Meet the Chairholder

Liette Vasseur: UNESCO Chairholder

Liette Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University, where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, one of the five transdisciplinary spaces at the university.

She has held the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to Global at Brock since 2014.

  • Vice-Chair (North America and Caribbean) of the Commission for Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and lead of the thematic group on Ecosystem Governance.
  • Member of the Science and Stewardship committee of the Niagara Land Trust. March 2012—
  • Associate Editor, Botany; Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Biosafety.
  • As the topic of women has also been a point of focus in her international research, she is involved in some women organizations. She is currently the President of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) and the President-Elect of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).

Liette Vasseur’s research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation and resilience and sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

In Canada, it includes impacts of extreme events on ecosystems and coastal communities, use of alternative technologies in sustainable agriculture, and ecosystem/landscape sustainable development and resilience in Niagara rural communities.

  • Expert Reviewer. First draft of Chapter 2: Americas Assessment for Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). June-July 2016.
  • Mid-Sized City Academic Collaborative with Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto. August 2016—
  • Vice-Chair (North America and Caribbean) of the Commission for Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and lead of the thematic group on Ecosystem Governance
  • Member of the Science and Stewardship committee of the Niagara Land Trust. March 2012—
  • Associate Editor, Botany; Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Biosafety
  • As the topic of women has also been a point of focus in her international research, she is involved in some women organizations. She is currently the President of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) and the President-Elect of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).

Vasseur has produced more than 100 publications and more than 200 presentations as a researcher. Read more here.

  • Nominated for the Michael Plyley Graduate Mentorship Award, Brock University, April 2017.
  • UNESCO Chair – Community sustainability: from local to global. April, 2014.
  • Minjian Scholar, Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. January 1st, 2011 (tenure 3 years), Renewed March 2014 (for 3 years).
  • Volunteer Recognition – Southern Gulf of St-Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability. June 15, 2012, Shippagan, NB.
  • Recipient of the Latornell Pioneers Award, Ontario Conservation. November 2011.
  • The Patricia Roberts-Pichette Award (Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network of Environment Canada; “presented to those who have demonstrated enthusiastic leadership and commitment to advancing ecological monitoring and research in Canada). January 2000.

As part of her role of UNESCO Chair in Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, Liette Vasseur has key leadership positions in two global organizations:

International Union for Conservation of Nature

  • Based in Switzerland, the IUCN is considered to be the leading authority on the natural environment, providing scientific research and expertise to governments and civic groups.Vasseur is vice-chair for North America and Caribbean Region of IUCN’s 14-member steering committee of the Commission for Ecosystem Management. She oversees a portfolio of six of the 30 thematic and specialist groups of this Commission.

    Lead of the ecoysystem governance Group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management.

    Within the ecosystem governance group, she is currently collecting case studies of ecosystem governance in different countries to better understand specific environmental protection measures that can help other communities in the world create their management plans.

     

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Telephone: 905 688 5550 x4023
Fax: 905 688 1855
Email:
lvasseur@brocku.ca