Research program

My program focuses on community involvement in environmental governance, the learning implications of involvement (e.g., cognitive, value, behavioural and relational change), and the consequences for social aspects of sustainability, such as equity, empowerment and capacity development. My work encompasses environmental assessment, risk management, and institutional and policy analysis, and it includes involvement and learning at multiple societal levels (e.g., by individuals, groups and organizations).

Current projects

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. Our project partners are Gujarat National Law University, the Foundation for Ecological Security and the International Institute for Sustainable 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 and Judith Harris, and Natalie James 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.
I am also involved in two projects supported by SSHRC Partnership Grants led by colleagues at the University of Manitoba, along with an international project supported by FORMAS led by a colleague at the University of Helsinki :