Nicole Klenk, Assistant Professor


Home Campus:
U of T Scarborough


Cross Appointments:
Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences and Department of Political Science

Contact Information:

Phone:     (416) 208-5089
Location: Room SW638 (UTSC)
Downtown Office: Room SSH5022 (100 St. George Street)


Personal Website:

Research Interests:

  • Social studies of science
  • Environmental policy
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental governance

Teaching This Academic Year:

POLC53 Canadian Environmental Policy

Call For Students:

Looking for: MA, PhD students
I am recruiting students who are interested in the science-policy interface, stakeholder engagement in research and environmental governance.

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Smith, A.L., Klenk, N., Wood, S., Hewitt, N., Bazely, D.R., Yan, N., Henriques, I. 2013. Second Generation Biofuels and Bioinvasions: An evaluation of invasive risks and policy responses in Canada and the United States. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 27: 30-42.
  • Klenk, N.L. and Larson, B.M.H. 2013. A Rhetorical analysis of the scientific debate over assisted colonization. Environmental Science and Policy 33: 9-18.
  • Klenk, N.L., Reed, M.G., Lidestav, G., Carlsson, J. 2013. Modes of representation and participation in model forests: dilemmas and implications for networked forms of environmental governance involving indigenous people. Environmental Policy and Governance 23(3): 161-176.
  • Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. 2013. How can research networks produce more socially robust science? Lessons from Canada’s Sustainable Forest Management Network. Forest Policy and Economics 37: 44-56.
  • Klenk, N.L., Mabee, W., Gong, Y., and Bull, G.Q. 2012. Forestry, governance and deforestation. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Nature Publishing Group. London. UK. 16p. Available at:
  • Klenk, N.L. 2012. Interpretive skills for environmental ethics. Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 6(1): 19-28 [online].
  • Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. 2012. Improving cross-sector research networks for sustainable natural resource management: Results of a Delphi study in Canada. Science and Public Policy 39(3): 357-372. DOI: 10.1093/scipol/scs024
  • Smith, A.L., Hewitt, N., Klenk, N.L., Bazely, D.R., Yan, N., Wood, S., Henriques, I., MacLellan, J.I., and Lipsig-Mumme, C. 2012. Effects of climate change on the distribution of invasive alien species in Canada: A knowledge synthesis of range change projections in a warming world. Environmental Reviews 20: 1-16.
  • Hewitt, N., Klenk, N.L., Smith, A.L., Bazely, D.R., Yan, N., Wood, S., MacLellan, J.I., and Lipsig-Mumme, C. 2011. Taking stock of the assisted migration debate. Biological Conservation 144(11): 2560-2572.
  • Keskitalo, C.H., Klenk, N.L., Bullock, R., Smith, A.L., and Bazely, D.R. 2011. Preparing for and responding to disturbances: Examples from the forest sector in Sweden and Canada. Forests 2: 505-524.
  • Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. 2011. Government science in forestry: Characteristics and policy utilization. Forest Policy & Economics 13(1): 37-45.
  • Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. 2011. A virtual and anonymous, deliberative and analytic participation process for public policy planning and decision-making: The Concept Mapping Policy Delphi. International Journal of Forecasting 27(1): 152-165.
  • Klenk, N.L., Hickey, G.M., and MacLellan, J.I. 2010. Evaluating the social capital accrued in large research networks: The case of the Sustainable Forest Management Network (1995-2009). Social Studies of Science 40(6): 931-960.
  • Klenk, N.L., Dabros, A., and Hickey, G.M. 2010. Quantifying the research impact of the Sustainable Forest Management Network in the social sciences: A bibliometric study.
  • Canadian Journal of Forest Research 12(3): 315-329. Klenk, N. L. and Hickey, G.M. 2010. Communication and management in large, cross-sector research networks: A Canadian case study. Canadian Journal of Communication 35(2): 239- 263.
  • Klenk, N.L. and Hickey, G.M. 2009. The Sustainable Forest Management Network: an overview of its organizational history and its perceived legacies. The Forestry Chronicle 85(4): 521-527.
  • Klenk, N.L., Bull, G.Q., and MacLellan, J.I. 2009. The “emulation of natural disturbance” management approach in Canadian forestry: a critical evaluation. The Forestry Chronicle 85:1-6.
  • Klenk, N. L. 2009. The ethics of “following nature” in forestry: Academic forest scientists and Rolston’s environmental ethics. Environmental Ethics 31:67-84.
  • Klenk, N. L. 2008. Listening to the birds: a pragmatic proposal for forestry. Environmental Values 17(3): 331-351.
  • Klenk, N.L., Bull, G.Q., and Cohen, D. 2008. What is the “END” (emulation of natural disturbance) forest management approach in Canada? An open question. Canadian Journal of
  • Forest Research 38(8): 2159-2168. Klenk, N.L. and Brown, P.J. 2007. What are forests for? The place of ethics in the forestry curriculum. Journal of Forestry 105(2): 61-66.
  • Klenk, N.L., Bull, G.Q. and Kozak, R. 2006. Dwelling in dialogues: being-at-home in relation to clutter, nature, and people. Worldviews 10(3): 404-429.

Book Chapters

  • Klenk, N., Reed, M.G. and Mendis-Millard, S. 2012. Adaptive Capacity in Canadian Model Forest Communities: A social and regional analysis. In: Beaulieu, M. S. and Harpelle, R.N. (eds). Pulp Friction: Communities and the Forest Industry in a Global Perspective. Waterloo: Laurier University Press.

Research Clusters:
Nature, Society and Environmental Change