COLLABORATION

Research is often a collaborative endeavour! Here are some students with whom I have collaborated (whom I've supervised either as Research Assistants or as part of their thesis requirements). See below for other collaborative projects with colleagues. 

Anil Arora (RA Summer 2019) is a recent graduate of the Masters of Environmental Sustainability program at the University of Ottawa. While pursuing his Master’s, Anil’s research focused on the challenges and opportunities of a meat tax policy in Canada for climate change mitigation. Prior to completing his Master of Science degree, Anil completed a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at the University of Toronto. He is passionate about food sustainability, wildlife conservation, and climate change mitigation.

Andrew Heffernan (RA Summer 2019) is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Ottawa. He holds a joint honours degree in political science and history, an honours degree in globalization and international development and a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a specialization in environmental sustainability. Major research interests include African politics, global environmental governance, International Relations, and assemblages. He is author of “Africanizing the State: Globalizing the Discipline” published in the journal Nokoko. He also works as part of the editorial team for the CIPS graduate student journal Potentia, as well as an organizing member for the annual graduate student conference put on by CIPS.


Melissa Sonnemann-Samuel (RA Spring 2019) is a fourth year undergraduate who has recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Development and Globalization  at the University of Ottawa, and who will be pursuing a Masters of Arts in Labour Studies at McMaster in the Fall of 2019. She is enthusiastic about human and environmental rights, sustainable living, and the labouring bodies that work to make each of those possible. Exploring the Future of Protein as part of this RA has solidified the importance of diversity (of people, perspectives, and ideas) in paving a path towards a healthy, sustainable, and culturally appropriate future.


Jaidyn McEwen  (RA Winter 2019) is a fourth year undergraduate student completing an Honours in Social Sciences with specialization in Political Science and a minor in Criminology at the University of Ottawa. She has assisted with research pertaining to the Growth-Environment debate, identifying key intellectuals and works that have contributed to the debate. Jaidyn looks forward to pursuing post graduate studies in law where she intends to increase her knowledge in the areas of justice and equality across a variety of areas, including the environmental sector. 


Alexandre Bellemare (Mémoire, Hiver 2019) a obtenu son baccalauréat ès sciences de l'Université de Montréal. Depuis, il a travaillé au gouvernement du Canada dans plusieurs postes et ministères, dont Élections Canada au sein d'une équipe qui s'est vu décerner le prix d’excellence de la fonction publique 2016. Alexandre a également été réserviste dans les Forces armées canadienne à titre d’officier des blindés et est actuellement Coordonnateur d’événements majeurs et de conférences internationales au sein de l’équipe de la Gestion des événements et conférences. Il termine présentement sa maîtrise en relations internationales en rédigeant son mémoire sur le sujet de la souveraineté canadienne en arctique, plus précisément en tentant d'analyser les dissonances au niveau du discours des derniers gouvernements sur cet enjeu. Alexandre est marié et attend son premier enfant d’un jour à l’autre.



Claudia Gaudreault (MRP Summer 2019) is pursuing a Master’s of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Ottawa. While completing a Bachelor in Environmental Engineering at Carleton University, she developed an interest in the social, political, and economic aspects of climate change. Through her RP, she intends to explore concepts such as climate justice and climate debt, and their implications for climate action. 


Alida Doelle (UROP Winter 2019) is a third year undergraduate student completing a Joint Honours in Political Science and Economics at the University of Ottawa. She is working on an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project investigating the feasibility of the international aviation sectors goal of carbon neutral growth. This project has introduced her to research in environmental sustainability, an area in which she hopes to continue to study


Christopher Kelly-Bisson (RA Fall 2018) is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at the University of Ottawa. His research documents the extent of farmland acquisition by the public and private financial investment entities in eastern Ontario. It also explores the drivers of farmland financialization, as well as regulatory and policy changes needed for farmland preservation in Ontario. Christopher also operated an organic market garden for four years in the east-end of the Ottawa Greenbelt.


Julia Szwarc (RA Fall 2018) is pursuing a Master's of Arts in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa. Her thesis project focuses on discourses of sustainability in the Canadian media, and how this concept is used to justify seemingly contradictory environmental policies. This project draws upon environmental communication literature, as well as critical theories of communication, and proposes alternative strategies for establishing a just and environmentally sound future. 

Amy Parker (RA Fall 2018) is a Master's Student in Political Science at the University of Ottawa.  Her area of focus is political ecology, using a Marxist analytical lens.  She also completed her Bachelor's Degree, Joint Honours History and Political Science, at the University of Ottawa.  In 2017, she published an article, "Bison in the Metabolic Rift? The Decline of the Bison in World-Ecological Perspective" in CLIO, uOttawa's undergraduate history journal.  Her research interests include ecological politics, ecosocialism and eco-Marxism, conservation policy, and queer ecologies.  She lives in Centretown with her cat, Max.

Erin Whittingham (RA Winter 2018 and MRP Summer 2018) is a degrowther that is working towards social transformation in order to live in a world that respects the environment and community. She has studied environmental sustainability at the University of Ottawa, international development at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France, and journalism at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Her previous research focused on community shared agriculture, and the institutionalization of ecological sustainability, community building, and risk sharing within the practice. Her current focus is on societal transitions and transformations within Canada. She lives in the communal house Faith House in Ottawa, and dreams of the mountains on the west coast!


Agatha Maciaszek (MRP Winter 2018) is a Master's of Environmental Sustainability student at the University of Ottawa. She completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in 2016, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies. After completing a community-based experiential project focused on food waste in the Halton region in 2016 and a capstone project analyzing Ottawa's waste diversion performance 2017, Agatha has become increasingly interested in the field of waste management. As a result, the focus of her Master's research is concentrated within this field, determining what the best practices are for implementing a PET single-use beverage container deposit-refund program in Ontario. 


Pieter Bruegel's "The Tower of Babel" (1563) shows the
construction of this biblical collaborative building project.
Here are some other collaborative research projects I am currently organizing (or have previously organized) in collaboration with colleagues...

Twelve Years Left to Save the World!? Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance. Special Panel Hosted by CIPS at the University of Ottawa - February 2019. [With organizing support from Andrew Heffernan]

Climate Change and Academia: Addressing the Carbon Footprint of Scholarly Conferences. Special Roundtable held at Congress 2018, University of Regina.

Voices for a just and sustainable prosperity: The next 150 years of the growth-environment relationship. Special Roundtable held at Congress 2017, Ryerson University.

Critical Geographies of Energy! Three consecutive paper sessions at the AAG 2017 in Boston.

Green Meat! A project considering whether meat eating can be sustainable. Roundtables and book project at Congress (ESAC/CPSA) in Calgary and CAFS in Scarborough (June 2016). 

Critical Geographies of Climate Fixes and Green Infrastructure Panel! At the AAG in Tampa (April 2014).

Harperian Ecologies Panel! At the Annual Conference for ESAC (June 2013).