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Dr. Gail Krantzberg
B.Sc. (McGill),
M.Sc./M.E.S., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Office ETB 510
Extension 22153
Email address

Professor, Civil Engineering

Director, Centre for Engineering and Public Policy,
School of Engineering Practice

Part of the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN)

Water and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

  • Interjurisdictional Ecosystem Management
  • The Interface of Science and Policy Formulation
  • Great Lakes Remediation and Protection

Specific Research Interests and Activities:

Interjurisdictional Ecosystem Management
An interjurisdictional ecosystem approach to management recognizes the interrelated nature of air, land, water and all living beings, with humans as part of not separate from the ecosystem. This calls for creative research and partnerships that look beyond geopolitical boundaries, examine new paradigms of governance and accountability, and develop and implement policies and programs that conform to natural boundaries as the unit of management.

The Interface of Science and Policy Formulation
This research area examines the interface between science and policy, and the dilemma of their integration. The question is how science and technology can be part of a more holistic analysis that incorporates other critical perspectives, and the importance of considering other disciplines within the policy debate.

Great Lakes Remediation and Protection
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, first signed in 1972, renewed in 1978, and revised in 1987 expresses the commitment of Canada and the United States to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem and includes a number of objectives and guidelines to achieve these goals. Science, technology and policy have advanced beyond the Agreement, and mechanisms to improve Great Lakes governance are the focus of this topic of concentration.


  • Lopez A.I and G. Krantzberg.   2014.   Using Mobile Phones for Environmental Protection in Africa: The Equatorial Africa Deposition Network Case Study. Chapter 10  In:   The African Mobile Story  (editors: Skouby K.E. & I. Williams) River Publishers, Denmark
  • Jetoo, S. and G. Krantzberg.  2014.  Donning our thinking hats for the development of the Great Lakes nearshore governance framework. Journal of Great Lakes Research, in press.
  • Krantzberg, G. and J.E. Gannon.  2013.  Innovation, Evolution and Applications of the Ecosystem Approach.  In:  Charles K. Minns , Brian J.
    Shuter & Mohiuddin Munawar (2013): Dr. Henry A. Regier C.M.: A tribute and felicitation by AEHMS, Aquatic cosystem Health & Management, 16:4-5
  • Krantzberg, G.  2013.  Governance reform to secure resilience in the nearshore waters of the Great Lakes basin. In Water Co-Management.  Grover, G. and G. Krantzberg (eds.)  CRC Press
  • deBoer, C. and G. Krantzberg. 2013.  Great Lakes Water Governance: A Transboundary Inter-Regime Analysis.  In:  Jurian Edelenbos, Nanny Bressers and Peter Scholten,(Eds.)  Water Governance as Connective Capacity (Ashgate):  313-332.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2012. Renegotiation of the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: From Confusion to Promise. Sustainability 2012, 4, 1239-1255; doi:10.3390/su4061239
  • Krantzberg, G.   2012.  The Remedial Action Plan Program, Historical and Contemporary Overview.  In Great Lakes Lessons in Participatory Governance.
    2012. V. Grover and G. Krantzberg (eds.).  Scientific Research Publishing. pp 245-256
  • Krantzberg, G.  2012.  First of the List:  The Collingwood Harbour Story. In Great Lakes Lessons in Participatory Governance. 2012. V. Grover and G.
    Krantzberg (eds.).  Scientific Research Publishing. pp 257-267
  • C. McLaughlin, G. Krantzberg 2011. An appraisal of policy implementation deficits in the Great Lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 390–396
  • Sheikheldin, G., G. Krantzberg , and K. Shaefer. 2010. Science-Seeking Behaviour of Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Environmental Management 45: 912-921.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2010. The Whimsy That Is Becoming To Be. Lakeviews January 2010
  • Krantzberg, G. and Bassermann, R. 2010. How Our Energy Future Affects Our Water Future. The Journal of Policy Engagement, Vol. 2, No. 1 Jan. 2010
  • Manno, J. and Krantzberg, G. 2009. Rediscovering and Revitalizing the Great Lakes Governance. Governance for Sustainability: Issues, Challenges, Successes(2009)
  • Krantzberg, G. and Hrymak, A. 2009. How Society Gains from Engineers Educated in Public Policy. The Journal of Policy Engagement, Vol. 1, No. 2, May 2009.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2009. Renegotiating the Great Lakes Water QualityAgreement: the Process for a Sustainable Outcome. Sustainability (2009)
  • Krantzberg, G., J. Manno and C. de Boer. 2007 Great Lakes Governance, Report on an Expert Worskhop of June 2007. A project of the Joyce Foundation.
  • G. Krantzberg and Cheryl de Boer, 2008. A Valuation of Ecological Services in the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin with an Emphasis on Canada American Water Work Association Journal, Volume 100, Number 6.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2008. The Great Lakes, A 35th Year Anniversary: Time to Look Forward, Electronic Green Journal, Issue 26.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2007. The Ongoing Review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. J. Great Lakes Research 33: 699 - 703.
  • Krantzberg, G and K. Montgomery. 2007. Restrictions on Dredging as an Impaired Beneficial Use under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society 10: 117-124.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2007. The Great Lake's Future at a Cross Road. The Environmentalist. In press.
  • Krantzberg, G. January 2007. Report on SCIENCE - POLICY FUTURES WORKSHOP Held May 18, 2006, Dofasco Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, McMaster University In Partnership with The Ivey Foundation and the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation.
  • Krantzberg, G., and C. de Boer. 2007. A Valuation Of Ecological Services in the Laurentian Great Lakes Basin with an emphasis on Canada. JAWWA. (accepted).
  • Krantzberg, G. and C de Boer 2006.   A Valuation of Ecological Services in the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem to Sustain Healthy Communities and a Dynamic Economy. Technical Report: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 98 pages.
  • McLaughlin, C. and G. Krantzberg 2006. Towards A ‘Better Understanding’ Of The Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. J. Great Lakes Research 32:197–199
  • Krantzberg, G. 2006. Sustaining the Gains Made in Ecological Restoration. Environment, Development and Sustainability 8: 413–424
  • Krantzberg, G. M. Bratzel and J. McDonald. 2006. Contribution of the International Joint Commission to Great Lakes Renewal. The Great Lakes Geographer 13, 25 - 37
  • Krantzberg, G. 2004. Science Must Inform Great Lakes Policy. J. Great Lakes Research, Volume 30: 573-574.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2003. Keeping Remedial Action Plans on target: lessons learned from Collingwood Harbour. J. Great Lakes Research (29): 641-651.
  • Krantzberg G. 2002. Restoring Active Participation. J. Great Lakes Research, Volume 28: 491-492.
  • Zarull, M.A., Hartig, J.H. and Krantzberg, G. 2002. Ecological Benefits of Contaminated Sediment Remediation. Rev. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 174: 1-18.
  • Krantzberg, G. 2002. What progress has been made in the RAP program after 10 years of effort? Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design (R.L. France Ed.) Harvard Press.


  1. Urban Regeneration:  the Hamilton Brand.  2014.  Krantzberg, G., B. Humber and V. Grover.  Regeneration Institute for the Great Lakes and Renew Hamilton
  2. Responsible Care: A Case Study.  2013.  Topalovic, P. and G. Krantzberg (eds).  De Gruyter, Germany
  3. Water Co-Management.  2013. Grover, V. and G. Krantzberg (eds.)  CRC Press
  4. Great Lakes Lessons in Participatory Governance. 2012. V. Grover and G. Krantzberg (eds.).  Scientific Research Publishing.
  5. Transboundary Lake Basin Management: Laurentian and African Great Lakes, 2011.  Adeel, Z., Velma I Grover, Gail  Krantzberg, Colin Mayfield, Stu Finn, John Gannon, Jim Houston, Marc Gaden, Chris Goddard, Bob Hecky, Ted Lawrence, Dick Nyeko, Oliva Mkumbo, Tom Okurut,, Henry Mwima, and Laurent Ntahuga.  UNU-INWEH, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 46 pg.
  6. Advances in Water Quality Control. 2010.  Krantzberg, G., A. Tanik, J.S. Antunes do Carmo, A. Indarto, and A. Edka (eds) .  Scientific Research Publishing, USA.  ISBN 978-1-935068-08-2