Bio (Laura Loucks)

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Laura Loucks

Laura Loucks


Associate Faculty


Environment and Sustainability


Laura Loucks is an action researcher and practitioner engaged in her local community of Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Her interdisciplinary research interests include community resilience, fisheries co-management, community-based monitoring, social-ecological systems analysis, and collaborative planning. Loucks is a member of the Community Conservation Research Network, a group of world-class researchers and community organizations located in 11 study sites around the world, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada and hosted at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Loucks' research on Community Resilience in Clayoquot Sound, will explore the interrelationship between place, local livelihoods and conservation. She is on the board of directors for the award-winning Raincoast Education Society and a member of the UNESCO Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Research & Education Committee.

Work experience

Prior to joining Royal Roads, Loucks was manager of the Clayoquot Marine Program at Ecotrust Canada and director of socio-economic research for the West Coast Aquatic Marine Coastal Plan. Her interdisciplinary research, Marine Protected Areas in the North Sea, applied an institutional economic and social-ecological systems approach and was well received by the Dutch government. A former assistant professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Loucks co-authored one of the first textbooks on integrated institutional economics with Dr. Louis Slangen and Dr. Arjen Slangen entitled, Institutional Economics and Economic Organisation Theory: An Integrated Approach, Wageningen Academic Publishers. Loucks' research was published in the highly cited journal Marine Policy.


Loucks has a PhD in resource and environmental management from Simon Fraser University. She completed her postdoctoral work in the faculty of Rural Policy and Agricultural Economics at Wageningen University in 2009. She holds a master of arts in Atlantic Canada studies from Saint Mary's University and a bachelor of design in environmental planning from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.