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Lars K. Hallstrom, BA (University of Calgary, MA (Purdue University), PhD (Purdue University)

Professor & Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences | Augustana Campus

Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology | Social Sciences

About Me

Job/Research Area

I am a political scientist by training, with a long-standing combination of teaching and research interests in environmental policy, environmental health, public health (and the social determinants of health specifically) and natural resource management. Following 8 years at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia (where I was Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance, as well as the first Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health) I came to the University of Alberta to serve as the first Director of the ACSRC. Since that time, we have conducted over 40 projects related to rural sustainability in Alberta and Canada (based largely in 3 priority areas: environmental sustainability (water), social sustainability (aging and youth), and institutional sustainability (rural/municipal planning, policy and governance). We have also partnered with researchers, research networks and rural development organizations (such as the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation) around the world, and contribute to projects funded by SSHRC, CIHR and other funding agencies.


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

  • Comparative Public and Environmental Policy
  • Health and Public Health Policy
  • Environmental, health and social equity
  • Integration of environmental, social and health policy
  • Knowledge transfer and Evidence-informed policy
  • Rural policy, planning and evaluation
  • The role of science and citizen engagement in public policy
  • Dr Hallstrom is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE

Select Grants

  • “The ECHO Network (Environment, Community, Health Observatory): Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development” w/ M. Parkes (NPI) et al. CIHR (Primary Applicant) $2,000,000
  • “The ECHO Network w/M. Parkes et al. CIHR LOI $50,000
  • “Navigation Partnerships: Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing and Engaging (N-CARE) Older Persons, Families and Communities” w/Duggleby, W. (PI), Pesut, B., Warner, G., Fassbender, K., Nekolaichuk, C., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Ghosh, S, MacLeod, R, Murphy, S., Klein, L, Antymnuik, C., Clark, G., Peterson-Fraser, M., Woytkiw, T. & Laing, R.. $170, 997. Covenant Health Seniors Health and Wellness Innovation Fund. Dec 1, 2015 – Nov 30, 2017.
  • “Tracking change – the Role of Local and Traditional Knowledge in Watershed Governance” SSHRC Partnership Grant w/ B. Parlee (PI) et al. (co-applicant) $2,500,000) (July 2015 – June 2022).
  • “Rural Policy Learning Commons: Building Rural Policy through International Comparative Analysis” SSHRC PG (w/ W. Reimer and W. Ashton (PI) et al. (co-applicant) ($2,500,000). April 2014 – March 2021
  • “Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and Traditional Communities” with M. Steward-Harawira et al. University of Alberta KIAS Cluster Grant ($100,000)
  • “Boom and Bust in AB and BC” with K. van Assche et al. University of Alberta Killam Cornerstone Grant (co-applicant) ($50,000) Fall 2014
  • “Boom and Bust in AB and BC” with K van Assche et al. University of Alberta KIAS Team Grant (co-applicant) ($7500) Summer 2014
  •  “Children and Youth Engagement with Nature and their Health: A scoping review of interventions” CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant w/ P. Hansen-Ketchum et al. (Collaborator – Fall 2013 - $49,995)
  • Alberta Parks Social Science Working Group. (Awarded Spring 2014 - $34,000)
  • “Generation of priority research questions to inform Park management and conservation policy” (July 2012) ($31,500)
  • “Alberta Water Toolkit” (PI) w/ Sustainability Resources. ARDN ($10,000) June 2012.
  • “Community-based factors influencing the development and content of Integrated Community Sustainability Plans in rural Alberta and Canada” ARDN Project Grant w/ Glen Hvenegaard. March 1, 2012. (co-applicant) ($10,000)
  • “Social Economy, Community Resilience and the Transition to Sustainability” SSHRC Partnership Development Grant w. S. Wulff et al. June 2012. (Co-applicant) ($200,000)
  •  “Integrating water and public policy: Perspectives from research and the field” SSHRC Environmental Outreach Grant (PI) w/ M. Parkes. April 2012 ($28,091)