Michael Drescher

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

My background is in ecology and resource conservation. I am now Associate Professor, teaching Environmental Planning in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. My research and teaching revolves around planning, management and conservation of the environment and natural resources in rural, peri-urban and urban settings. I also teach policy analysis and program evaluation.

Before joining the University of Waterloo, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph. I also worked for a number of years as scientist for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

I am an inter-disciplinary scholar and pragmatic with regard to methodological approaches. Environmental problems are very complex and require input from many different disciplines to be solved. This is also reflected in my work and that of my students.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, University of Waterloo