Dr. Murray Rutherford

Dr. Murray Rutherford is an Associate Professor of environmental policy and planning in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. He is a policy scientist whose research focuses on the human dimensions of environmental policy and planning, and particularly on the values, perspectives, and institutions that shape and govern human relationships with the environment. He uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine conservation problems and evaluate policy-making processes and outcomes. Murray recently co-authored a major report on water policy and in-stream flow in British Columbia. He has conducted and supervised research on a variety of other water planning and management questions, including: International water institutions in a changing climate; Community forestry and source water protection; stakeholder perceptions of greywater reuse; attitudes and perspectives toward water and water management in the Town of Gibsons, British Columbia; Canada’s bulk water export policy; and watershed management in King Country, Washington. He served on the Steering Committee and acted as a discussant for the conference “Water and Cities: Acting on the Vision,” Centre for Coastal Studies and Continuing Studies in Science, Simon Fraser University.
Murray holds the following degrees: Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Environmental Policy from Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies); M.R.M. in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University; LL.B. (equivalent to J.D.) in law from the University of British Columbia; and B.Sc. in Geology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to undertaking his graduate studies in environmental policy, Murray was a partner with a major law firm in Vancouver, B.C. He has served on the Executive Council of the Society of Policy Scientists and is a book review editor for the journal Policy Sciences. He is also on the editorial board for the journal Operant Subjectivity. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia (currently non-practicing), the Planning Institute of British Columbia, and the Canadian Institute of Planners. View Dr. Rutherford’s profile at the School of Resource and Environmental Management.