Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Michael Mehta

Michael Mehta

Michael Mehta

Name: Dr. Michael Mehta
Position: Professor
Phone: (250) 852-7275


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Dr. Mehta is a Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies who specializes in science, technology and society with a focus on environmental and health risk issues.

His recent work focuses on community resistance, resiliency and social innovation with a particular emphasis on citizen science. He was co-founder and coordinator of Help the Kelp Project and was co-founder and Director of community-based electrical non-profit society GabEnergy on Gabriola Island, British Columbia. In 2015 he formed the Salish Sea Marine Ecosystem Society, the Gabriola Island Clean Air Society, and Western Canada Renewable Energy Association. He is a founding Director of an international organization called Doctors and Scientists Against Woodsmoke Pollution.

He is President and CEO of the Sweet Spot Solar Company. He also leads the Solar Compass project: Canada's first solar road.

Research Interests

Research Interests:risk; renewable energy; emerging technologies; marine ecosystems; air quality


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University (1995-2000)

Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology, York University (1991-1995)

Master of Environmental Studies (M.E.S.), York University (1989-1991)

B.A. (Honours) in Psychology, York University (1985-1989)

Honours, Medals and Awards:

(with Ashok Mathur, Ron McGivern, Murray Young, Geoff Bowe, and Dale Parkes), Honourable Mention, Second Place in an International Tiny House Design Competition: 10 Square for The Beetle House. The Beetle House is a 107 square foot, fully functional house, made from wood recovered from pine beetle damaged timber.

(with the Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services), National Award in Governance (First Place), Conference Board of Canada, 2009

Health Canada Distinguished Lecturer for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Science, Technology and Society and the Advancement of Science, 2007

The Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, 2006

Agricultural Genomics Award, Genome Canada, 2003

Award for Scholarly Research and Creative Work, Queen's University, 2000

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1991-1992

Member of the Dean's Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts, York University, 1988-1989, 1987-1988, 1986-1987



Geoffrey Hunt and Michael D. Mehta (eds.). (2006) Nanotechnology: Risk, Ethics and Law. London, UK: Earthscan.

Michael D. Mehta, (ed.). Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society and Social Cohesion. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.

Michael D. Mehta. Risky Business: Nuclear Power and Public Protest in Canada. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2005.

Michael D. Mehta, (ed.), 1996. Regulatory Efficiency and the Role of Risk Assessment. Kingston, Ontario: School of Policy Studies, Queen's University.

Michael D. Mehta, and E. Ouellet (eds.), 1995. Environmental Sociology: Theory and Practice. Toronto: Captus Press.


60 Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters; 8 Technical Reports; 4 Book Reviews; 200 Invited Lectures and Conferences Presentations; $65 Million In Research Grant Funding; Organizer of 11 Conferences; 205+ Media Interviews

Employment History

Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Thompson Rivers University, February 15 2014 to present

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Thompson Rivers University, July 1 2010 to February 14 2014

Professor, Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, University of Winnipeg, October 15 2008 to June 30 2010

Principal, Richardson College for the Environment, University of Winnipeg, October 15 2008 to July 11 2009

Visiting Professor, November 2008, Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Executive Director, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, November 1 2007 to October 14 2008

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, July 1 2007 to October 14 2008

Associate Director, Population Research Laboratory, University of Alberta, July 1 2007 to October 31 2007

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2005 to June 30 2007

Chair, Sociology of Biotechnology Program, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2000 to June 30 2007

Director, Social Research Unit, University of Saskatchewan July 1 2003 to June 30 2005

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Saskatchewan, July 1 2000 to June 30 2005

Assistant Professor, School of Policy Studies and the School of Environmental Studies, Queen's University, July 1 1999 to June 30 2000

Lecturer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, September 1 1994 to June 30 1995

Courses Taught

Fall 2017 Term:
Geography 3100 "Environment, Resources, and Sustainability": T/TH 2:30-3:45PM in OM2741

Geography 3990 "Renewable Energy": M/W 4:00-5:15PM in HOL204

Winter 2018 Term:
On Sabbatical Leave

Fall 2016 Term:

Sociology 2620 "Sociology of the Environment": M 5:30-8:20PM in OM2651

Sociology 3620_02 "Sociology of Risk": W 5:30-8:20PM in AE164

Winter 2017 Term:

Geography 1100 "Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability": Th 8:30-11:20AM in AE208

Geography 3100 "Environment, Resources and Sustainability": W 2:30-5:20PM in OM2612

Geography 4990 "Sustainable Energy": T and Th 1:00-2:15PM in AE208

Fall 2015 Term:

Geography 1100 "Introduction to Environmental Studies: Human Interactions with the Natural Environment": M/W 2:30-3:45PM in OM2751

Geography 3990 "Special Topics: Environmental Risk in a Turbulent World": M/W 4:00-5:15PM in AE208

Geography 4230 "Attitudes Toward the Environment": T/Th 8:30-9:45AM in AE151

Winter 2016 Term:

Sociology 2270 "Control, Alt, Delete: A Reboot of Food and Society": W 5:30-8:20PM in AE266

Geography 3100 "Environment and Resources": T 2:30-5:20PM in OM2211

Fall 2014 Term:

Sociology 2620 "Sociology Of The Environment": T 2:30-5:20PM in OM2742

Sociology 3620 "Sociology Of Risk": Th 6:30-9:20PM in AE108

Winter 2015 Term:

Geography 3100 "Environment And Resources": T 2:30-5:20PM in OM2742

Geography 3990 "Special Topics: Renewable Energy, Sustainability, And Community Capacity-Building": Th 6:30-9:20PM in AE108

Professional Affiliations

Member, British Columbia Deans of Arts and Sciences, July 2010 to February 2014

Member, Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD), July 2010 to February 2014

Member, International Advisory Committee, The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies, St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, London, UK, October 2008 to present

Member, Research Management Committee, Prionet Canada, October 2008 to July 2010

Associate Theme Leader, Prion Prevention and Preparedness, Prionet Canada, February 2009 to July 2010

Member of the Science Policy and Outcomes Consortium at Arizona State University, January 2005 to present

Member of the Institute for Risk Research, Canada, July 1999 to present

Founder and Board Member, Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC), 1994-1999

Member, Steering Committee, BC Sustainable Energy Association Kamloops Chapter, October 2014 to present

Member, Board of Directors, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, September 2010 to February 2013

Member, Board of Trustees, Western Canada Theatre, September 2010 to February 2013

Member, City of Winnipeg, Mayor's Environmental Advisory Committee, March 2009 to March 2010

Member, Board of Directors, Canadian Blood Services, October 2005 to October 2009

Co-Chair, National Liaison Committee, Canadian Blood Services, May 2008 to December 2008

Co-Chair (acting), National Liaison Committee, Canadian Blood Services, April 2006 to April 2008

Member, Finance and Audit Committee, Canadian Blood Services, November 2008 to October 2009

Member, Safety, Science and Ethics Committee, Canadian Blood Services, October 2005 to November 2008

Member, Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Canadian Blood Services, June 2006 to October 2009

Member, Board of Directors, Wireless Information Resource Centre, July 2003 to June 2006

Member, Board of Directors, EM-Com, July 2000 to June 2006

Member, Board of Directors, SaskPower, March 2004 to January 2008

Chair, Governance Committee, SaskPower, April 2007 to January 2008

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee, SaskPower, April 2005 to June 2006

Member, Environment, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, SaskPower, March 2004 to January 2008

Member, Governance Committee, SaskPower, March 2004 to April 2005

Member, Board of Directors, SaskPower International, March 2004 to January 2008

Member, Board of Directors, NorthPoint Energy Solutions, March 2004 to January 2008