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).
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:
- Wa Ni Ska Tan: An Alliance of Hydro Impacted Communities (2016-23) (SSHRC Partnership Grant) (Stéphane McLachlan, 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, University of Helsinki, PI)
- 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)
- Planning with Youth: A Tool and a Framework for an Engaging, Meaningful and Forward-Looking Participation of Youngsters in Shaping Attractive and Sustainable Living Environments (2019-22) (Swedish Research Council FORMAS) (Romina Rodela, Södertörn University, PI)
- NSERC ResNet: A Network for Monitoring, Modelling, and Managing Canadian Ecosystem Services for Sustainability and Resilience (2019-24) (NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant for Networks) (Elena Bennett, McGill University, PI)