Lars K. Hallström, Ph.D.

Dr. Lars K. Hallstrom became the Director of the Prentice Institute on January 1, 2021, and is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Hallstrom’s work focuses on comparative public policy, and particularly on the intersection of politics, science and public policy as they pertain to health, environment and community/local politics. Since obtaining his PhD from Purdue University in 2001, he has been a professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at St. Francis Xavier University (2001 – 2009), was the first Director for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (2006-07) and the Director of the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities at the University of Alberta (2009 – 2020). He has a long history of applied policy research in fields such as environmental policy, public health, social change and inequities, and is particularly interested in how public and political inputs and multi-level politics shape public policy, particularly when faced with significant questions of risk, scale, scope and complexity (such as climate change, genetically-modified foods, identity politics, and technological change). The recipient of over 100 research grants and contracts and the author of over 50 articles and book chapters, Lars was also the lead editor of two books: “Ecosystems, Society and Health: Pathways through Diversity, Convergence and Integration” with McGill-Queens University Press (2015) and “Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada” with the University of Alberta Press (2016), and a co-author (with K. van Aasche et al) of the book “Boom and Bust: A guide to managing ups and downs in communities.” In addition to serving as a lead applicant with a multi-million dollar “Environment, Community and Health Observatories” Team Grant from CIHR, he has also held funding such as the SSHRC IG, Connections and KSG grants, provincial CARES grants, funding from OMAFRA and Alberta OHS, as well as University of Alberta funding from the Sustainability Enhancement Fund and McCalla Professorships. In 2015 his work was recognized with a CAFA Distinguished Academic Award.

Events Calendar

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 12:00
Prentice Institute Panel: Data for Decisions in Public Policy, Sustainability, & Health 20...
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 12:00
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