Nicole Klenk

Nicole Klenk

Assistant Professor
Environmental Science

Research Interests: 

The primary focus of my research is on the role of (environmental) science in society. I am particularly interested in the science-policy interface, the politics of knowledge creation and use, and multilevel environmental governance arrangements. My research is mostly situated in the interpretive social sciences and some of the theoretical lenses that I use include discursive institutionalism, post-structural theory and actor-network theory. I use a mixed methods approach to research, including quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g., survey methods, social and textual network analysis, concept and cognitive mapping, policy Delphi, and qualitative interviews protocols). I highly value collaborative and community-based research.


  • 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.
  • 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., 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:

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