Rainer Knopff is Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary.
His work ranges broadly across the areas of public law, public policy, and political thought, with a particular focus on Canadian issues. He has published numerous books, articles, and chapters in these areas. Current work includes a book entitled How Democratic is the Charter, and Does it Matter?, which builds on an article of the same name. Another book project, tentatively entitled Courting Controversy, explores the rhetorical strategies used by courts to manage highly contentious public issues. A somewhat different line of research concerns landuse issues in Alberta, with an emphasis on how policies governing hunting and fishing rights can be adjusted to improve wildlife stewardship and the stability of ecologically significant landscapes. He is also pursuing research on aboriginal hunting and fishing rights.