Kerry Black

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Assistant Professor

Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education

Canada Research Chair (Tier II)

Integrated Knowledge, Eng. & Sustainable Communities

PhD - Environmental Engineering

University of Guelph, 2017

M.A.Sc. - Civil Engineering

University of British Columbia, 2011

B.A. Sc - Civil Engineering

University of Toronto, 2007

Contact information


CNRL Engineering Complex : ENF 208

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Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Energy for the environment
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Environmental infrastructure (water and wastewater)
  • Environment and climate change
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Sustainable water management
  • Engineering education
  • Sustainable community development
  • Indigenous community-based research
  • Sustainable infrastructure


Sustainable Water & Wastewater Treatment and Management Through Bottom-Up Participatory Technology Development

  • Developing community-based frameworks and tools for water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Investigating Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigations Strategies for Sustainable Water & Wastewater Management for northern and remote communities, as well as urban contexts

Integrated Knowledge Approaches to Sustainable Infrastructure Design with a particular focus in Indigenous Communities

  • Advancing community-based participatory approaches to infrastructure design and management, utilizing quantitative and semi-qualitative methods to develop frameworks and tools.
  • Indigenous Knowledge integration into sustainable infrastructure design and management
  • Developing knowledge translation and assessment tools to support evidence-based decision making


Kerry Black is an Assistant Professor and Schulich Research Chair (Integrated Knowledge, Engineering & Sustainable Communities), in the Center for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE) and the Department of Civil Engineering, at the University of Calgary.   She received her PhD from the University of Guelph with research focused on sustainable water and wastewater management in Indigenous communities.  Her focus is to engage in a cross-disciplinary research platform, incorporating technical civil and environmental engineering principles and research, with policy and socio-economic components, focusing on sustainable infrastructure for healthy and resilient communities.  

Over the past 12 years, she worked extensively in the academic, public, private and non-profit sectors, employed in technical, scientific, policy, and management roles.  The majority of my experience has included working with and for Indigenous communities on urgent and pressing infrastructure issues across Canada.  Her cross-disciplinary research has been featured in both engineering and social science journals. Dr. Black is a strong advocate for increasing diversity in science and engineering, sustainability initiatives and programs, and community development, including her work with Indigenous communities, including most recently with the Assembly of First Nations and the British Columbia First Nations Housing & Infrastructure Council.


Black, K. McBean, E. (2018). Drinking Water Supply Systems: Addressing Advisories Through Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring Data. Journal for Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA. Accepted – In Press

Black, K. McBean, E. (2017d). Indigenous Water, Indigenous Voice – A National Water Strategy for Canada’s Indigenous Communities. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 

Black, K., McBean, E. (2017c). Community-Based Operator Training and Appropriate Certification Regimes for Indigenous Water and Wastewater Systems. Canadian Water Resources Journal. Accepted January 2017.

Black, K. McBean, E. (2017b) First Nations' water sustainability and Security Strategy: Tools and methodologies for community-driven processes for water treatment in Indigenous communities. Technology in Society.  50. 57-65. 

Black, K., McBean, E. (2017a). Analysis of challenges and opportunities to meaningful Indigenous engagement in sustainable water and wastewater management. Water Policy. 19 (4) 709-723.

Black, K., McBean, E. (2016). Increased Indigenous Participation in Environmental Decision-Making: A Policy Analysis for the Improvement of Indigenous Health. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 7(4).

Basu, O. D., Dhawan, S. and Black, K. (2016), Applications of biofiltration in drinking water treatment – a review. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol., 91: 585–595.

Black K. and Bérubé P.R. (2014) Rate and Extent of NOM Removal During Oxidation and Biofiltration, Water Research, 52C, 40-50.