SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Dr Marie Claire Brisbois

Post:Lecturer in Energy Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)

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UK:01273 876801
International:+44 1273 876801

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Marie Claire Brisbois is a Lecturer in Energy Policy at SPRU and Co-Director of the Sussex Energy Group. Her work examines questions of structural power, politics and influence in energy, water and natural resource governance contexts. Previously, Marie Claire was a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Marie Claire currently runs the Powershifts project, examining the potential of distributed renewable energy models to disrupt established political patterns. This project was initiated through the European Commission Horizon 2020 program. Her other research interests include participatory and collaborative environmental governance, the science-policy interface, and science communications through both citizen science and open data.

In the past, Marie Claire has held a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship examining the optimization of scientific knowledge within environmental assessments at Natural Resources Canada. She also holds a position as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.

In addition to her work in governance, Marie Claire has a Master’s degree in Biological Engineering from Dalhousie University that focused on stream ecosystem health. She has consulted on technical and policy-level water and climate issues in Latin America and Canada. She also has extensive experience in teaching, community building and facilitation through work with Waterlution, the Sierra Club of Canada, and the University of Waterloo.


Lecturer in Energy Policy, SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit)