I am a faculty member with the Waterloo Institute of Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) as well as an Associate Professor and Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. My interdisciplinary academic background has focused on exploring the utility of complex systems-based approaches to understanding and intervening in linked social, ecological, epistemological systems. I have strong research interests and partnerships that relate to fostering adaptive capacity, social and environmental justice and social innovation in the field of environmental policy. I work closely with several First Nations groups in both northern and southern Ontario as well as conservation and environmental movement organizations in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario.
The goal of my research has been to explore the utility of a complex systems-based approach to developing knowledge of, and effectively intervening within, linked social-ecological systems to foster resilience, sustainability and social and environmental justice, and to leverage this research for teaching and intervention.
My approach to teaching is student-centred, research-based, problem-oriented, interdisciplinary, collaborative, rooted in theory and linked to practice with the development of skills being emphasized. I use practical case studies to engage students in real-life issues that require insight and synthesis from a variety of disciplines.
I'm committed to collaborative, participatory, problem-oriented and transdiciplinary research that is informed by theory and immediately applicable to real-world problems. My research is currently focused around two long-term collaborations in Timmins, Ontario and with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority