Call for Applications: Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance

Posted on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph invites applications for the fourth Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance.

Funded by a generous endowment from the Kinross Gold Corporation, the Chair in Environmental Governance will be held by an established contributor to the governance of the environment and natural resources in Canada or abroad.

The Kinross Chair will bring extensive experience, professional expertise, Indigenous knowledge, and/or scholarly excellence to campus for a residence of four to six months in the Fall of 2022. During this time the successful candidate will share existing understanding and develop opportunities for further knowledge creation with faculty and students.

Unlike traditional Chairs, this is a unique Knowledge Exchange Chair, developed with the intent of bringing high profile experts to the University and enriching intellectual conversations both on- and off-campus.

See the full posting for the Kinross Chair on the Faculty Recruitment website.


The term governance refers to the processes and actions through which societies and organizations operate. In the past, the responsibility for environmental governance in Canada and elsewhere resided largely with governments.

However, new actors are increasingly taking on this role, from citizens and communities to non-governmental organizations and businesses. This has led to a growing demand in the public and private sectors, as well as in civil society, for people with the knowledge and experience needed to develop and implement policies, campaigns, strategies, and other governance tools to contribute to greater environmental well-being and sustainability.

While curriculum around the phenomenon of environmental governance is quickly emerging, students and faculty have much to learn from practitioners who regularly contribute to the contemporary governance of the environment and natural resources.

Linking to the interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Governance (Bachelor of Arts), the Master of Conservation Leadership, and the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, the Kinross Chair will provide leadership around the processes of, and mechanisms involved in, environmental governance, the challenges and innovations in the field, and emerging societal concerns.


Deadline for applications: January 31, 2022

Interested persons are invited to contact Prof. Francesco Leri for further information.

Those applying should submit a CV and a letter outlining their ideas for activities and anticipated outcomes to:

Prof. Francesco Leri
Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences,
Room 105, Macdonald Institute,
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Phone: 519-824-4120, ext. 58264

See the full posting for the Kinross Chair on the Faculty Recruitment website.

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