8, no. 2, 2013, pp. 85-96.

Hanson, Lorelei L. 2012. “Changes in the social imaginary of the landscape: The management of Alberta’s rural public lands.” Social Transformation of Rural Canada, edited by John Parkins and Maureen Reed, UBC Press, 2012. pp. 148-168.

Hanson, Lorelei L. and Gloria E. Filax. “The Cultural Politics of Canadian Land Trusts: Exploring the Ethos and Structure of the Social Economy as Articulated Across Protected Private Lands.” International Journal of Canadian Studies, vol. 39, 2009, pp. 211-229.

Filax, Gloria E. and Lorelei L. Hanson. “Unruly Alberta: Queering the Subject of Place and Peoples in the ‘Last Best West’,” The Last Best West: An Exploration of Myth, Identity and Quality of Life in Western Canada, edited by Ann Gagnon et al. New Star Books, 2009, pp. 83-100.

Hanson, L. 2009. Environmental justice as a politics in place: An analysis of five Canadian environmental groups’ approaches to agro-food issues. In Agyeman, J., Cole, P., Haluza-DeLay, R. & O’Riley, P. (eds.) Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada, pp. 203-218. UBC Press.

Hanson, Lorelei L. “Environmental Justice Across the Rural Canadian Prairies – Agricultural Restructuring, Seed Production and the Farm Crisis.” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, vol. 12, no. 6, 2007, pp. 599-611.