Dr. Brian Belcher

Dr. Brian Belcher

Ashoka Research Chair and Professor


Dr. Brian Belcher’s research focuses on understanding and improving the potential of natural resources to sustainably contribute to rural development. His latest research expanded to research effectiveness. Brian served as Director of the Centre for Livelihoods and Ecology at Royal Roads University (RRU) from 2007 until 2013. That same year, he was awarded RRU’s first Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. Brian received appointment to a four-year term as RRU’s Ashoka Research Chair in 2019.

Brian leads the Sustainability Research Effectiveness program that aims to develop theory and methodology for evaluating research in complex transdisciplinary contexts. He teaches in the Doctor of Social Sciences Program and supervises Masters and Doctoral students. Brian also contributes as Senior Associate Scientist with the international CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), where he is a member of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment team. Prior to joining RRU in 2007, Brian worked at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) based in Bogor, Indonesia (1997-2007), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in New Delhi, India (1994-1997), and at Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Ottawa (1989-1992).

Brian is a Canadian national with a BSc in Biology (Ecology) from the University of Winnipeg. He also holds a Masters of Natural Resources of Management from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in Forestry (Economics and Policy) from the University of Minnesota. Brian’s research experience spans a variety of natural resource management systems.

Brian Belcher is a member of the Quality of Research Working Group and works with the Independent Science and Partnership Council of the CGIAR. He is coordinator of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Impact Assessment cross-cutting theme for the FTA Research Program. Brian also sits on the Advisory Board at ETH Zurich for their transdisciplinary PhD fellowship program.