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Dr. Garrett Richards, B.Sc., BA, MES  (Saskatchewan), Ph.D. (Victoria)

Phone: (709) 639-6534

Email: grichards@grenfell.mun.ca

Office: FC2024

Webpage(s): Google Scholar PageResearchGate ProfileAcademia.edu Page


  • Climate Change
  • Deliberative Democracy
  • Evidence-Based Policy
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Knowledge Mobilization
  • Political Communication
  • Renewable Energy
  • Science-Policy Interfaces



With an interdisciplinary background in environmental studies and political science, Dr. Garrett Richards is broadly interested in knowledge mobilization for sustainability. He wants to understand how to take existing knowledge in universities and "move" it to where it can do the most good for society and the environment. How do we ensure produced knowledge about the environment will be useful and relevant? How might contemporary debates about energy and sustainability be better informed by expert knowledge? How (and where) can the policy-making process draw on academic research in order to arrive at more socially and ecologically sound decisions? In practice, this research examines cases of public deliberation as well as partnerships between academia, government, and community, usually around issues of energy or climate change. Garrett is a board member for the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, is passionate about public speaking and debating, and is a certified facilitator for the internationally-recognized Instructional Skills Workshop


Research Interests

  • Theoretical and Conceptual Areas: knowledge mobilization, science-policy interfaces, deliberative democracy, evidence-based policy, interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity
  • Empirical Areas: climate change, renewable energy
  • Methodological Areas: interviews, focus groups, document reviews, policy evaluations, surveys, systematic reviews


Peer-Reviewed Contributions

Richards, G. (2018). "The Science–Policy Relationship Hierarchy (SPRHi) Model of Co-Production: How Climate Science Organizations Have Influenced the Policy Process in Canadian Case Studies." Policy Sciences (in press - available online). [abstract | manuscript]

Richards, G. and Carruthers Den Hoed, R. (2018). "Seven Strategies of Climate Change Science Communication for Policy Change: Combining Academic Theory with Practical Evidence from Science–Policy Partnerships in Canada." Handbook of Climate Change Communication: Vol. 2 - Climate Change Management (eds. W. Leal Filho, E. Manolas, A. Azul, U. Azeiteiro, and H. McGhie). Cham: Springer. [abstract | manuscript]

Richards, G. (2017). "How Research–Policy Partnerships Can Benefit Government: A Win–Win for Evidence-Based Policy-Making." Canadian Public Policy, vol. 43(2), pp. 165-170. [full text]

Lacroix, K. and Richards, G. (2015). "An Alternative Policy Evaluation of the British Columbia Carbon Tax: Broadening the Application of Elinor Ostrom's Design Principles for Managing Common-Pool Resources." Ecology and Society, vol. 20(2), art. 38. [full text]

Richards, G., Belcher, K., and Noble, B. (2013). "Informational Barriers to Effective Policy-Public Communication: A Case Study of Wind Energy Planning in Saskatchewan, Canada." Canadian Public Policy, vol. 39(3), pp. 431-450. [abstract]

Richards, G., Noble, B., and Belcher, K. (2012). "Barriers to Renewable Energy Development: A Case Study of Large-Scale Wind Energy in Saskatchewan, Canada." Energy Policy, vol. 42(1), pp. 691-698. [abstract]


Other Media

Richards, G. (2017, September 14). "The Wisdom of Research–Policy Partnerships." Policy Options [full text] - short version of the 2017 Canadian Public Policy article above.

Richards, G. (2016, March 26). "Viewpoint: Carbon Pricing Must Be Topic in Election." Saskatoon StarPhoenix [full text] - also picked up by Regina Leader-Post on March 28 [full text].

Richards, G. (2015). "Comedy of the Commons: Cheerful Options for Shared Resources in an Era of Climate Change." Alternatives Journal, vol. 41(5), p. 50. [full text]

Guske, A., Richards, G., Ferretti, J., Kunseler, E., van Enst, W., and Pettibone, L. (2015). "Understanding Science-Policy Interfaces" Ch. 1 in Research Gaps in Impact Assessment – Novel Perspectives of Early Stage Researchers (eds. S. Weiland and A. Podhora), LIAISE Network Innovation Report no. 7-8. [full text]

Lettrari, H. and Richards, G. (2014). "A Pocket Guide to the Internet's Reddest Flags." The Martlet (University of Victoria Student Newspaper), October 9. [full text]

Reed, M., Daviduik, S., Richards, G., Neufeldt, M., Sheelanere, P., Kayira, J., Noble, B., Bowden, M., Liber, K., and Schindel, E. (2010). "Shifting Sands: Shaping Sustainability in Northwestern Saskatchewan." Report on a Public Outreach Workshop Sept 23-25, 2009. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability. [full text]


Unpublished Works

Richards, G. (2018). "Why Cities May Be the Most Appropriate Level of Government at Which to Pursue Climate Science–Policy Partnerships." Poster. Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), March 4-7, 2018, City of Edmonton. [full poster]

Richards, G. (2017). "Tips for PhD Comprehensive Exams." Output of a panel discussion I facilitated. [full text]

Richards, G. (2015). "Climate Change Action through Co-Productive Design in Science-Policy Partnerships at Municipal, Provincial, and National Levels of Government." PhD Dissertation. [full text]

Richards, G. (2013). "Translating Deliberative Democracy Theory into Practice: Five Essential Principles Applied to the Case of a City Council Meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan." Research Paper. [full text]

Richards, G. (2012). "Tracing Factual Claims for Environmental Policy Dialogue: An Analysis of the Alberta Oil Sands Greenhouse Gas Controversy." Research Paper. [full text]

Richards, G. (2010). "Complexity as a Cause of Environmental Inaction: Case Studies of Large-Scale Wind Energy Development in Saskatchewan." Master's Thesis. [full text]

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