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Bram Noble BA, MSc, PhD Vice-Dean Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work
Department of Geography & Planning

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Bram received his BA Honours in Geography from Memorial University (1997). This was followed by his M.E.S. (Master’s in Environmental Studies, (1999)) at Wilfrid Laurier University and his PhD, specializing in environmental assessment, from Memorial University (2002). He joined the Department of Geography & Planning in 2002 as an Assistant Professor, was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and to Professor in 2011.


  • PhD, Memorial University (2002)
  • Master's, Wilfrid Laurier University (1999)
  • BA Honours, Memorial University (1997)

Work Experience

Bram served as Acting Department Head in Geography & Planning on two separate occasions in 2013/14 and 2018/19. In addition, Bram was appointed SSHRC Leader and Advisor to the Vice-President Research from 2013 to 2018. He is an Affiliate of the Global Institute for Water Security. Bram has served in multiple capacities external to the University, including with the National Energy Board, Auditor General of Canada and the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 2018, he was appointed to a Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel and he is currently Editor In-Chief for Environmental Management.

Research Interests

Bram’s research is focused on environmental planning and impact assessment. His research program has been Tri-Agency funded since 2003, complemented by government, industry and community support. Bram is principal investigator and co-director for a SSHRC Partnership initiative, working with northern and Indigenous communities and industry partners across Canada, Alaska, Sweden and Norway to develop sustainable and value-added community energy solutions in the North. He is also co-investigator for an NSERC CREATE program in water security. Thirty-two students have completed their graduate degrees under his supervision, and he is currently supervising 8 Master’s and 3 Doctoral students.

Position Profile

Vice-Dean Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work