Tara McGee, PhD, BES
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
- (780) 492-3042
3-89 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H4
Associate Dean (EDI), College of Natural and Applied Sciences - Dean's Office
6-43 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H1
PhD (1996) The Australian National University
BES (1989) Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Co-op), University of Waterloo.
- Human dimensions of wildfire
- Human dimensions of environmental hazards
- Wildfire mitigation and preparedness by homeowners and governments
- Wildfire evacuation
- Wildfire recovery
- Wildfire experiences Indigenous communities
- Qualitative research methods
Dr. McGee’s research focuses on individual, community, and organizational responses to wildfires, and other environmental hazards. She has completed numerous studies on the human dimensions of wildfire, including wildfire risk perceptions, prevention, mitigation and preparedness, evacuation, and recovery. Most of her human dimensions of wildfire research is based in Canada, including the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership. Although Dr. McGee’s research has focused mainly on wildfires, she has carried out and supervised research related to other hazards including floods, earthquakes, and avalanches.
- First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership (Principal Investigator) https://www.eas.ualberta.ca/awe
Lab - Human Dimensions of Hazards Research Group
HM Tory Building, room 3-2
HGEO 252 Human Dimensions of Environmental Hazards
This second year Human Geography course introduces students to key concepts and theoretical frameworks in the human dimensions of environmental hazards and disasters field, including vulnerability, environmental justice, resilience, mitigation and preparedness, recovery, risk communication, risk perceptions, social amplification of risk, and warning response. Students will also gain knowledge about the roles and responsibilities of the public and government agencies in environmental hazard mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.
Students interested in completing their PhD/MA on the human dimensions of wildfires should contact me to discuss their research interests. I would also be happy to speak to other students with research interests in the broader human dimensions of hazards field.
Tara K. McGee, Ludwig Paul B. Cabling
International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2022 May; 31 (6):599-606 10.1071/WF20177
Tara K. McGee, Amy Cardinal Christianson, and the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership
Purich Books. 2021 July;
Tara K. McGee
Fire Safety Journal. 2021 March; 120 10.1016/j.firsaf.2020.103120
Tara K. McGee
Fire. 2019 March; 2 10.3390/fire2010013
Tara K. McGee, Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation, Amy Cardinal Christianson
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.
Leanne Labossiere, Tara K. McGee
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 22
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