The Great Lakes Policy Research Network (GLPRN) was established in 2012 under a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant bringing together policy researchers and graduate students from eight universities in Canada and the United States. The goal of the partnership is to improve policy outcomes through the creation of new knowledge by engaging stakeholders in collaborative policy research projects to aid in the improvement of Great Lakes governance.

From 2012-2017 the project generated several resources and publications. A list of past and recent publications and reports can be found here.

In 2017, part of the network received funding from SSHRC to advance knowledge on water governance in the Great Lakes and extend the research focus to include other complex transboundary water systems.

Our current research focuses using the considerable scholarship on water governance, as well as insights from water practitioners and user communities, to develop new knowledge and tools related to understanding a system's ability to cope with complexity and become more adaptable.