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Robert (Bob) Patrick PhD (Univ. of Guelph)

Professor and Chair, Regional and Urban Planning Program

Faculty Member in Geography & Planning
Graduate Supervisor in Geography & Planning

Kirk Hall 116

Research Area(s)

  • Source Water Protection Planning
  • Watershed Planning
  • First Nations and Access to Safe Drinking Water
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Urban Water Issues
  • Regional Planning
  • Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change


Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • Schultz, J., Baijius, W. and R. Patrick. "Water for Life in Alberta, Canada: Assessing First Nations Engagement". Canadian Planning and Policy Journal 2023 (2023)
  • Patrick, R. Sustainable Cities and Regions, eBook. USA: Kendall Hunt, 2020.
  • . "Indigenous Perspectives on Water Security in Saskatchewan, Canada". WATER 12, 810 (2019)
  • . "Planning around reserves: Probing the inclusion of First Nations in Saskatchewan's watershed planning framework.". The International Indigenous Policy Journal 10, 5 (2019)
  • . ""We Don't Drink the Water Here"". Water Accepted
  • Patrick, R. "Building Water Security through Drinking Water Protection Planning with First Nations in Canada." In Global Water Security Issues - Case Studies: Water Security and the Sustainable Development Goals., edited by UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (i-WSSM). Republic of Korea: UNESCO, 2019.
  • Patrick, R. Protecting Sources of Drinking Water. USA: Kendall Hunt, 2019.
  • Patrick, R. "Reclaiming Indigenous Planning as a Pathway to Local Water Security". Water (2019)
  • Patrick, R.. "Adapting to Climate Change Through Source Water Protection: Case Studies from Alberta and Saskatchewan". The International Indigenous Policy Journal (2018)
  • Patrick, R. "A Watershed for Collaboration". Plan Canada Accepted
  • Kleinschmidt, C., Patrick, RJ and M Mayer. "“It’s not just the food we produce, it’s the community we are building”". Prairie Perspectives 19 (2018)
  • Patrick, R.. "Social and cultural impacts of the 2013 Bow River flood at Siksika Nation, Alberta, Canada.". Indigenous Policy Journal 28, 3 (2017)
  • Patrick, Robert J., Laura Machial, Kendra Quinney, Len Quinney. "Lessons Learned Through Community-Engaged Planning". The International Indigenous Policy Journal 8, 2 (2017)
  • Chilima, Jania S., Jill A.E. Blakely, Bram F. Noble & Robert J. Patrick. "Institutional arrangements for assessing and managing cumulative effects on watersheds:Lessons from the Grand River watershed, Ontario, Canada.". Canadian Water Resources Journal 42, 3 (2017)
  • Al Ibrahim, A, Patrick, R.J. "Source Water Protection Planning and Management in Metropolitan Canada: A Preliminary Assessment". Water 9, 7 (2017)
  • Patrick, R. "Indigenizing Source Water Protection" In Indigenous Peoples and Resource Development in Canada, edited by Robert Bone and Robert Anderson. Toronto: Captus Press, 2016.
  • Patrick, R., L. Bharadwaj. "Mining and campesino engagement: an opportunity for integrated water resources management in Ancash, Peru". Water International 41, 3 (2016): 468-482.
  • Young, K., R. Patrick. "A Planning Framework for Community-Based Lakeshore Management Planning: A Case Study". Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute. Planning Journal (2015)
  • Wang H., R. Patrick. "Implementing source water protection plans in Saskatchewan: Local watershed perceptions". Prairie Perspectives 17 (2015): 1-10.
  • Morgan, B., R. Patrick and M-A Bowden. "Water Governance in the Saskatchewan River Basin: A Preliminary Study". Journal of Rural and Community Development 9, 4 (2015)
  • Kevinson J., Patrick, R. and L. Bharadwaj. "A framework for assessing effective urban water management: lessons from the Canadian prairie.". Water International (2014)
  • Patrick, R.. "Indigenous Planning and Source Water Protection" In Models of Indigenous Development, edited by Ian Skelton and Octavio Ixtacuy Lopez. Champaign, IL. USA: Common Ground Publishing, 2014.
  • Patrick R. , D. Espeseth. "A Planning Tool for the Protection of Drinking Water Sources in Canada". Plan Canada 54, 1 (2014)
  • Patrick, R. "Source Water Protection Planning: A role for planners". Alberta Professional PLanners Institute Journal 13 (2014)
  • Lemoine, Nadine, Robert J. Patrick. "Water Governance in Northern Saskatchewan: Opportunities and Challenges". Canadian Journal of Urban Research 23, 1 (2014)
  • Rawlyk F., R. Patrick. "Capacity Needs for source water protection plan implementation". Canadian Journal of Urban Research 22, 1 (2013)
  • Kristensen, S., Noble, B.F. and R. J. Patrick. "Capacity for Watershed Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management: Lessons from the Lower Fraser River Basin, Canada". Environmental Management (2013)
  • Rizvi, Z., Adamowski J. and R. Patrick. "First Nation capacity in Quebec to practice integrated water resource management". International Journal of Water 7, 3 (2013)
  • Chilma, J.S.,, Gunn, J., Noble, B.F., Patrick, R.J. "Institutional considerations in watershed cumulative effects assessment and management". Impact Assessment and project Appraisal 31, 1 (2013)
  • Sheelanere, P., Noble, B.F. and R.J. Patrick. "Institutional requirements for watershed cumulative effects assessment and managagement: Lessons from a Canadian transboundary watershed". Land Use Policy 30 (2013)
  • Noble, B., Skwaruk, J. and R. Patrick. "Toward cumulative effects assessment and management in the Athabasca watershed, Alberta, Canada.". The Canadian Geographer (2013)
  • Patrick, R. "Indigenous Source Water Protection: Lesssons for Watershed Planning in Canada" In Walking Backwards into the Future, edited by Ryan Walker, David Natcher, Ted Jojola and Tanira Kingi. Toronto, Canada: McGill Queens University Press, 2013.

Teaching & Supervision

Planning Regional Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions Watershed Planning


Warrick Baijius, Ph.D. 2022

Alan Akobundu, MA 2021

Obadiah Awume, MA  2019

Juliane Schultz, MA 2019

Rosalena Smith, MNGD 2018

Carley Coccola, MSEM 2018

Veronica Mauel, MSEM 2018

John Desjarlais, MNGD 2018

Autumn Carlson, MNDG 2017

Michael Dawe, MSEM, 2016

Bronwyn Cowan, MNDG 2016

Janet Daigneault, MNGD 2016

Kellie Grant, MA 2016

Azhar Al Ibrahim, MA. 2015

Warrick Baijius, MA. 2015

Francis Goulet, MNGD 2015

Kelly Richardson, M.SEM. 2015

Kyle Young, M. SEM. 2014

Kurtis Trefry, M.SEM. 2013

Hanyang Wang, MA. 2013

Firas Younes, M. SEM. 2012

Nadine Lemoine, MA. 2012

Jostein Misfeld, M.SEM. 2012

Franny Rawlyk, MA. 2012

Dee Johns, MNGD. 2012

Brittany Morgan, M.SEM. 2011

Jesse Skwaruk, MA. 2011

Emily Heffring, M.SEM. 2010

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2023 - GEOGRAPHY 240
  • 2023 - PLANNING 442


Watershed Planning aboriginal indigenous land use urban water

My research interests include land use and watershed planning, specifically source water protection, to reduce risk of contamination to public drinking water supplies. I work with communities in Canada, especially First Nations, to develop community-based watershed plans and source water protection plans.

Awards & Honours

  • Distinguished Teacher Award, awarded by College of Arts and Science June 2023
  • Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan May 2014
  • U of S Students' Union, awarded by USSU (Nominated) May 2012
  • U of S Students' Union, awarded by USSU (Nominated) November 2009