Kate Sherren

Associate Professor and Academic Program Coordinator

Email: kate.sherren@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1359
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Suite 5010,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Climate adaptation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Energy
  • Environmental education
  • Food
  • Landscape values
  • Water
  • Spatial and visual methods


  • BES Hons, University of Waterloo
  • PhD, Australian National University
  • PDF, Australian National University

Research interests

Professor Sherren researches multifunctional landscapes; cultural ecosystem services; climate adaptation; environmental education; and the organizational and intellectual challenges of cross-cutting topics like sustainability. She uses and often integrates various social and spatial research methods in her applied resource-focused research, particularly visual approaches like in situ landscape elicitation.

Selected publications

  • Blake, D., Auge, A. and Sherren, K. Accepted. Participatory mapping to elicit cultural coastal values for marine spatial planning in a remote archipelago. Ocean and Coastal Management.
  • Sherren, K. and Darnhofer, I. Accepted. Precondition for integration: in support of stand-alone social science for rangeland and silvo-pastoral research. Rangeland Ecology and Management.
  • Sherren, K., Parkins, J. R., Smit, M., Holmlund, M. and Chen, Y. 2017. Digital archives, big data and image-based culturomics for social impact assessment: opportunities and challenges. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 67, 23-30.
  • Chen, Y., Parkins, J. R. and Sherren, K. 2017. Using geo-tagged social media data to map landscape values. Landscape and Urban Planning, in press.
  • Sherren, K., Smit, M., Parkins, J. R., Holmlund, M. and Chen, Y. 2017. Conservation culturomics should include images and a wider range of scholars. Write Back Letter. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15 (6), 289-290.
  • Sherren, K. and Kent. C. 2017. Who’s afraid of Allan Savory? Scientometric polarization on Holistic Management as competing understandings. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. DOI: /10.1017/S1742170517000308
  • Keilty, K., Beckley, T., and Sherren, K. 2016. Baselines of acceptability and generational change on the Mactaquac hydroelectric dam headpond (New Brunswick, Canada). GeoForum, 75, 234-248.
  • Greenland-Smith, S., Brazner, J. and Sherren K. 2016. Farmer perceptions of wetlands; using social metrics as an alternative to ecosystem service valuation. Ecological Economics, 126, 58-69.
  • Sherren, K., Beckley, T., Parkins. J., Stedman, R. C., Keilty, K., and Morin, I. 2016. Learning (or living) to love the landscapes of hydroelectricity in Canada: Eliciting local preferences on the Mactaquac Dam via headpond boat tours. Energy Research and Social Science, 14, 102-110.
  • Sherren, K., Loik, L. and Debner, J. 2016. Climate adaptation in ‘new world’ cultural landscapes: the case of Bay of Fundy agricultural dykelands (Nova Scotia, Canada). Land Use Policy, 51, 267-280.

Selected awards and honours

  • Finalist (1 of 3 nationally), 2011 Eureka (Australia’s National) Science Prize for ‘Research by an Interdisciplinary Team’
  • Finalist (1 of 12 nationally), 2012 SSHRC Aurora Prize
  • Faculty of Management Rising Star Award 2014-15


  • ENVI5009 Graduate Seminar
  • ENVI5023 Qualitative Data Analysis
  • ENVI5050 Special Topics: GIS for Resources and Society