Terre Satterfield

Director, IRES
Professor, IRES


An anthropologist by training and an interdisciplinarian by design, Terre’s work concerns sustainable development in the context of debates about cultural meanings, environmental values, perceived risk, environmental and ecosystem health. Difficult environmental policy dilemmas and the qualitative and quantitative methods that might resolve these are of particular interest. Locally, her work pertains to First Nations interest in land management, oil and gas development, and regulatory contexts. Globally, her research incorporates biodiversity management and politics, and the perceived risk of new technologies (biotechnology, fracking and nanotechnology). Terre is also a board member or research scientist for several international initiatives that seek to better integrate social science research into policy analysis normally led by the natural and engineering scientists.

Website: http://ires.ubc.ca/person/terre-satterfield/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=1nrd2msAAAAJ&hl=en


Environmental Meanings and Ecosystem Services: The Social Risks of Ecological Change

SSHRC Insight Grant

Re-aserting ‘Namgis Food Sovereignty in an Era of Climate Change
Collaborative Research and Capacity Building in New Approaches to Resource Development on Indigenous Lands

SSHRC International Fund

Conservation Planning and Conservation Policy using Event Ethnography


Quantifying Nature’s Bounty


Coastal Ecosystem Services



RMES 510 Social-Ecological Systems
RMES 502 Interdisciplinary Case Analysis and Research Design
RMES 530 Science, Policy and Values in Risk and Resource Management Contexts

Recent Publications

Bennett, NJ; Govan, H; Satterfield, T (2015) Ocean Grabbing. Marine Policy, 57: 61-68.

Gregory, R; Satterfield, T; Hassel, A (2015) Using Decision Pathway surveys to inform climate engineering policy choices. Proceedings of that National Academy of Sciences, Vol 113(3): 560-565.

Levine, J; Chan, KMA; Satterfield, T (2015) From rational actor to efficient complexity manager: Exorcising the ghost of Homo economicus with a unified synthesis of cognition research. Ecological Economics, Volume 114, June 2015, 22-32.

Gould, RK; Klain, SC; Ardoin, NM; Satterfield, T; Woodside, U; Hannahs, N; Daily, GC; Chan, KM (2015) A Protocol for Eliciting Nonmaterial Values Through a Cultural Ecosystem Services Frame. Conservation Biology, April 2015, Volume 29, Issue 2, 575-586.

Klain, SC; Satterfield, T; Chan, KMA (2014) What matters and why? Ecosystem services and their bundled qualities. Ecological Economics, Volume 107, November 2014, 310-320.

Beaudrie, CEH; Satterfield, T; Kandlikar, M; Harthorn, BH (2014) Scientists versus Regulators: Precaution, Novelty & Regulatory Oversight as Predictors of Perceived Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials. PLOS One, September 2014, Volume 9, Issue 9.

Gould, RK; Ardoin, NM; Woodside, U; Satterfield, T; Hannahs, N; Daily, GC (2014) The forest has a story: cultural ecosystem services in Kona, Hawai’i. Ecology and Society, 19(3): 55.

Hagerman, S and Satterfield, T (2014) Agreed but not preferred: Expert views on taboo options for biodiversity conservation given climate changeEcological Applications, 24(3): 548-559.

Witter, R and Satterfield, T (2014) Invisible Losses and the Logics of Resettlement Compensation. Conservation Biology, 0: 1-9.

Beaudrie, C; Satterfield, T ; Kandlikar, M; Harthorn, B (2013) Expert Views on Regulatory Preparedness for Managing the Risks of Nanotechnologies. PLOS One.

Ban, N; Mills, M; Tam, J; Hicks, C; Klain, S; Stoeckl, N; Bottrill, M; Levine, J; Pressey, R; Satterfield, T ; Chan, K (2013) A social-ecological approach to conservation planning: embedding social considerations. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, Volume 11, Issue 4.

Beaudrie, C; Kandlikar, M; Satterfield, T (2013) From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: Gaps in U.S. Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life Cycle. Environmental Science and Technology.

Hagerman, S and Satterfield, T (2013) Entangled Judgments: Expert preferences for adapting biodiversity conservation to climate change. Journal of Environmental Management, 129(2013): 555-563.

Satterfield, T; Gregory, R; Klain, S; Roberts, M and Chan, K (2013)  Culture, Intangibles and Metrics in Environmental Management. Journal of Environmental Management, 117: 103-114.

Satz, D; Gould, D; Chan, K; Guerry, A; Norton, B; Satterfield, T ; Halpern, B; Levine, J; Woodside, U; Hannahs, N; Basurto, X, Klain, S (2013) The Challenge of Incorporating Cultural Ecosystem Services into Environmental Assessment. Ambio, 42(6): 675-684.

Chan, K; Satterfield, T ; Goldstein, J (2012) Rethinking Ecosystem Services to Better Address and Navigate Cultural Values. Ecological Economics, 74: 8-18.

Chan, K; Guerry, A; Klain, S; Balvenera, P; Satterfield, T ; Basurto, X; Bostrom, A (2012) Where are ‘Cultural’ and ‘Social’ in Ecosystem Services: A Framework for Constructive EngagementBioscience, 62(8): 744-756.

Engeman, C; Baumgartner, L; Carr, B; Fish, A; Meyerhofer, J; Satterfield, T ; Holden, P; Harthorn, B (2012)Governance Implications of Nanomaterials Companies’ Inconsistent Risk Perceptions and Safety PracticesJournal of Nanoparticle Research, Vol 14, online Feb 2012.

Satterfield, T ; Conti, J; Harthorn, B; et al (2012) Understanding Mobile Perceptions of Nanotechnologies and their Implications for Science and Policy Dialogues about Emerging Technologies. Science and Public Policy.

Current Post Docs

Contact Details

AERL Room 425
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4