- Research Associate
- Economics Department
- Office: D552
- Phone: (403) 329-2512
- Fax: (403) 329-2519
- Phone: (403) 329-2512
DegreesB.A. Honours, Economics and Political Science, University of Saskatchewan (1980); Masters of Economics, Queens University (1983); Masters of Agricultural Studies, University of Lethbridge (2005); Ph.D Biosystems and Biodiversity, University of Lethbridge (2013)
ExpertiseWater and city-regionalism, participatory processes in water management, Alberta water issues and policy, water markets
Research AreasWater and city-regionalism, Alberta water policy and policy development, water markets, integrated water resource management, irrigation water management
About MeAfter completing a master's degree in Economics in 1983 (Queen's University), I worked for many years as a senior policy analyst and researcher for a diverse range of federal and provincial government departments including the Economic Council of Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, Saskatchewan Finance and Saskatchewan Public Service Commission. Upon moving to Lethbridge with my husband and three children in 2001, I began studying water management policy and issues and concentrated on irrigation water management for several years. In 2005 I completed a second master's degree, this time in Agricultural Studies, at the University of Lethbridge. After working as a research associate for about five years, in 2009 I commenced my doctoral studies, which focused on water and city-regionalism, studying the dynamics of water within the Calgary Regional Partnership. I completed the degree in 2013 and am now collaborating on a research project which explores the barriers to improving Alberta water markets and the economic consequences of water supply constraints. I also provide consulting services to the provincial government and other organizations and work as a volunteer on watershed planning and advisory councils.
BiographySelect Publications and Presentations:
Kulshreshtha, S., Paterson, B., Hart, D., and Nicol, L. (2016). Irrigation's Impact on Economic Growth in Alberta, Canada. Irrigation & Drainage Systems Engineering, 5(1), 1-6.
Nicol, L., and Nicol, C. (2015). Bifurcation of a Rural-Urban Partnership: A Study of Hidden Dynamics. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 10(4), 107-124.
Paterson Earth & Water Consulting (2015). Economic Value of Irrigation in Alberta. Prepared for the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association by Brent Paterson, Suren Kulshreshtha, Dick Hart & Lorraine Nicol. Author: Lethbridge, Alberta.
Nicol, L. (2015). Water Co-operatives - Are they Up to the Challenge? Proceedings from the 2015 Canadian Water Resources Association National Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June.
Nicol, L. (2014). Barriers to Improving Alberta's Water Market: A Question of Governance and the Role of Government. Proceedings from the 2014 Canada Water Resources Congress, Hamilton, Ontario, June.
Nicol, L (2014). The Calgary Regional Partnership: Building a Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Curb Magazine 5(2), 14-15, City-Region Studies Centre, University of Alberta.
Nicol, L. (2013). Integrated Water Resources Management within City-Regionalism: A Canadian Case Study. Proceedings from the Water in the Athropocene - Challenges for Science and Governance Conference, Bonn, Germany, May.
Nicol, L. (2012). Water and City-Region Governance - Challenges in Rescaling. Proceedings from the Sustainable City Conference, Ancona, Italy, May.
Nicol, L., Bjornlund, H., and Klein, K. (2010): Private Irrigators in Southern Alberta: A Survey of their Adoption of Improved Irrigation Technologies and Management Practices. Canadian Water Resources Journal 35(3), 339-350.
Nicol, L., Bjornlund H. and Klein, K. ( 2010): Towards Sustainable Irrigation - Economic Instruments to Save and Reallocate Water in Private and District Irrigation in Alberta, Canada. Chapter in Brebbia, C.A., Marinov, A.M. and Bjornlund, H. Eds. Sustainable Irrigation Management, Technologies and Policies III. WITPress, Southampton.
Wheeler, S., Bjornlund, H., Olsen, T., Klein, K., and Nicol, L., (2010): Modelling the Adoption of Different Types of Irrigation Water Technology in Alberta, Canada. Chapter in Brebbia, C.A., Marinov, A.M. and Bjornlund, H. Eds. Sustainable Irrigation Management, Technologies and Policies III. WITPress, Southampton.
Nicol, L. (2010): Path Dependence and Critical Junctures - An Urban-Rural Water Sharing Study. Proceedings from the Irrigation Sustainability Conference, Bucharest, Romania, June.
Bjornlund, H., Nicol, L. and Klein, K. (2009): The Adoption of Improved Irrigation Technology and Management Practices - A Study of Two Irrigation Districts in Alberta, Canada. Journal of Agricultural Water Management 96, 121-131.
Nicol, L., Klein, K. and Bjornlund, H. (2008): Permanent Transfers of water rights: A study of the southern Alberta market. Prairie Forum 33(2), 341-56
Nicol, L, Bjornlund, H and Klein, K. (2008): Improved Technologies and management practices in irrigation - implications for water savings in Southern Alberta. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 33(3), 283-294
Bjornlund, H. Nicol, L. and Klein, K. (2008): Economic Instrument and Irrigation Water Management - A Comparative Study of Private and District Irrigators in Alberta, Canada. In Esteve, Y.V.; Brebbia, C.A. and Rico, C.P Eds. Sustainable Irrigation - Management Technologies and Policies II, 3-14.
Bjornlund, H., Nicol, L. and Klein, K. (2008): Implementing Alberta's Water for Life Strategy: An Irrigation Industry Perspective. Prairie Forum 33(1), 167-190.
Nicol, L., Bjornlund, H. and Klein, K. (2008): Improved Technologies and management practices in private irrigation - Implications for water savings in Southern Alberta. Proceedings from the International Conference, Water Down Under, Adelaide, April.
Bjornlund, H., Nicol, L. and Klein, K. (2007): Challenges in Implementing Economic Instruments to Manage Irrigation Water on Farms in Southern Alberta. Journal of Agricultural Water Management 92, 131-141.
Nicol, L. and Klein, K. (2006). Water market characteristics: Results from a survey of Southern Alberta irrigators. Canadian Water Resources Journal, 31(2), p. 91-104.