Dr. Glyn Bissix

Professor & ESST Coordinator
Please note: Glyn is not accepting new Master’s degree students under his supervision.
Pronouns: He/him
Phone: (902) 585-1123
Office: CD House, 24 Highland Ave., 2nd Floor
  • Ph.D. London School of Economics and Political Science (Natural Resources and Environmental Management)
  • M.Sc. University of Oregon (Exercise Physiology and Biology)
  • B.Sc. University of Oregon (Health and Physical Education)
  • Cart. Ed. Exeter University, UK.
  • Dip.PE. (Adv). St. Lukes College, Exeter, UK.
2023-2024 Courses
  • Environment & Sustainable Society (Fall 2023)
  • Investigating Sustainability: Research Methods (Fall 2023)
  • Strategic Planning Community Development (Winter 2024)
Scholarly Interests and Expertise

I am interested in assisting small scale communities in Canada transform to a net zero carbon regime so every community can play its part in addressing the “Red Alert” of Climate Change.

My work focuses on:

  • Healthy Active Living, Community Design & Government Policy
  • Human Dimensions of Ecosystem Management
  • Community Sustainability
  • Visitor Services and Natural Parks Management
Did You Know?
  • I am an avid cyclist and currently promote the development of an active transportation pathway from Wolfville to Kentville and beyond.
  • I’ve led a field course for students in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland in 2010, 2014, and 2017 (2020 was cancelled because of Covid) as a part of the 4th year Core Term.
  • Brought up in Bristol, England across the road from the abandoned Speedwell Coal Mine which served as an adventure playground and nurtured my love of the outdoors. Studied and worked in Eugene, Oregon where I promoted cycling and served on the Eugene Mountain Rescue and River Rescue Teams. Volunteered for several years with Nova Scotia’s Valley Search and Rescue Team.
  • I’m currently collaborating with the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Opperationnalisation du Developppement Durable (CORIDD), an ENGO centred in Montreal that is exploring, with the universities of Concordia, Quebec Chicoutimi, Laval and Waterloo, strategies to transform societies to net zero carbon. Its latest higher education endeavour, Societal Transformation Summer School (August 2021) is featured by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Network.
Highlights of Scholarly and Professional Work
  • I am the co-author of Integrated Resource & Environmental Management: The Human Dimension (CABI, 2004), which explores the history, challenges, and values of natural resource management in philosophy and practice.
  • My latest research publication is: Bissix, Glyn (July 2021). Back to the Future: Re-conceptualizing the Small Tree Act (STA) for Future Forest Prosperity in Nova Scotia” in the Journal of Rural and Community Development.
  • A publication of note co-authored with the former director of the London School of Economics and cited by both the USA and New Zealand governments in forestry policy development is: Bissix, Glyn and Judith A. Rees. Can Strategic Ecosystem Management Succeed in Multi-agency Environments? Ecological Applications: A Journal of the Ecological Society of America. 11(2) 2001, pp. 570-583.

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