MSC Student, McGill University
Current enviornmental governance in Canada often insufficiently and inadequately addresses the social and ecological problems of an ecosystem or landscape. The importance of interdesciplinary environmental governance that understands ecological mechanisms and includes the voices of indigenous groups and other social actors cannot be understated. This kind of governance, called social-ecological fit (SEF), is slowly gaining traction in scientific literature and institutional policies.
My research looks into how to measure SEF in various landscapes. I will be working with actors in different social-ecological networks to research how to improve environmental governance in these certain landscapes. I aim to create a framework to measure and identify indicators of strong SEF on a case-by-case basis using bayesian analysis and social network analysis. My current project focuses on flood-risk in the North Onslow Saltmarsh in Truho, Nova Scotia.
Social-ecological fit; environmental governance; environmental
management; social-networks; ecological systems; flood-risk