Research Areas:BiodiversityClimate ChangeCommunities and LivelihoodsConservationForest PolicySocial Science
My research and teaching interests focus on the interconnected themes of conservation and social-ecological change. I am specifically interested in human behavioural, institutional and policy elements of managing social-ecological systems (SES) in a rapidly changing world.
Here are some of the environmental issues that I am currently working on with my research group:
- Climate Change Adaptation and Transformation: Perception and governance of risks associated with novel management interventions for biodiversity and natural resources (eg assisted migration, altered fire regimes)
- Knowledge Politics at the Science-Policy-Management Interface: Social and political processes by which the credibility of different forms of knowledge and expertise is asserted (and contested) from community level to global conservation initiatives
- Promise and Pushback of Targets-Based Environmental Governance: From the Convention on Biological Diversity to the Sustainable Development Goals, the use and pursuit of targets is enjoying widespread enthusiasm in policy and public spheres. It has also raised fundamental concerns about the potential risks (for both biodiversity and human communities) of governing through goals that are inextricably linked with particular ways of counting and knowing biodiversity.
Prospective students: If you are interested in applying social science perspectives and methods to advance understanding of complex conservation and management dilemmas, please get in touch via email with a letter of interest and CV.
Novel Environmental Management Interventions in the AnthropoceneCurrent
2017 – 2021
Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Grant
Targets Through Time: Negotiating knowledge (s) and Constructing Future Possibilities for Global Biodiversity Governance Current
2017 – 2020
Principal Investigator, SSHRC Insight Development Grant
CoAdapTree: Healthy Trees for Future Climates Current
2017 – 2020
Co-Investigator, Genome Canada
Wildfire 2017: Community-Based Solutions to a Wicked Problem Current
2017 – 2020
Co-Investigator, Peter Wall Solutions Initiative
Climate Adaptation for Conservation – Evaluating Success Current
September, 2019 – December, 2020
Principal Investigator – Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation