Research program

My research program deals with community involvement in environmental governance, particularly environmental impact assessment. An important focus of my work is the learning implications of involvement and the consequences for social aspects of sustainability. I study non-formal, informal and social learning and different types of outcomes, such as cognitive, value, behavioural, relational, policy and institutional change. My work covers various levels of social organization (e.g., individuals, groups and organizations) and different aspects of social sustainability (e.g., adaptive capacity, environmental justice and socio-political empowerment).

Current projects

Co-Investigator, Climate Learning and Adaptation for Northern Development (C-LAND) (2018-23), SSHRC Insight Grant (Ryan Bullock, PI). This research is examining how social learning can be used to improve adaptive capacity in Canada's renewable resource sectors and regions.

Co-Principal Investigator, Judicial Environmentalism and the Poor: Examining the Impacts of Green Benches of State High Courts and National Green Tribunals in India (2017-20), SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Kirit Patel, PI), 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.

Co-Principal Investigator, Langside Learning Garden (2018-23) Spence Neighbourhood Association, University of Winnipeg, United Nations Association of Canada (Lee Anne Block, Judith Harris, Raf Otfinowski, Olivia Michalczuk, Co-PIs). This is a community-based action research project to develop sustainable urban gardening practices and model meaningful relationships between the University and the Spence neighbourhood.

I am also involved as a Collaborator or Co-Investigator in several large national and international projects: