Stephen Tyler’s work fosters innovation in climate resilience, sustainable land and resource management through concept development, applied research, capacity building, synthesis and promotion of effective policy and practice.

Dr. Tyler is the founder and president of Adaptive Resource Management Ltd., an interdisciplinary consulting practice specializing in community-oriented climate adaptation and natural resource management, active in B.C. and internationally. His recent work includes urban climate resilience in S.E. Asia, climate information and communication in B.C., adaptive policy frameworks for climate stress, and water management in Africa.

His areas of expertise include: institutional and socio-economic issues in natural resource management (conflict management/common pool resources/institutional analysis); climate change and adaptation; poverty reduction and resource use; governance, policy and decentralization in environment and natural resource management; urban environmental management and policy; research management and utilization; applications of interdisciplinary methods.

Since the early 1990s, Dr. Tyler’s work has focused on developing concepts, methods and tools for sustainable, community-based resource and environmental management. Dr. Tyler has worked as a policy analyst, consultant, and researcher on environment, energy and development issues with governments, research institutions and international agencies in Canada, the U.S. and Asia.

Dr. Tyler is also the recipient of a national-level Friendship Prize from the government of the People’s Republic of China for his collaborative work on natural resource management there.



  • Registered Professional Planner, British Colombia
  • Member, Canadian Institute of Planners.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Victoria.
  • Senior Associate, Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, Boulder, Colorado.


  • PhD in City and Regional Planning (1992): University of California, Berkeley.
  • Master of Environmental Design – Urban Planning (1980): University of Calgary.
  • Bachelor of Science – Geography and Biology (1974): Trent University..


  • English
  • French
  • Swedish
ADAPTool Guidebook: V2.0 for Existing Policies
Paper: Stephen Tyler, Kari Hansen Tyler, Dimple Roy, Darren Swanson (March 21, 2014)
Climate Resilience and Food Security: A framework for planning and monitoring
Paper: Stephen Tyler, Marius Keller, Darren Swanson, Livia Bizikova, Anne Hammill, Alicia Natalia Zamudio, Marcus Moench, Ajaya Dixit, Ramón Guevara Flores, Carlos Heer, Daysi González, Andrea Rivera Sosa, Angie Murillo Gough, José Luis Solórzano, Ceferino Wilson, Xochilt Hernandez, Steve Bushey (August 16, 2013)
Land and Water Resource Management in Asia: Challenges for climate adaptation
Paper: Stephen Tyler, Liz Fajber (February 23, 2009)