Climate Solutions: Michael Small

Michael Small's work as Fellow at the Centre focuses on climate change and energy transition, with particular attention to the long-term goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

In 2021, his priorities will be:

  • Working with colleagues in the Centre to research successful examples of citizen engagement and public deliberation around climate action from jurisdictions across North America, Europe and beyond
  • Tracking preparations for COP26 in Glasgow and planning for the potential participation of SFU staff and students as observers at that COP, in his capacity as the designated contact point for the university with the UNFCCC. 


More recently, dialogue has been the core methodology for his teaching work as one of the co-instructors in the summer 2018 Semester in Dialogue on Energy Futures and as the lead instructor in the fall 2019 Semester in Dialogue on Climate Futures. Michael Small has also been an adjunct faculty member at UBC's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, teaching a Master's level seminar on global governance in the winter term in 2019, 2020 and in the current winter term in 2021.

Engaging the Public on Climate Solutions

In 2020, Michael was part of the Centre's team that provided advice to Environment and Climate Change Canada on strategies for public engagement around the long-target of net zero emissions by 2050. 

Michael has hosted public dialogues at the Centre with visiting senior policy-makers from Global Affairs Canada and continues to serve as an informal liaison between the Centre and that Department. 

Michael has used dialogue in his past work in in hosting public events on climate change under the Centre's series of Carbon Talks and as the lead organizer of the Renewable Cities Global Learning Forums in 2015 and 2017.