My research deals with community involvement in environmental governance, particularly impact assessment. An important focus of my work is the learning implications of involvement and the consequences for social dimensions of sustainability. I study non-formal and informal learning and multiple types of outcomes, such as cognitive, value, behavioural, relational and institutional change. My work encompasses different societal levels (individuals, groups and organizations) and various social aspects, e.g., adaptive capacity, environmental justice and socio-political empowerment.
I am working on three projects with colleagues at The University of Winnipeg:
- Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND) is a five-year (2018-23) project with Ryan Bullock and Melanie Zurba (Dalhousie University). Supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant, this research is examining how to improve adaptive capacity in Canada's renewable resource sectors and regions.
- Judicial Environmentalism and the Poor: Examining the Impacts of Green Benches of State High Courts and National Green Tribunals in India (2017-20) is led by Kirit Patel at UWinnipeg affiliate Menno Simons College, part of Canadian Mennonite University. Funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Advanced Scholars Program, this study is assessing the impacts of high court and NGT rulings on environmental protection and social development.
- The Langside Learning Garden is a five-year (2018-23) community-based project undertaken in partnership with the Spence Neighbourhood Association. The project team includes Lee Anne Block, Judith Harris and Raf Otfinowski from UWinnipeg, and Olivia Michalczuk and Jamil Mahmood from SNA. The goals of the project are to develop sustainable urban gardening practices and model meaningful relationships between the University and the Spence neighbourhood.
- DRIED FISH MATTERS: Mapping the Social Economy of Dried Fish in South and Southeast Asia for Enhanced Wellbeing and Nutrition (2018-25) (SSHRC Partnership Grant), (Derek Johnson, University of Manitoba, PI)
- A Sustainable Spatial Planning Framework for Engaging Diverse Actors and Citizens in Revitalising In-Between Spaces for Social Inclusion, Biodiversity, and Well-Being (VIVA-PLAN) (2018-21) (Swedish Research Council FORMAS) (Christopher Raymond, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, PI)
- Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro Impacted Communities (2016-23) (SSHRC Partnership Grant) (Stéphan McLachlan, University of Manitoba, PI)
- Pathways to Resilience (2015-2018) (Bath Spa University, Santander Universities Scheme, The University of Winnipeg) (Team members: Rich Johnson & Esther Edwards, Bath Spa University; Kesar Chand & J.C. Kuniyal, GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development; James Gardner, University of Manitoba; D.D Sharma, Himachal Pradesh University)